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Hi I'm Mark Devey

I want to find solutions for earth's natural resources. This planet, our home, is important to me. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

An appreciation for the outdoors has always been important to my family. Growing up in the beautiful American West, hiking, camping, cycling, fishing, and wildlife have become part of our family culture. Over the years, my own enthusiasm for the natural world turned into a fascination for how it works and how we, as people, interact with it. As a student, I have begun studying natural resources-- in particular, watershed science. I believe that water, next to energy, is the most important resource we have on this earth, and that it's certainly the most precious. I also believe that earth is a gift, a home given to us from a loving Heavenly Father, and that we have the privilege and responsibility to be stewards over it. I look forward to a future career in natural resources so I can make a difference for something important to me-- that, and I'm just a downright science geek! I also come from a music-and-arts background. Seeing how my parents met in college band, it's not hard to imagine how that happened. I primarily play the trombone, and musical performance been an important part of my life for ten years now. Most recently I performed with my university's jazz ensemble. When it comes down to it, I'm a sucker for just about anything to do with the fine arts. Aside from that, my interests are mostly centered around my dear friends, outdoor adventure, education, and my religion. I'm currently away for missionary service in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon because of the happiness and hope that living the teachings of this church brings me. I cannot imagine the kind of person I would be if I wasn't living the gospel of this church. The principles and teachings of God taught through the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and modern prophets have worked in my life, and as I've faithfully lived them, the blessings have made themselves evident in my life. Simply put, I have found no better place to look for happiness, service to others, and fulfillment than through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The gospel of Jesus Christ offers a way for me to become forgiven of my sins and misdeeds and become a new, clean person when I've decided to turn away from those parts of my life or things I have done that are contrary to the person who I want to be. I can find forgiveness through Him. The teachings of Christ and the prophets have time after time shown me the way to personal happiness, and have taught me how to touch the lives of others through things like forgiveness, honesty, service, humility, selflessness, and love.

How I live my faith

When I went to college, I had the opportunity to be a part of a small ward, or congregation, of students who lived on campus. Because there were so few of us, the members all had at least one responsibility in making it a meaningful and uplifting experience for everybody. Since we were all away from our families (in many instances for the first time), we all got together in groups on Monday evenings for the college student version of what's called "family home evening". This is, of course, something we normally do with families, but since we were all away from home, our ward was the next best thing. We would pray, someone would share a message from the scriptures, and then we would just do something fun like volleyball, hiking, or concerts. I had the responsibility of coordinating family home evening every week for the ward. On top of that, I was able to serve as a president over the men's organization within the ward. Basically, I got to help make sure all the members were doing okay, and on some Sundays, I would teach a class. I learned so much then, and I'm glad to have been able to serve so many people. When new members joined the church, I had the privilege of teaching them about the Book of Mormon and the Savior Jesus Christ. I can't think of a more beautiful responsibility than to teach my knowledge of the gospel of Christ with someone who has just begun to feel its influence.