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Hi I'm Mark Giles

Born in England; lived in Dublin, Ireland; Now live in San Francisco Bay Area ... Father, Husband, Business Leader - I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm a convert to the church, baptized on Mar 12th, 1994. English (though half Irish) I now live in the US ... I am married for 25 years and have one son - we are all English - but want to take out US Citizenship soon. I have travelled a lot for work, so prefer to travel for fun now! I love science fiction and fantasy, serious and fun - also a huge Doctor Who fan! Love to eat out with friends and family, especially Sashimi. I work in HiTech, and am a bit of a geek about gadgets and toys! Love to relax with the family or go for a walk with our dog, Bing! Being from Southampton, I have followed the Saints (Football/Soccer) from an early age - little did I know I would be a Saint one day too!

Why I am a Mormon

I never intended to become Mormon, or indeed to join any religion. My mother raised us with Catholic principles, though we did not attend church. As I grew up, I decided that I was sure that God did not exist and was openly atheist. After marriage, and my son was born, I changed jobs - working with a company based in Utah. I visited Temple Square, met lots of great people - many of them Mormon - and began to open my mind and heart to Heavenly Father. I began to ask questions of the Mormons I met, wanting to learn more - I also explored other religions as part of my Journey - but as I took Moroni's Promise to heart, I knew that the LDS church was true and the right path for me and my family - that was some 20 years ago! If you want to know more about me, my conversion or why I am a Mormon - let me know :)

How I live my faith

I try to be a little more like Christ every day - not always easy, I do my best, and I know it is worth it! I have been involved in Scouts - supporting our son as he worked towards his Eagle. Presently I teach on Sundays, usually about the history of the church and the messages of our Prophets - I really enjoy learning from the discussions. But mainly I live my faith by being me, by being a good example, and helping others.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Mark Giles
One of the strengths of the Church is it members, and the community they develop in their wards - in part this is because there are no paid clergy. It is the members' responsibility and privilege to serve each other - this is very Christ like - and enables everyone to do their part. Each of the members take on the many jobs or positions within the ward congregation - these are known as callings. They could be positions such as teacher, clerks, youth leaders, event organizers - I am presently a teacher in my ward. Local leaders seek divine guidance when considering who should do which calling, allowing a member to bless others with their service. We gain personal blessings from the work, and in my experience, an opportunity for me to grow spiritually and improve my life skills. Show more Show less