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Hi I'm Mark Lovell

I am a husband, father, grandfather, geologist, a professor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Our family lived in eastern Idaho where my father was one of many who raised potatoes, grains, hay, cattle, and kids. After completing high school I enrolled at a local junior college to play football. A knee injury ended the season for me. Without football I had time to take a course called "Missionary Approach", anticipating that I might serve a mission. This was one of the first times that I remember making a big commitment on my own, exploring the doctrines of the church because I wanted to know if I really had a personal testimony of Christ and his atonement or if my actions were motivated simply out of love and respect for my parents. At age 19, my mission call came from Spencer W. Kimball, the prophet and president of our church and he called me to serve in the Argentina South mission. Living and serving as a Mormon missionary in Argentina provided many powerful lessons as well as time to ponder and contemplate what I was doing with my life. It became a focal point in my life, providing a direction and a purpose by which to evaluate all of my future plans. After the mission and returning to college, two major events happened. I met my future wife and we were married. Together, we decided that I would study to become a geologist. I’ve since worked as an oil and gas geologist, hydrologist, and college professor. Our family has been blessed with six children and we are now enjoying our beautiful grandchildren who remind us of what life is all about.

Why I am a Mormon

My efforts to be a faithful member of this church are rooted in my personal testimony of Jesus Christ. I love the teachings of the New Testament where I can read about the Savior’s interactions with mankind. Additional scriptures from the Book of Mormon and talks from modern day apostles and prophets have provided insights that have motivated me to pray; seeking my own personal witness that Christ lives, that he is my Savior and Redeemer. That by coming unto Christ, I have also come to know my Heavenly Father and it is to him that I direct my prayers, in the name of Jesus Christ. I find great peace and strength in this description of Christ from the Book of Mormon (Alma 7:12) “And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.” As I’ve watched individual members of my family grow and wrestle with the challenges of life, it has only been through the gospel of Jesus Christ and my understanding of the plan of salvation that I’m able to find real peace in today’s tumultuous world. Through the restoration of Christ’s church in these latter days the priesthood; the power to act in God’s name was also restored through living prophets to the earth. It is by this holy priesthood that I believe we are able to make covenants with our God including the covenant of being married or sealed together for time and all eternity. This kind of marriage only occurs in temples which we consider to be sacred houses of worship. It is always a sweet blessing in my life to return to the temple and ponder on the covenants that Heavenly Father has made with us, his children.

How I live my faith

As a member of our church, I’ve tried to follow the examples given me by my parents who were always involved in serving others and to keep up with my wife. It didn’t matter if the people were active in our church or not, if there were people in need, they would seek out a way to help them. For several years my wife and I served together in teaching classes for children on Sundays. A couple of those years were with children under the age of three! It was so fun to help them learn and play and to get along with the other kids. On a different occasion we had the opportunities to serve as presidents of the youth groups, those ages 12 to 18 which involved Sunday lessons but also activities during the week. My wife and her counselors oversaw the girls and me and my counselors worked with the boys. Each month, we assisted the youth in holding a joint activity which was always fun. In more recent years we have continued to have opportunities to serve where we have helped to guide organizations and in some cases entire congregations; this in addition to assignments to meet with individual families to help sustain them on a personal basis in their daily challenges.