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Hi I'm Shane Kirk

I'm a husband, father of 3 daughters, I sell things for a living, I still try to play tennis and am a huge Brave's fan. I'm Mormon

About Me

My name is Shane. I come from a large family having 3 brothers and 2 sisters. I have always enjoyed playing and watching sports. I especially enjoy still trying to play tennis and watching the Atlanta Braves. I am in sales and enjoy being with and meeting new people. I have been married for almost 22 years and have 3 beautiful daughters that all, Thank Goodness, look like their mother. I especially love spending time with them watching them in their activities which include cheer leading, basketball, track, piano, swimming, lacrosse, and much more. My oldest is making me feel old as she is in her second year of college and my second oldest, that is now a senior in high school, helps out by reminding me that she will be also leaving home to attend college in a short 10 months. The older they get the faster time seems to go by.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into a family and raised Mormon, I decided when I was 18 years old to really find out if I truly believed what I had been taught throughout my life. See at the age of 19, young men in the church are encouraged to serve a 2 year full time mission. At that point in my life I was a very happy freshman in college, playing colllegiate tennis, dating a girl that I thought was the one and on my own for the first time in my life and thinking that I was very happy doing what I was doing and could continue this life style for the next 3 to 4 years. Never being pressured by my family, but always in the back of my mind, asked myself if I should be doing this mission thing and was it for me? Having a good friend that was a year older that me, that was also a member of this faith decide to serve a mission and hearing of all the neat experiences was somewhat intriging. So at that point I spent a lot of time thinking and pondering and for the first time sincerly praying to my Heavenly Father and asked him if this mission thing was for me. It was soon after that I recognized for the first time in my life that God truly answers prayers and that I needed to start preparing myself to be a missionary. Always being accused of having an accent because of having a difficult time pronouncing certain letters, like "R" and "L". I requested to serve somewhere foreign like England but be able to speak english and not have to learn a new language. When my missioin call came I was called to be a missionary in Los Angeles CA and to serve among the latin people speaking spanish. I have learned that the Lord challenges each ouf us. By the end of my mission, which many would consider a success as I had many great experiences teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing the conversion of over 100 people, I know that the mission that I served was for my benefit and not only helped me better understand who I am as a son of God but how Jesus Christ is my Savior.

How I live my faith

Just recently my family was reminded of how fragile and temporary this life really is. In the space of 2 years, my wife and I both lost our mothers within a year of each other, both at the young age of 62. Between the 2 passings, we also came very close to losing our second daughter who became septic at the age of 16. Since my mission, I have had quite a different perpective about life and the importance of it. Although there are many wonderful things in this world that we can and should enjoy, the greatest joys comes from trying to follow the example of Jesus Christ and keeping his commandments. By doing this there are many wonderful blessings that are available to each of us not only while we are here in mortality in this life but great promises and blessings that will be available to us after this life which include the continuation of our family relationships. A few of those commandments that we are all taught from the Holy Scriptures which include the Bible and Book of Mormon, are to honor and worship our Heavenly Father by not only praying to him but but by serving and treating all others as his children. I recognize and always try to remember that my savior, Jesus Christ, not only overcame the obstacle of death by his resurrection but also paid the price of my sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross and only through him can I be forgiven of my sins and hopefully one day be worthy to return to their presence with other loved ones. By regularly attending church and having the opportunity to serve in many different capacities, whether in youth programs, scouting, adult classes, missionary work, and temple work, having the fullnes of the gospel in my life has been a huge blessing as I deal with the stresses of the world at work and raising a family. I try to always remember that we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father who loves each of us the same and that there are really no bad people in the world, just bad decisions.