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Hi I'm Mark

I love Family History. Our family is "international" & It's great being a Mormon!

About Me

I'm a father of two & have been married for more than 25 years. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has shown me how to be a better Father & Husband. It's challenging to raise a family in the world today, but my faith helps me to stay focused on the things that matter, such as my family. I know that families can be together forever & God, Our Heaven Father will make that possible if I pray to Him daily. Lasting happiness comes through keeping the commandments & following the teachings of our Savior.

Why I am a Mormon

I know there's nothing more precious to me than my family. The best way I can provide for their needs is through teaching them self-reliance & Faith in Jesus Christ. We continue to help each other daily & show our gratitude for the blessings we receive through serving others. I know that your family can also find endless joy if you choose to follow our Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

There's a sweet feeling that comes from sitting with my family during our Sunday meetings. My wife loves teaching the young children in Primary about our savior. I serve as a Family History Consultant & continue to learn more each week. We frequently talk about things we can do to help our eternal relationship grow, including family traditions, taking family photos, & recording special family events in our journals or diaries, reading the scriptures together & holding daily family prayer.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Mark
As a father of two great children, I've come to more clearly understand the unconditional love that our Father in Heaven has for His children. . He wants us to find joy thru keeping His commandments. There are times that he feels sorrow when we make mistakes (sin) & must repent of our wrong doings. He wants us to communicate with him through prayer. We can come to know Him as we read the scriptures and understand God's Plan for us. We can become like Him as we exercise agency and make good choices daily. We can live with him again after this life is over. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Mark
Both my parents were raised in different religions & had unanswered questions. Two sister missionaries visited our home offering to share a message & discussed some of their questions. My parents prayed about the things they read in the Book of Mormon & felt the spirit confirm the truthfulness of this gospel so they were baptized into the church. About fifteen years later, I had the blessing of serving as a missionary in New Zealand offering this same opportunity to all those who accepted the invitation to follow our Savior. My wife is also a convert & I know that God answers prayers. Blessings follow those who exercise faith in Him. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Mark
Our church is very Family-Friendly so meeting attendance ranges in age from 1-100 years old. Classes are aimed at bringing all souls unto Christ with lesson materials supported by the King James Version of the Bible as well as modern-day scripture such as the Book of Mormon. Our meetings are held on Sunday & open to anyone who wishes to attend. Class participation is encouraged but not required. We hold three meetings back to back with a short break in between. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Mark
Missionaries have been called to preach Faith in Jesus Christ & Repentance. Their message answers questions such as "What happens after Death? Why is Life so hard? Does God still speak to Man today?" As the Holy Ghost bears witness to the truthfulness of God's message, the missionaries invite others to exercise their faith & follow Christ thru baptism into his church for remission of their sins. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Mark
We believe that Families are Forever which means that the same family unit that exists today with a Mother, Father & their children will continue beyond the veil of death and into the eternities! Jesus Christ broke the chains of death allowing all who die to live again. The quality of that eternal life depends largely upon our compliance to God's commandments today. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Mark
I think it's important to remember that only a select number of men (those who were named in the revelation) were called to live this law for a short period of time to fulfill the purposes of God. Those men who accepted the call were obedient & exercised great faith as well as love & patience. When it was later outlawed, God issued a commandment that it was to be discontinue. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Mark
There are several great publications that explain the purposes of the temple & the sacredness associated with them. I would invite everyone who has not attended an Open House to do so if the opportunity presents itself in your area. There is no greater joy to be obtained in this life than entering a temple of the Lord with your family. It's a place where eternal blessings are granted unto God's children. A place I'd describe as Heaven on Earth. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Mark
If you read today's headlines you'll quickly see that overwhelming disasters are happening around the world. We need to prepare our families to provide for our future needs as well as the needs of our neighbors. Wouldn't it be great if you could be part of the SOLUTION & not part of the PROBLEM when it comes to natural disasters? Show more Show less