Mark Hamstead was born in Sydney, Australia, where he still resides. He is married with four grown children and three grandchildren. Mark joined the Church at age 14, and his Church service includes a mission to England as a young man and he is currently serving a senior mission to Laos with his wife Denise. In between he enjoyed serving in a full range of Church callings including bishop and stake presidency counselor. Mark has bachelors and masters degrees in civil engineering and worked for government water management agencies for 20 years before becoming an independent consultant in water resource management. He is co-author of a university textbook on water resource planning. He is semi-retired but continues to work as a consultant on a casual, part-time basis. Since he was a young man Mark has loved studying the scriptures and learning from the Spirit through doing so. He particularly enjoys spending time reading and discussing scriptures and the gospel with his wife.