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Hi I'm Mark

About Me

I grew up in the church. My mother did too. My father joined after there were five children. I am the sixth. When younger, I attended primary and learned about Heavenly Father and His plan for my happiness. I learned that Jesus is my Savior and Redeemer. This knowledge has brought me much peace and certainty to my life. I work in manufacturing. I love the outdoors and gardening. I read a lot, especially about history. Ever since I can remember I wanted to be a father. Now that I am a father, and a "young" grandfather, I can say that fatherhood it is the hardest and greatest experience ever.

Why I am a Mormon

I have remained Mormon since childhood because of prayer and personal inspiration from Heaven. I was taught in my youth to take my problems and questions directly to God. I came to know that I could find out truths, for my self, on my knees. "Finding out" and learning truth for myself is beautiful and personal. This method of learning from heaven has taken practice. Most of the time I have had to work hard at it. I have had to learn, through study, as much as I could about a particular subject. After study, I take my findings to the Lord and ask for confirmation about my reasoning and decisions. My correct thinking He confirms through personal inspiration via the Holy Ghost. My errors He declines with no confirmation. Personal inspiration, and how He gives it through the Holy Ghost, are difficult to explain. For me inspiration comes in the form of reassuring feelings of peace and love that wash over me when I am "on track" with truth and right. Also, inspirtation leads me to productive and encourages creative thinking, as well as thoughts on how to stay out of harms way. Personal revelation is as real as the shoes on my feet. It has been a great blessing to my life.

How I live my faith

Faith to me is maintaining a relationship with my Heavenly Father and trusting in His plan. To do this I have to constantly be learning of His plan and participate in it. I pray regularly to Him and then strive to listen to the whisperings of the Spirit as He answers my questions and as he inspires me on how lead a happy and productive life. I like to think of faith as striving to create a partnership with both my Heavenly Father and with Jesus Christ. As these partnership grow, I discover more and more peace and lasting happiness in my life.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Mark
Mormons believe that after we die our spirits and our bodies are separated for a time--the body being returned to the earth and our spirits to a waiting place in heaven. This waiting place for our spirits is either Paradise or Spirit Priso--depending upon our choices in life. Eventually, when Christ comes again, this separation of body and spirit will end and all of us will be resurrected--which means that the body and the spirit will be reunited, never to be separated again. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Mark
We believe that the Gospel of Christ was taught to Adam and that the Savior himself restored it anew. Following Christ's death another apostasy occurred. The authority of Christ was lost and His teaching were diluted. Hence, the need for a restoration of both authority and pure doctrine. This we refer to as the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ through latter-day prophets--specifically Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Mark
Baptism is symbolic of Christ's death and resurrection. Christ himself commands us to be baptized as he was. Just as Christ sought out John the Baptist, who held Levitical Priesthood or the authority of God to baptize, we should seek out one who holds the Priesthood of God to perform our baptism. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Mark
Chastity is the use of one's body, in the covenant of marriage, to partner with one's spouse, and with God, to bring children into the world and to create lasting bonds of unity between husband and wife. Hence, one's immodest display to gratify another or to bring attention to self is contrary to chastity. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Mark
Family is the laboratory of life. The greatest lessons and learning, as well as challenges and opportunities, come through family living. Through obedienceto God's commandments and by participating in sacred ordinances, where we make covenants or promises with God, families can progress and dwell together eternally. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Mark
We can come to know our Heavenly Father by learning all we can about Him. We learn about Him by reading the scriptures and by talking to Him in prayer. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Mark
All young men are asked to make missions a top priority in their lives--to prepare morally and financially to serve missions where they will teach of Christ, of baptism and of the restored gospel. Young woman are invited to participate too--as they feel inspired and motivated to do so. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Mark
God asks that we make this donation, or tithe of our income, as a sign of our love and allegiance to Him--that we put our trust in Him before we put our trust in man's ways or earthly wealth. In return He promises that the "windows of heaven" will be opened to us. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Mark
We proselyte because we are commanded by God to share our knowledge of Him--that we should not hide it. Show more Show less