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Hi I'm Mark

I sang with the Philadelphia Boys Choir. Now I manage a computer network and try to manage my kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 6 beautiful children that bring me joy and pain every day. My wife and I are happily married for the past 15 years. We of course, have our ups and downs. I work as a Information Technology Manager for a law firm.  It's a challenging and fulfilling job that helps me provide for my family. I graduated as a Computer Science Major and then later completed my MBA. I continue to further my education by obtaining several Microsoft Certifications, as well as training in Cisco, VMware and other technology products.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church since I was born, with a long tradition of the church on my Mother's side. On my father's side, his parents converted to the church and later moved to Utah. My family moved from Utah to the East Coast when I was 8. As any normal teenager does, I often questioned my belief as a Mormon, but was happy with the friends I made in church and the way living the commandments made me feel. I said my prayers, read scriptures, attended church and did everything a good Mormon would do. I even followed the commandments to the best of my ability, trusting that my parents knew what was right. I always felt the church was true, and believed it's teachings, but never did I challenge this belief until I was 19. When I received my mission call, I went to the Missionary Training Center in Utah. It was then that I was challenged to really pray to find out if the church was true. I never thought I needed to do this, because I always felt it was true. However, if I was going to spend 2 years of my life telling other people that the Gospel is true and found in the Mormon church, I'd better know for sure. So I prayed, and asked God several times to tell me the truth. I didn't immediately receive an answer, although I waited for a response. The next day, I was sitting in a class, when the noise of the class became silent and a still small voice whispered, "Mark, you know it's true!" I could not deny then nor now that I received an answer to my prayer concerning the truthfulness of the church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. During my mission, I had several challenges and experiences that solidified my belief in the Savior, Jesus Christ. I learned to be more like Him, and strive to do that everyday of my life. Although, I fail at this, I know the Lord understands the desire of my heart, and my continued desire to serve Him. I am a Mormon because I love the Lord Jesus Christ, my Savior and Redeemer.

How I live my faith

I've just started my second year of teaching early morning seminary. Last year I taught 12 students from the New Testament. This year, I'm teaching 17 students from the Book of Mormon. We meet at my house at 5:45AM every weekday morning while school is in session. It is amazing to see the dedication of High School students that get up in the dark, cold and sometimes rainy morning to learn more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I spend countless hours preparing lessons and studying the Gospel in order to have lessons that will help these youth through the rest of their life. Previously, I worked for over 7 years with the young men of the church, ages, 12-18 as Young Men's President. I really enjoyed the opportunity to make a difference in these boys, by helping them to realize their potential as a Son of God. I enjoyed spending time on camp-outs and especially High Adventure camps. I have had many opportunities to teach the Gospel to others. I enjoy teaching, especially because I learn so much more about Jesus Christ and His Gospel. I even have taught a couple of classes for adults on how to protect themselves and their children from misuse of technology. I have also served as Executive Secretary to 3 different Bishops, which means I helped with preparing meeting agenda and assisted in maintaining the schedule for the Bishop. I've worked with finances as a clerk on the stake level and a stake computer specialist, which means I helped with computers for about 12 different church buildings, including family history centers. As a family, we meet every week as a family for Gospel centered lessons and family fun. We enjoy scripture study together everyday before school. Our family prays often together.  We are imperfect, but we try to live the Gospel as best we can.