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Hi I'm Mark

I'm from sunny Southern California, I write a popular blog dedicated to movies, I'm a P90X grad and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I feel a little bit like John Watson from the popular BBC series "Sherlock" when people ask about me, namely that I'd respond by saying something like "There's not much to me" or "Nothing ever happens to me." If I could give a little synopsis of myself, however, I would say that when it comes to hobbies or interests mine are mostly limited to reading books, many of them lengthy. I love going to the movies and then writing about them, as well as doing writing of my own, and, like the books I read, not being loyal to one genre. I'm close with my family and spend a great deal of time with them, both immediate and extended. Our movie nights are of course among my favorite of our activities, though I also enjoy time just by myself, whether that be reading a book or talking a walk, especially taking a walk as it offers me some free time with music. I don't go a day without some time set aside for just listening to music, mostly soundtracks from films. I've also gained a liking for cooking, mostly because I do almost all the cooking in our family, except for the weekends when my mother, as politely as she can, claims her title as head chef.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized at age eight, for me meaning that I was born into the church, and I am grateful for this as now I recognize how I and my family have been blessed as members of the church. Honestly there has never been a time in my life where I was not grateful for this blessing, or where I was thinking that perhaps I was in the wrong place. This is not merely because I was born into the church or because it's been hammered into me, I myself know that as a member of this church that I am in the right place, that every Sunday I feel at peace surrounded by my brothers and sisters and that our church bears the name of Jesus Christ because it is his church and he is at the head of it. I know He lives, that he is my savior and my redeemer, and that His love for me is of a magnitude that in my earthly state I am not fully able to understand.

How I live my faith

In my ward I try as often as I can to participate in events that are specific to aiding to our community, such as a large food drive we, along with several other wards, recently participated in by collecting food, sorting it, and packing it into the semi-trucks which would deliver the food. Other times when there are opportunities for service, such as the recognizable "Mormon Helping Hands", again I try as often as possible to participate. I am a home teacher, and admittedly I do not have a perfect record here, but I have never had a less than enriching experience home teaching the families I'm assigned to. Some Sundays I do teach. I must admit this initially was a rather nervous experience, but thankfully I was reassured by those whom I was teaching that I was far too hard on myself, and that conversely I did well as a teacher. It is somewhat nerve-wracking, but also exciting!