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Hi I'm Mark

I was born in North Dakota, raised in Southern Cal, and spent most of my adult life here in Washington State, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have successfully (we think) blended six children from two prior marriages and have the most fun in our lives when we are all together, making a lot of noise. I am also the grandfather of three wonderful little grandchildren with a fourth on the way. Our house will be an "empty nest" when our youngest child goes on his mission to Guatemala in October, 2011. Our second youngest is currently on a mission to Bangkok, Thailand. I love to make desserts, some of which are cheesecake, coco peanut logs, and chocolate chip cookies among other things. You always have to have a supply of cookies around, don't you? :-) I LOVE ice cream and partake regularly (even though I shouldn't), topped with my own special chocolate sause dubbed "Liquid Sunshine". I love to play golf, but I don't do it as much as I want. Even though my picture shows me hiking, I am not a real hiker. This was a special 50-mile hike I went on with some great young men--and a few great dads, too! I joined the Church as a young adult (19). I currently am trying to keep in shape by working out to P90X. Who would of thought yoga was cool? I am a graduate of Brigham Young University. I now do retirement planning for folks here in the Bellingham, WA area, which is probably the best place in the world to live.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Latter-Day saint because I love the Lord and love to be taught by the scriptures and living prophets and apostles. When I was introduced to the Church, I felt like I was a fish and had just found water! When I started going and then was baptized, I never looked back. It was the most natural thing ever. I am first and foremost a Christian and I can't imagine a better way to be an example of the Savior than following his teachings, and following means not only reading and feeling, but doing what He wants us to do. I don't know of any group of people better exemplify those teachings than the Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

RIght now I have been called to serve as a bishop, which is a huge responsiblility. I love the people in our ward and get great satisfaction as I see them grow and progress. I get strength from those who have lived long lives of faithful service, and we have many of those as great examples. Just going to church gives me such a boost because I hear great testimonies and get to "hang out" with such good people. The most defining years of my life came on my two-year mission in the Washington DC area. It solidified my testimony and gave me direction in who I would marry (and where) as well as how to study better and work hard. I loved seeing people progress and accepting the Gospel of Jesus Christ.