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Hi I'm Mark Brown

Hello :-). I'm an athlete. I'm an army brat. I'm a brother to 5 siblings. I enjoy eating oreos with milk. Also, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. I'm currently 19 years old and preparing for a mission. I've been assigned to labour in the Antananarivo, Madagascar mission and will be speaking Malagasy. I was born in Monterey, California, but because my dad is in the army I've lived all over the place. I moved eight times before I was 14 and lived in place like Macedonia, Germany, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. At the end of my 8th grade year I accepted a place at Shattuck St. Mary's, a soccer academy in Faribault, Minnesota. This boarding school, where I was able to play the sport I loved every day from the ages of 14-18, changed my life and shaped me into the person I am today. I chose to attend UVU to play soccer during my senior year because of the flexibility it offered me with my LDS mission. I come from a family of 8, I have 2 brother and 3 sisters, in boy-girl order, haha so kind of like the Brady Bunch. Haha I really don't do too much besides play soccer and go to school. I enjoy hanging with friends, looking for things to do, and having fun, but as far as things that I'm really good at soccer is about it lol. Also the inventor of the "#4DM" hashtag, it will be used worldwide soon enough. I also hold a patent for the Chinjin, which will soon also be a worldwide sensation.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon for the simple reason that it makes me happy. I feel more joy and peace in my life when I am living the way that I know my Heavenly Father wants me to live. I equate the peace and happiness I experience in church, reading the Book of Mormon, or watching General Conference (talks given by the Prophet and the Apostles of the Church) to the happiest moments of my life outside the church. The greatest joys that the world can offer can also be found in pages of the Book of Mormon or in church on Sundays. These feelings are brought to us through the Holy Ghost, a spirit used by God to communicate with us. For a very long time I had troubles grasping concepts like these. My best subjects in school are math and science. The thing about these classes, at least in my experience, is that you understand everything or you understand nothing, which is why people love or hate them. There is a calculated and tangible method to find everything, so it is all right in front of you. When you get things right you know, there is no hoping or guessing, its completely right or its not. The church is not like that. The scriptures are not black and white. There are many gray areas and questions that cannot be answered. No one will ever have a full knowledge or even close to a near knowledge of everything. So for a long time I struggled with knowing if the gospel was true or not. At the end of the day though, I know what I feel. The power and peace that the Holy Ghost can bring into the hearts of people can change their lives, I know this because its changed my life. The summer before my senior year I took the leap of faith to commit myself to a mission and I never looked back. This gospel has made me, and continues to make me, a better person. It challenges me to love and serve others unconditionally, it brings me closer to my friends and family, and it allows me to continually have the Holy Ghost in my life. There are no coincidences in this church, they are blessings from God.

How I live my faith

Because I move around so much and have lived in small branches I haven't had many callings/responsibilities in the church. My most important calling in church probably came when I was the 1st counselor in the deacons quorum.......I was one of two deacons. Haha so since I've never had any calling I've learned to live the gospel in a different way. I've never been one to proclaim I'm Mormon or do crazy things to bring attention to that fact that I am LDS. I have a testimony of the small and simple things of this gospel. So I live my faith by doing those exact things. Studying my scriptures, praying, attending church meetings, firesides, conference, etc., and trying to apply the teachings of the Book of Mormon in my life, to be more patient, kind, loving, happy, etc. I once heard a quote that went along the lines of "If there were to ever be a happy people, we should be it! We have a knowledge and a testimony of the restored gospel!" Haha and I think thats so true! Living my faith has brought so much happiness and joy into my life.