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Hi I'm Kirk

I am a passionate student of The Book of Mormon, high quality software, and developmental economics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, father and grandfather. A lifelong Latter-day Saint working in the software industry, I have business experience in many countries. My university training is in economics, but my passions for decades have been The Book of Mormon in its ancient setting, high quality software development, and helping low income people in the developing world lift themselves up out of poverty.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a sixth generation Latter-day Saint. My ancestors knew the Prophet Joseph Smith and walked across the plains with Brigham Young. At age 15, I was walking to a youth activity one evening and I had to know for myself if the faith of my fathers was really true or just an elaborate morality tale, so I asked God. The Holy Ghost witnessed to me powerfully that evening and I have never looked back. Decades later, I am striving to help a powerful testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His restored Church sink deeply into the hearts and souls of my children and grandchildren.

How I live my faith

I lead a neighborhood congregation of about 570 Latter-day Saints of all ages. My wife and I share our life experience, our home, our means and our time to help these close friends juggle their school, employment, marriage, family, civic and Church responsibilities with wholesome recreation and adequate leisure. We love our current Church assignment. It is demanding, but it helps keep us young. There is nothing we would rather be doing at this season in our lives than serving our brothers and sisters in the Church

Who was Joseph Smith?

Kirk
Joseph Smith was a semi-literate Vermont farm boy who grew up in upstate New York. In 1820, at the age of 14, he had the first of dozens of epiphanies, heavenly manifestations, angelic ministrations, etc. which form the revelatory core of Mormonism. Martyred at age 38, Joseph Smith has given us more pages of inspired scripture than any other prophet on record. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Kirk
Jesus Christ founded the Church when He was on the earth during His mortal ministry, but that original organization did not survive intact beyond the death of Jesus' original 12 Apostles. Jesus Christ, now a glorified, resurrected being, restored His Church through the Prophet Joseph Smith in our modern era. We look forward to the Savior's second coming and view the Church as a divinely-inspired organization helping prepare the world for that glorious event. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Kirk
Label pornography what it really is - addictive behavior that turns its victims into marionettes with Satan grinning as he pulls the strings. As a leader of a congregation of young married university students, I saw firsthand the damage pornography does to the vital husband/wife relationship. I counsel those in my congregation: 1) Look on others as children of God, and not as objects, no matter their current level of spiritual maturity. 2) As Pres. Boyd K. Packer has taught us, our mind is a stage. We can't always control who the actors are waiting in the wings, but when one of those actors jumps out on our stage, we as the stage manager can control whether we let that actor perform their routine, or whether we order them offstage. 3) The best defense is a good offense. Family Search Indexing, for example, is a terrific way to use moments of idle time on the internet, and the sense of satisfaction one gets from contributing to such a magnificent cause improves self-esteem which bolsters resolve to resist temptation. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Kirk
We love the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments. We believe the Bible is the word of God revealed to prophets and apostles in the Old World. Most Latter-day Saints carry a personal copy of the Bible with them to Church every Sunday and read from it often. It is customary in the LDS Church to give a young person their own personal copy of the Bible when they are baptized at age 8. We view ourselves as a modern-day restoration of the authentic Judeo-Christian tradition. Mormons believe in the Bible because it brings us closer to Jesus Christ. English speaking Latter-day Saints prefer the King James Version of the Bible whose 400th anniversary we celebrated in 2011. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Kirk
No. The Church pretty much stays out of politics except when eternal moral principles are at stake, and even then, the Church tends to support specific issues rather than any one party. I have faithful Latter-day Saint friends who espouse a wide variety of political beliefs and party affiliations. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Kirk
Absolutely. Joseph Smith was a spectacular prophet like Moses. Since then, the Church has enjoyed an unbroken line of modern-day prophets who continue to provide inspired leadership like Joshua, Samuel, etc. did in ancient times. Show more Show less