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Hi I'm Dirk

I'm a proud Wyomingite, a lover of the outdoors, a lover of languages, a husband and father, a veteran, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am originally from Wyoming. I lived there until after high school, when I served a two-year mission in Bulgaria for the Mormon church. After returning, I went to college and joined the Air Force. My wife and I have been married for 15 years. We have 4 terrific children. My military career has taken us all over the country and world, far from our family and friends in Wyoming. In addition to the other blessings of the gospel, we have been grateful for our membership in the Church of Jesus Christ and the sense of community it gives us, wherever we are.

Why I am a Mormon

I am frequently asked if I was raised in the church, or whether I am a convert. My answer is, "both". Both of my parents are LDS. My home, growing up, was a home of faith, filled with teachings from and applications of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The LDS church was also an integral part of our lives. We attended every Sunday, and both my parents have always served faithfully in various capacities within the church. I take issue, however, the assumption applied in the question--that I am currently a Mormon simply because I was raised in a Mormon home. Faith, conviction, and testimony are not inherited. Each individual must work to secure these things for himself. To be sure, as I read from the scriptures and discussed gospel principles with my family growing up, I had many spiritual experiences that resulted in my having a simple conviction that God loves me, that Jesus is the Christ, and that he currently leads the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through His prophet. As I've grown up, left home, and set-out in the world, though, my simple faith has been questioned and challenged over and over. My "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the bible tells me so" level of faith was shaken when I saw difficult things happen to people whom Jesus loves...when I experienced my own challenges. The fact that I was raised Mormon certainly steered my search for truth. I haven't wandered blindly around the religious landscape, endlessly sampling different doctrines. But there are no shortcuts; I have had to study things out in my mind, acquainting myself with the teachings of Jesus Christ as taught by the Mormons. I have had to get on my knees, the same as everyone else, and as the Lord for a witness that the things I'd learned were true, and that I was on His path. This is why I am Mormon. The Holy Spirit has convinced me that this is God's path.

How I live my faith

Imperfectly, to be sure. I have been somewhat hesitant to create this profile, fearing that my religion would be judged by my own imperfect efforts to live it. My faith is in Jesus Christ. His is a life that bears up under scrutiny. My goal is always to follow the Christ's example, in how I treat other people and in everything I do. I am far from perfect, but fortunately, it is not all-or-nothing. To the extent that I am able to follow my Savior's example, treat others as He would, and act as He would, I am happier. My life and my relationships are more fulfilling.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Dirk
There is a verse in the Book of Mormon that states, "For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?" (Mosiah 5:13) I think this is the perfect answer to this question. The more we learn of God, His unfailing love for us, and His perfect plan for our happiness, the more our faith in Him increases. As we strive to serve God, grow closer to Him, and keep Him in our thoughts and hearts, our faith increases. Show more Show less