Thursday, July 26, 2018
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Newport Beach Stake Center
2150 Bonita Canyon Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
See the Thursday Page for the entire Thursday Schedule.
Assistant Director, Utah Valley Central Area
for LDS Seminaries & Institutes of Religion
Title: To be forthcoming
Mark Beecher has been with Seminaries and Institutes (S&I) for 30 years. He is currently the Assistant Area Director for the Utah Valley Central Area. He started his career in Cedar City, and from there when to Olympus High School in Salt Lake City. He and his family moved to Auburn Washington for 7 years where coordinated seminary and institute programs there. He then spent 5 years as a manager in Training Services for S&I in the Church Office building. Most recently he has been the principal of Westlake Seminary in Saratoga Springs, UT. He and his wife Kim have 5 children and 5 grandchildren. The grandchildren are way easier than the children since you get to be the “good cop” all the time. Brother Beecher enjoys time with family, vacations on the beach and listening to 80s music in his 05 Toyota Corolla. He just finished an Olympic Triathlon this past summer. He is currently a counselor in the Stake Presidency.
Mark says his own life story is evidence of the impact seminary can have on youth.
His mother died when he was 9 years old, and from then on his father, who was an alcoholic and less-active member of the Church, raised him. “The thing that really gave me support and help in my life was seminary. I fell in love with the scriptures and read them regularly and stayed close to the Church,” Beecher said. “Seminary just grabbed ahold of me and just really instilled a testimony in me.” Following Beecher’s seminary experience as a teenager, he served a mission, married in the temple, and has now been teaching seminary and institute for more than 30 years. LDS Seminaries and Institutes of Religion have in many ways blessed the lives of youth in the Church for more than a century.