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Hi I'm Kirk

I'm a musician. I'm a pre-medical student. I'm a son, an uncle, a brother and a Mormon.

About Me

I returned from a proselyting mission for the church over a year ago. I love my life and am excited to see my future unfold! I am in my second year of college, training in psychology and working towards going to medical school. I also am heavily involved in the performing arts--I love to sing and act. 

Why I am a Mormon

I gained a testimony of Jesus Christ on my mission. Prior to that, I knew what was expected of me. I knew that I was supposed to be good and righteous. However, all I ever saw was how many mistakes I made. While serving a mission, I gained a testimony of Jesus Christ. I know that because of him, my sins can be made clean. My mistakes are fewer because I rely on his aid in my life. When I do make mistakes, I know that as I repent and try to do better the Lord will cover me. When I gained a testimony of Christ, I gained a testimony of the Mormon church. I served my mission in an area where there were many different churches, and I had opportunity to learn about them. I have seen much truth in those churches, but I have never seen such a complete picture of God's plan for me any where but in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know that the church is true.

How I live my faith

While on my mission, I served in the Tulsa Oklahoma area in the USA. The church offers great opportunities for service to the young people through the missionary program. While I served, I spent my time doing what I feel Jesus Christ would be doing if he were here on the earth: serving others, sharing about his Father's plan, and bearing his testimony, even to strangers! After I returned home from my mission, I decided to attend a Young Single Adult Ward--a congregation entirely made up of single people between 18 and 30. There is a lot of responsibilities and activities to enjoy; right now, I am the ward organist, the secretary for the men's organization, and a ward missionary. As the secretary, I am in charge of keeping track of attendance and helping the leaders of the organization with whatever they may need, whether it be visiting members in the area, helping organize, or performing service. As a ward missionary, I get to reach out to other young single adults in the community and invite them to attend church or any of the many activities we have going on at the church. It's a great experience, and by the way, you're invited!

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Pornography is destructive. We can remove it from our personal lives by turning off, throwing away, or removing any source of pornography from our lives. This can be hard, and it can be very hard to do alone. If necessary, seek help from professionals. The church has great programs to aid in recovery from pornography addiction. You can contact local leaders through the Mormon.org website. We can remove it from our homes by being proactive. Keep an open line of communication with your family about the sacredness of human sexuality, and help them to understand it so that they will not turn to other dangerous sources for answers. Keep computers in an open area so that private web browsing is not possible. We can take it out of our communities by being active in our civic duties. Vote for those who would limit or ban it's use. If we all work together, we can slow this awful plague from spreading. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

The prophet today is President Thomas S. Monson. He has served many years in the church and is now called of God to lead it. I know he is a true prophet. As he speaks to the world, it feels as though he is speaking directly to me. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

What else are we going to do with eternity? Eternity is a long time, and I think that Heavenly Father has a much better plan for us than sitting on clouds with harps. I believe that we will continue to grow and become more like God. If we do what is right here on earth, we will be with our families and be able to enjoy their progression as well. When a Mormon talks about eternal life, we are talking about progressing, learning, and becoming more and more happy for the rest of eternity. I think the question is, "why NOT believe in eternal life?" Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

We believe it to be essential for salvation. It is an outward expression of an inward commitment to take upon us the name of Christ. When we take upon us the name of Christ, it means that for the rest of our lives we will try to be like him. When we make this promise to God, he blesses us in return and allows us to obtain the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Welfare is there to offer a hand up, not a hand out. We believe that men are responsible for their own well being. Sometimes when life comes at us fast and we don't have enough to make ends meet, the church steps in to help us get back on our feet. Whether it be a family struggling with bills in the USA or a family struggling to survive a natural disaster in a third world country, it is the same. The church is trying to help that person get to a point where they can create their own happiness. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

All tithing paid to the church is handled responsibly to help the most people possible. Some of the funds supplied by members go to building maintenance and construction, humanitarian aid, printing copies of the Book of Mormon and Bible for free distribution, and missionary work. One program funded by contributions from members is called the Perpetual Education Fund. It is a miracle! It provides money to members of the church in poor countries for education and helps them to break the cycle of poverty. As they graduate from college or vocational school, they get better jobs and pay back the money they used paying for school. It's wonderful! 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?

No. Anyone can become a member of the church, and any male can receive the priesthood. The thing that most determines your ability to become a member of the church or hold the priesthood is worthiness. When someone is worthy, that means that they are living a clean lifestyle in accordance with the teachings of the Savior. As long as you are worthy, the blessings of the church are for any and all! Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Be proactive. The Savior said, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." In order to know if Mormonism is true, a person must first desire to know with all their hearts. Then, as you ask questions and seek answers, God will provide them for you. Begin living the teachings of the church. As you live the teachings of the church, God will give you an even stronger answer. Heavenly Father will give you an affirmative answer through your feelings. You will feel the truth of it in your very being. I know if you do these things you will discover the truth of our message. It is a promise that God has made to us. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

We believe that men and women were created equally. Husband and wife are both valued the same in God's eyes, but that does not mean that husband and wife fill the same roles. God created men and women in such a way that they compliment each other. We don't believe in rigid role guidelines, but we do believe in traditional family values. Fathers are primarily responsible for providing for the family and leading in righteousness. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurturing of the family. These roles are given to us as guidelines, and are flexible according to circumstance. We should always strive to follow them as best as we can! Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

All I can say is, bring lots of questions. The missionaries will tell you about the beliefs of the church on their own, but the more questions you bring, the more they can help you. I know that one of the greatest feelings I had when I was a missionary was when someone had a question. You can't know if what we share is true unless you seek for the truth! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

We believe that he is our Savior and Redeemer, that he lived, died, and was resurrected for mankind, and that he is the only way to live with God in heaven. He is the son of God, and he is the center of everything that we do as Christians. I love him so much, and am grateful for the guidance that the Mormon church has given to me, because that guidance has brought me closer to Him than I ever could otherwise. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

There are many Christian denominations in the world. All of these use the Bible, but each denomination believes different things about the Bible. Would a caring, loving Heavenly Father encourage such a situation? I think not. So, Heavenly Father bestows his authority on earth to clarify and unite his church. This authority, called the priesthood, is organized in God's way so that doctrine stays pure. These men who hold the priesthood are God's authorized ministers. It is important to be baptized by this authority. God doesn't take religion lightly, and wants his children to be baptized into the church that holds his authority. That church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know this is true! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

We believe that baptism is gateway into heaven, and is necessary for us to receive in order for us to live there with our Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. That presents a problem many people on earth have never had the opportunity to be baptized on this earth. Some have not even heard of Jesus Christ before! It would be unfair for them to be kept out of heaven based upon a baptism that they were never offered! God, in his infinite mercy and wisdom, provided a way for these individuals to receive baptism and enter into his rest. Members of the LDS faith can perform baptisms for the dead, where those who have passed away are given the chance to accept baptism in the next life. A member is baptized on their behalf. It is a wonderful doctrine that I think illustrates the wonder of God's justice and mercy. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

The Relief Society is the largest women's organization in the world. It's main focus is to strengthen women in the church and to provide aid and relief to all through service and ministry.  Show more Show less