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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in Texas. I am a husband, father, and grandfather. I am a professor and a family counselor. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for almost 30 years. My wife and I have 8 children, and 5 grandchildren. I am a college professor and a family therapist. I like to golf, play racquetball, and remodel homes. Mainly, I like to spend time with my family. We have much fun together. We like to ski, camp, play sports, and work together. My favorite times are when we are all together.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the South. My father was turned off by religion, so he never attended. My Mom gained great strength from religion, and she made sure us--her four children attended Church weekly with her. My mom never found a Church that she felt completely comfortable with. We spent many Sunday's visiting different churches. Like Joseph Smith, I suppose that I wondered how all of these Churches, that professed the same principle beliefs, were so different. Finally, when I was a teenager, my Mom settled on a baptist Church in our area. I liked that church because many of my school friends attended. However, I noticed that my friends drank, smoke, cussed, and were immoral. Yet, they showed up for Church each Sunday. I began to wonder what the purpose of religion was, since it didn't seem to be doing anything for my friends. In the 10th grade, I met a Mormon for the first time. We played High School Sports together, and I began to notice that he was different from any of my current friends. He seemed to live a clean, moral, purposeful life. He was an example of clean living. When I came to know his family, I discovered that they were all wonderful, strong, principled people. They lived their religion, and they also had so much fun as a family. I realized that this was the type of family I wanted to have one day. When I told my parents about my new "Mormon" friend, they became very concerned. They told me that Mormonism was a cult; that Mormon's had strange believes, and that they were Satanic. I wondered how this could be because when I was with my friend, I felt so much peace, love, and happiness. After I graduated from High School, I took the missionary lessons. The minute the missionaries told me the Joseph Smith Story, I knew it was true. The minute I began to read the Book of Mormon, I knew it was true. I learned that the Church Jesus Christ established was restored to the earth, with authority, ordinances, and covenants, and truth!

How I live my faith

Currently, I am the bishop of my ward. My favorite part of my calling is working with the youth, and seeing their lives change for the better. I love to teach the gospel because I feel the Lord's strength and power when I teach His words. The most important way that I live my faith is 1) by studying His word--the word of God, 2) by praying and communicating with God, and 3) and by trying to be more like my Savior. As I engage in those practices, the Holy Spirit attends me and helps me to feel peace, happiness, and hope every day.