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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Mormon. I live in The Ohio!

About Me

I live in a small town in central Ohio just east of the state capitol. I have lived here all my life except for two years that my wife and I lived in another city after we were married. It was there that we came in contact with LDS missionaries. I have four grown children and work in Lancaster, Ohio. I am a controls engineer with a BS from The Ohio State Unitversity. I am also a volunteer Firefighter/Paramedic. I love the outdoors, science fiction movies, any good book, and most types of music. I have so much to be thankful for that I can't list them all.

Why I am a Mormon

Missionaries knocked on our apartment door on a cold winter night in 1986. My wife and I had a 3 month old and had been married for 2 1/2 year. We had briefly talked about what to do for our growing family when it comes to religion but hadn't made any plans or decisions. Learning about the restored gospel changed our lives! We were baptized two months after that initial contact and have never regretted embracing the gospel. Now, almost 25 years later I can see how living the gospel and abiding by the teachings of the savior has helped make wise choices in every part of our lives from where to work, how to teach our children, how to love one another, and delaing with people we care about.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as one of our early morning seminary teachers. This program gives high school students the opportunity to study the scriptures daily. We meet every school day at 6am for about 45 minutes. This was my first year as seminary teacher and it was a great blessing in my life.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes I do! Our Prophet today gives us direction from our Heavenly Father. our Prophet was prepared by God to lead us through the difficult times that we find ourselves in. He is a voice that I can trust and rely on in this confusing world. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was written by a Prophet/Historian named Mormon under the guidance and direction of God. Mormon had access to records of people who God had led from the middle east before the birth of Christ to settle in the North and South Americian continents. These people had prophets and were taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. Before Mormon died he gave his writtings to his son Moroni, who added a few words of his own then hid the record to preserve it to be brought forth in our day. This same Moroni appeared as an angle to Joseph Smith Jr. and directed him to retrieve the record and translate it by the power of God. The Book of Mormon we have today is this translated record. It is the word of God and contains the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was written by Mormon for us today - as he saw our day in visions and wrote it to help us prepare for the second coming of Christ. I know that this book is true. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

By the grace of God means with his help or assistance. We can do nothing good in life without this grace. More importantly we cannot return to live with our Heavenly Father without this grace, which comes through the atonement of Jesus Christ. We have things we need to do in life but it is by the grace of God that we are able to do them and return to his presence for eternity. Show more Show less

What is faith?

There are a lot of things about this life that I can not figure out. Having faith is trusting that my Father in Heaven has a plan and that he is a just and fair God. When things don't seem just and fair in life my faith tells me that I just don't understand things well enough - I don't have God's understanding of his plan for us. The center of this faith is in the son of God, Jesus Christ, who sacrificed himself and took upon himself all our sins so that God's plan could be accomplished. Show more Show less

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

All people are cut off from the presence of our Heavenly Father due to the fall of Adam. In addition to this, those of us who are accountable for our choices, make choices during our lives that are not in harmony with God's wishes - this is sin. If it were possible we would pay the price for the fall of Adam and for our own sins but this is not possible. The only one who had the ability to make the sacrifice to pay the debt for the fall of Adam and for everyone's sins was Jesus Christ. He was able to do this because he was the son of God and lived a perfect life - he never sinned. We are completly reliant on Christ to make it possible for us to return to our Heavenly Father. He asks us to do many things in life to show our appreciation and love for what he has done for us but it is ultimately through and because of his sacrifice that we can return to our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

I love the Bible! The Bible is the word of God and has been good for showing people how to follow God. Joseph Smith was ready from the Bible looking for answers to his questions about what church to join. It was this prayer that led to the restoration of the gospel and the translation of the Book of Mormon. When I read the Bible I feel the Holy Spirit testify to me that its teachings are true and I feel closer to God. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

When I study principles of the gospel, and pray for understanding about them, I receive confirmation from the Holy Ghost when I learn and understand truth. This confirmation is what I call my testimony - it is knowing what I have learned is true. My testimony continues to grow as I learn about, understand, and live the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less