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Hi I'm Kirk Westover

I grew up in California and was privileged to live in New Zealand for three and a half years. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for over 43 years. I am the father of seven children. I am a retired clinical laboratory scientist. I love gardening and carpentry but my family has always been my primary occupation.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my entire life. I was slow to realize the extent of my heritage and gaining a personal witness of our Savior was not automatic. Schools and culture were wonderful in our city but as a "Mormon" I was in a minority position. I had great fellowship beginning in a small ward that met in borrowed facilities. My father was always an example of faithful service and I was privileged to serve with him from time to time. He worked hard with others to build the church's first chapel in Concord. One of my cherished childhood memories is that Dad had me sweep up the sawdust beneath the stand where a large hole had been cut out for the organ. I was four years old. I never doubted the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught and exemplified by my parents and greater family. I always felt a close fellowship and trust for priesthood leaders and I was privileged to be ordained to the priesthood at an early age, nevertheless I sought most earnestly for a personal revelation when I was 16 and 17 years of age. Like millions of others, Mormons and non-Mormons alike I read the Book of Mormon. I tried to understand and live by its teachings before getting on my knees and asking God if it was true. The feelings of my youth and the witness of the Holy Ghost to my soul regarding the Book of Mormon were but tiny beginnings to the blessings I received as I continued on to what has become a life-long study of the scriptures. I am a Mormon because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the re-established original church of Jesus Christ. When I read of the apostles of old and of Jesus teaching in the old world, I imagine myself standing with the believers, not with those who rejected him. It is no different now. God lives. This is His church, bearing His authority. It is the privilege of any of God's children who desire to stand with Him to learn for themselves the truths that I have found.

How I live my faith

It has been my privilege to serve in the church in a number of ways. I have enjoyed teaching and working with young men and women in scouts and camps. I have taught in the seminary, in priesthood and in Sunday school classes.Since I was a young man I have been assigned to go into the homes of church members as a teacher and to support families in their day to day efforts to live within the covenants they have made with God to lead faith-filled Christian lives.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Kirk Westover
The atonement of Jesus Christ is the central moment in history wherein the Son of God, the only perfectly sinless man who ever lived, gave his life and took upon himself the sins of the world, on condition of repentance and made possible the resurrection of all mankind. In effect we may escape the punishments and even the guilt we feel for our sins by obeying the laws and ordinances of the gospel. These actions become the terms of our escape from the punishments that justice demands. The Savior set the terms. "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." What is it that we are to believe? It is the words, the ordinances and the commandments of God as contained in the holy scriptures, as articulated by prophets and apostles both living and dead and as revealed to our souls through God's Holy Spirit. The hope of a glorious resurrection, the promise of divine knowledge, and the peace of a perfectly clean conscience are possible for every one of God's children because of Jesus Christ and in no other way. Show more Show less