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Hi I'm Mark

I'm semi retired, I have a wonderful wife, 5 children, 3 son-in-laws, & 8+ grandkids. My Heavenly Father loves me & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born on an oversea United States Air Base, in Libya, my parents were Mormons. Dad was in the military. I have 3 older sisters. When I was 5 my parents divorced and mom moved us back to her home town in Utah (USA), where I stayed until I finished high school. We didn't have a lot of money, and I learned to fix things from my mom ... she use to say "Mark, something is broke and needs to be fixed, we have two choices, either hire someone to fix it or learn to fix it ourselves." You can guess what we ended up doing. I joined the United States Army when I was 17, I had been taught all my life that "Freedom isn't Free, Someone has to Pay the Price". When I turned 19, I got a ministerial leave from the military, and I then served a 2 year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in the Paraguay-Asuncion Mission. I use to say that serving a mission was the best two years of my life, but since then I have married and been blessed to be the father of 5 wonderful children. Now I know that the best years of my life were with my wife and family. After getting married I became a police officer, and then spent the 20+ years serving various communities, I retired from law enforcement in 2007, but I'm still working until my wife retires from teaching (so I've got a few years to go yet). The best years of my life also include 3 son-in-laws, and 8 grandkids (with more on the way). Mom taught me a lot, my wonderful wife and family has taught me even more.

Why I am a Mormon

Mom was raised as a Mormon, Dad was a convert. My great-great-grand father crossed the plains with the Mormon handcart pioneers. I was baptized when I was 8, but I know that my testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel dates back even earlier than that. Mom taught me to work hard, and to respect and protect the rights of others. As a member of the Church I've always been surrounded by people who have encouraged me and helped me to be a better person. The Church has always emphasized putting the needs of others first through acts of service, and the importance of our family unit. Now as I grow older I'm reminded daily of the strengths and blessings (both temporal and spiritual) of the family unit. The world increasingly downplays the need for family, too often it focuses on the "I first or the Me! Me! Me!" principle. The restored Gospel teaches us that not only do we have a family here on earth, but that we are also part of a heavenly family, with a Heavenly Father who loves us, listens to us, helps and blesses us, answers our prayers, and comforts us. That he teaches us through the scriptures, both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and that He has sent modern Prophets to lead and guide us. The Gospel teaches us that as we draw nearer to our Heavenly Father and obey His commandments, that we can avoid or overcome the obstacles that the adversary puts in our way, and that our lives and the lives of those around us will be blessed. It also teaches us that through repentance and the Atonement of Savior, Jesus Christ, that we can overcome our mistakes, change our lives, and return to live with our heavenly family once again. I often think of the counsel given to us by the late Prophet David O. McKay, that “No Other Success Can Compensate for Failure in the Home”. I have a testimony based on a lifetime of experience, observation, and most importantly through Heavenly Fathers answers to my prayers, of the truthfulness of the restored Gospel ... that's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As a young man I was taught the importance of caring for the temporal needs of the members of the Church and our neighbors around us. I learned early in life that we are happiest when we are serving others. Then as I grew older I learned the importance of providing for the spiritual needs of our families, neighbors, and everyone around us. Every assignment that I've been given in the Church has increased my understanding of the importance of serving others. We can provide service in very simple ways, such as a kind word, or by saying "Thank You", or by simply taking time the time to listen. When we show respect for others, recognition for their efforts, and/or put their needs ahead of our own, we are doing/living as our Savior, Jesus Christ, would want us to live, and ultimately as we serve others, we are also blessed. This a wonderful world we live in, true it has it problems, but having a positive attitude goes a long way. Our Heavenly Father has given us everything wee need, and we will be eternally indebted to Him. Often we spend to much time worrying about things we haven't got and forget the wonderful blessings we already have. I remember one cold snowy winter night many years ago, I was working the night shift at the police department. While on patrol I drove through a parking lot, I then noticed a woman walking towards her vehicle, which was covered with a thick layer of snow and ice, and she began trying to clear the windows with her hands. I quickly stopped and got out and asked her to wait in her vehicle and warm up while I cleared her windows. When I finished she rolled down her window and asked how she could repay me. My reply was that I knew that someday in the future, that someone would do the same for my wife, or daughters ... because I know that our Heavenly Father watches over us and He remembers even the smallest acts of service that we do for others, and when we are in need, I know He will sends someone to help and serve us.