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Hi I'm J. Kirk

I grew up in Texas and joined the church when I was 16. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy cycling when I have time. I worked for an international company until I retired and oversaw accounting and controls for major construction projects. My wife and I have 7 children and 18 grandchildren we love.

Why I am a Mormon

I had good friends when I was in high school. They were mostly from Protestant denominations. I did not attend any church, but I had deep feelings about God and many questions about my purpose on earth. One morning before school, a group of friends was discussing religion, and several of my close friends mentioned that they had been baptized as an expression of their faith and commitment to Jesus Christ. That night at home, I told my parents at the dinner table that I thought I would like to be baptized. My dad put down his fork and stared at me. He asked what brought that on. I just said that I had strong feelings about God, that my friends at school had talked about baptism, and that I wanted to be closer to God. Dad suggested that we go to "his" church the next Sunday. It turned out that his church was The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He took me and my younger brother to Sunday School. I enjoyed it. After that visit to church, Dad arranged for two young missionaries to come to our home and teach my brother and me. I read The Book of Mormon and prayed about its truthfulness at their invitation. All I can say is that I knew for myself through the whispering of the Holy Spirit that it was true. I was baptized. What I learned from The Book of Mormon and from the missionaries, is that God has a plan and loves me. Those questions I had about my purpose on earth were answered.

How I live my faith

I have served as a bishop -- a lay leader of a Mormon congregation -- and in many other ways. Recently I served as the group leader for older men in our congregation. Our group particularly serves single mothers, widows, and those who are alone by providing regular visits and assistance. We enjoy Sunday meetings together where we discuss the teachings of Jesus Christ and how to apply them in our lives. My wife and I are now serving a 2-year mission in Frankfurt, Germany, where we assist full-time in the effort to invite all to come unto Christ and be baptized. We love the Lord, and we love the people who are all His children and our brothers and sisters.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

J. Kirk
Adam and Eve and their children offered the best of their production to God. Abraham paid tithes and offerings. God has always expected His children to sacrifice. As Mormons, we willingly give 10% of our income to the Church to support the work of God. Tithes are used to build meeting houses and temples, to support missionary work, and to provide curriculum materials for church classes, among other things. We owe all that we have to God for our lives, our talents, and our opportunities. Returning a small portion to Him is the least we can do to help in His work to bring salvation - temporal and spiritual - to every soul. Show more Show less