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Hi I'm Mark

I have lived all around the world under the orders of the Air Force. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I will be serving a mission in the Baltic region from August 2017-August 2019. I am very eager to go and serve the Lord and His children. After my mission, I will attend BYU Provo and study Chemistry, hopefully leading me into Pre-Med. I am also a military child, so I have lived all over the world, including Germany and Japan. While in Germany I learned the language to a proficient fluency. I enjoy spending time in the mountains, as well as playing soccer. I also love playing strategic board games. I look forward to finding my Eternal Companion after my mission and starting my forever family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Spirit has testified to me that this is His true Church. The Book of Mormon is true. In the very last chapter of the Book (Moroni 10:4) it reads, "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy ghost." I have studied this Book and asked to know if it's true, and it is. My answer came. It was not some grandios revelation, it was just a feeling of love and peace. That is very often how the Spirit communicates with me. I know that Joseph Smith was the Prophet of the Restoration, a Prophet of God. Jesus Christ restored the Church to this Earth through Joseph Smith. He was given the tools necessary to translate the Book of Mormon. He sacrificed very much, even his life, to see this Gospel go forward. I know that we have a Prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson. He holds all the sacred Keys of the Priesthood. He holds all the authority to exercise God's power here on Earth. The love-inspired words of the General Authorities of this Church are truly revelation from the Lord, the One who loves us most. Listen to their words and you will hear the voice of the Savior. I know that our Savior lives. He suffered first in the Garden of Gethsemane and then on the Cross. He made the greatest Sacrifice that there ever was and would be. He suffered for every single person's sins, griefs, pains, and sorrows. All that we feel, He understands. That is why when we turn to Him in our afflictions, He is able to lift us up. Despite the Savior's death, however, He rose from the grave and conquered it. Because of Him, we will ALL live again. Because of Him, our families can be sealed for time and all eternity in the sacred Temple of the Lord. This glad message is my joy.

How I live my faith

I really try to magnify every calling I receive in the Church. I see them as a tremendous way to serve. It doesn't matter where you are, you always have the opportunity to serve Ward members, and what a great blessing that is. I have always loved hometeaching because it allows me the opportunity to care for a few families in the ward closely. It carves out time in my busy life where I can go and care for a select number of individuals on a deeper level. I have always been very close to my hometeaching families. Ward activities are also great opportunities to enjoy the company of other great members of the Church. There is a remarkable sense of belonging and love that comes when you spend time with your Ward family. I have felt that. Something that I have always told myself is that even if I didn't believe anything else about this Gospel, I would still believe that this was a Gospel of love and truth because of the people. That is not to say that the people are perfect, but we all try so hard and members of the Church seek to help others. Truly, we are all here to lift one another's burdens, and we do.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Mark
We need a Savior because we are natural, human beings. We have the tendency to make mistakes. Sometimes we are selfish, unkind, or impatient, all things that do not bring joy. We are here on this Earth to have joy, and to learn how to receive Eternal joy. The Savior, Jesus Christ, is the source of our joy. We are here on this life to live and learn. When Jesus Christ presented this Great Plan, there had to be an Atonement made for the sins of mankind, otherwise the demands of justice must be met, and we would all face the full consequences of our sins. But Jesus Christ offered Himself as a Sacrifice. He would bear ALL the sins of the world. Not only that, however, every single person's griefs, pains, weaknesses, sorrows, and losses. He suffered it all so that we could have the strength and ability to overcome them. With this, He is also able to comfort us in every situation because He has suffered through every trial that we are experiencing. He knows our needs. Through His Atonement, when we make a mistake, we can ask forgiveness. We, first, recognize that we have made a mistake. We then ask forgiveness from our Heavenly Father and others, if necessary. We fix what we have damaged, and then we forsake our sins, striving our hardest to not fall again for that mistake. With that, as we keep the commandments, we will have a greater capacity to withstand temptation. Obedience brings blessings. However, without the Savior's Atoning Sacrifice, none of this would be possible. Show more Show less