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Hi I'm Mark

I am a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was baptized in the Salt Lake Tabernacle font!

About Me

I grew up in a part-member family. My mother was of Pioneer Heritage, my father not a member. We were "less active." When my father joined the Church in 1968, my mother and younger sister became active as well, and they influenced me to become active. I served a mission to Vienna in 1973 at age 26. It has made all the difference in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Utah, with a strong Latter-day Saint history on my mother's side. Her great grandparents emigrated from England and Germany and came to the United States, crossed the plains, suffered hardships, and helped to settle the Salt Lake Valley in the 1840's. My father's family had had a strong Quaker background, but he had not been a practicing member. When he joined the Church in 1968, it influenced our family to become active in the Church and influenced me to serve a full-time mission. Part of my family are still less active. I believe by serving where I am called and using my talents and blessings to be of service to others, I can be a positive influence for good, honor my priesthood, and make a contribution to the building of the Kingdom.

How I live my faith

I have had the blessing of serving closely with ward and stake leadership as a bishopric member, an executive secretary, a member of the high council, in Young Men and Sunday School auxiliaries, and have served for the past five years as stake executive secretary--for the third time. I served my present stake president as executive secretary when he was bishop for 6 1/2 years. I have taught youth, children, adults, Gospel Doctrine, served as a full-time missionary and have had the opportunity for many leadership positions, in spite of having remained a single man.