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Hi I'm Andrew Mark

I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa

About Me

I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints currently. I will be serving for two years and began service 16 September 2009. I am serving in Calgary, Canada and have met some of the most incredible people in my life here. I absolutely love it!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, but I had every opportunity given to me to leave in high school. I didn't follow the standards given to the youth, and all through high school I struggled with that. Finally, I went to Brigham Young University in Idaho where I was forced to decide for myself the person I wanted to become. I was living the standards because I WANTED to, and because it made me feel peace inside. I didn't do it for my parents, my friends or roommates, I did it for myself and for God because it made me happy. I feel the spirit of the Lord daily when I pray and study the Book of Mormon, and the Bible. Companion volumns of scripture that each testify accordingly of my personal Savior Jesus Christ. The CENTER of my faith and reason for being Mormon is Him. Because of Him, I am forgiven of my sins. Because of Him I can become better every day. Because of Him, I am finding joy in this journey we call life and smiling every day because of it!

How I live my faith

One day at a time. It is not easy to be LDS, but it is absolutely worth it. I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa where the church is quite small. With little support I questioned my faith frequently but ended up clinging to it when things got really tough. I live each day knowing that I can become better as I focus on basic gospel principles. I have hope in the person God can help me become, and strive daily to improve so that I come one step closer to my potential.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Andrew Mark
The temple is for anyone who prepares to attend. There is literally nobody on this earth that is shunned from temple worship. Rather, there is a standard for temple attendance. One is that you must be a member of the church, baptised and confirmed by one holding priesthood authority. Then, when you reach a mature age and uphold gospel standards you are invited and encouraged to attend the temple. Temple worship is not secret, rather sacred! We require one to be worthy to enter the temple because that provides a highly spiritual environment that is clensing and uplifting to all those who attend. We invite all to attend the temple and to prepare to do so by attending our public church services every sunday. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Andrew Mark
Nope. It was a practice that ended near the end of the 1800's. Thats really all there is to it. We are not affiliated with those that practice polygamy. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Andrew Mark
Absolutely not! We have profound respect for the man Joseph Smith, and place much emphisis on him and his life because it is key to gain a testimony that he was a prophet to accept the restored gospel. If Joseph Smith was a prophet, then it is indeed a fact that Christ has restored His church to us today through a prophet. In the Bible it states "by their fruits ye shall know them." The Book of Mormon is the fruit of Joseph Smith, as he translated it by the power of God. This claim is bold in its nature, and it is either true or it is not. A simple appeal to God the Father through diligent and sincere prayer will unveil the truth of this to any honest seeker of it. Show more Show less

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

Andrew Mark
Absolutely. Prophets were around in the Old Testament to lead people, to guide them, and to protect them from the evils of the world. Great prophets like Moses, Abraham, and so on all provided the people of the time with valuable knowledge that was tailored for them to combat the temptations of a wicked world. How much more wicked is our world today? Because of how much more confusion exists in the world today, a loving Father in Heaven knows that more than any time in the history of the world: we need a prophet today. "By your fruits ye shall know them." As you listen/read the words of our prophet today (Thomas S. Monson) you will know and feel that he is a prophet of God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Andrew Mark
There are many reasons we do missionary work, but two main reasons stand out to me. 1) Because the Lord has asked us to. In the New Testament in Matthew Christ tells us: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." That is an invintation to do missionary work! Christ doesn't personally appear to every person he wishes to touch, rather he sends other people to do that with His spirit. 2) Because we have personal conviction. When we feel the spirit of the Lord, we gain an increased desire to share that spirit with others, because it makes us feel happy. Just like you would wish to share the latest great movie or new hit song with your best friend, so to we wish to share our faith with others. We know how much it has blessed our lives, and for us to keep that just to ourselves would be quite sad and even an insult to the One who enlightened us. Sharing the Gospel is center to anyone who truly believes in Christ as their Savior, and should not be a new or unheard of thing. Show more Show less