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Hi I'm Mark

I am a Software Engineer, an avid sports fan, and father of five. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The most important thing about me is my family. I have a wonderful wife. I don't know what I would do without her. Together, we have had five wonderful children (so far). It is funny how family can be the most rewarding part of life while simultaneously frustrating. I work as Software Engineer. I am a bit of technology geek. Playing or watching sports is a release for me from the pressures of life. My favorite sports in no particular order are football, basketball, and volleyball. I also have become very interested in genealogy. I love how technology is racing to meet the curiosity of millions of people who are interested in their roots.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young, I was faced with decision of drawing closer to God, or running with the wrong crowd. I picked up a Book of Mormon and began to read. When I read, I was filled with a power that I never had really felt before. Everything became so clear. I would read for hours and I did not want to stop reading. I later understood that Holy Ghost was teaching me that what I was reading was true. One thing that I love is that you never have to take anyone's word for it. Instead we are invited to ask God and gain our own personal witness of the truth. Starting with the Book of Mormon years ago, I have had my own personal witness from God that many of the principles taught within the Church are true. Because God has answered my prayers, I know that He is real and that Jesus Christ is my Savior. Through answers to prayers, I also know that Book of Mormon is true, and that through Joseph Smith, God restored many principles and His authority to the Earth. I also know that God has a living Prophet today and that I can see real, tangible blessings in my life when I follow what God teaches us through a living Prophet. And the best thing is that no one has to take my word for it. You can find all of this out for yourself by asking God in prayer.

How I live my faith

I have been blessed to be able to help out a lot at Church. Some of these experiences include leading the missionary outreach program, organizing community service activities, providing Church services at a rehabilitation center, and speaking to inmates at the state lockup. Each one of these situations, and countless others that I didn't mention, has made me a better person. I have been able to help a lot of different people that I would not have met were it not for my involvement in these kinds of activities. Each time that I go out and rake some one's lawn, teach a youth group, or attempt to fix someone's irrigation system, I learn valuable lessons which helps me be a better employee and most importantly, father.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Mark
The Holy Ghost is part of the Godhead along with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He is a spirit. Jesus Christ called the Holy Ghost a Comforter, a Guide, and a Testifier or Witness of Christ. I have felt the Holy Ghost comfort me in times of heart ache or great stress. I have felt the Holy Ghost guide me when I have needed to make difficult decisions. Most importantly, the Holy Ghost has taught me that Jesus Christ is real, that the Book of Mormon is the God's word just as much as the Bible is, and that God has reestablished His Kingdom once again. This is something that I can never deny. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Mark
There are no restrictions based on color or race on who can join the Church and enjoy full fellowship. A favorite passage of mine from the Book of Mormon reads: "..and he (God) inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God..." (2 Nephi 26:33) Show more Show less