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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Mormon and I like cheesecake.

About Me

I've lived in different parts of the U.S. throughout my life, which has been enriching and enjoyable. Currently, my wife and I live in New York City where I'm pursuing a career in advertising and we're exploring the city in our spare time. I like reading, listening to music, and good conversation.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was raised in a Latter-day Saint home, I'm LDS today because I've studied and prayed and seen the good that comes from being a Mormon. It serves as my anchor and brings me close to God. I know this is where He wants me to be.

How I live my faith

One of the things I like about being a Mormon is the variety of ways there are to serve in the Church. I can develop talents and acquire new skills while, at the same time, helping those around me. Recently, I've been volunteering at the Bishop's Storehouse, where members can come and get food to help them out in their time of need. In the past, I've been a teacher, the editor of a newsletter, president of an LDS club on campus, and a video-editor.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Mark
A Restoration was needed because the divine organization that Jesus set up two thousand years ago became corrupted and lost its divine approval. While Christian principles and teachings remained and many sincere people lived good lives, the divine organization and authority to administer in the Lord's name was no longer on the Earth. When the time was right, the Lord restored His authority and reorganized His church through the prophet Joseph Smith. As a result of having this authority and organization once again on the earth, we enjoy doctrinal clarity, additional revelation to guide us in the unique conditions of our own day, and the performance of ordinances in a way pleasing to the Lord. Additionally, we can perform ordinances on behalf of our ancestors who weren't able to receive them during their lives. Show more Show less