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Hi I'm John Kirkman

I grew up in Los Angeles. I have 5 children! I teach high school seminary. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in a rough environment in a Los Angeles suberb just south of Compton. It was filled with street fights, gangs, police helicopters and most of all anger. I constantly lived in fear. Parks scared me. My neighborhood scared me. Going to school scared me. When I was 10 my oldest brother died of a drug overdose. Outside of home, I had one place where I felt valued and secure and that was church. My youth leaders put up with me, loved me, shaped me and influenced me. I eventually ended up on an LDS mission for 2 years in Texas. If I found my roots in LA, the tree began to bloom in Texas. I love Texas. My mission was a challenge and a growing experience, but most of all it helped me to find Christ. Because of this I fell in love with teaching and leading others to Christ. After my mission I attended Brigham Young University and began training missionaries in Provo, Utah! I loved working with missionaries! What a great opportunity and training process that was for me. I eventually met the Queen of my life and we were married in the Salt Lake temple. We now have five children. Shortly after our marriage I began teaching scripture study classes for high school students. My joy is in helping others connect with the Savior and experiencing his love for themselves. My children are an active part of my life. We learn together, study together, play together & pray together. Because of these things, we have joy together.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love it! When I live the way Heavenly Father wants me to, I feel peace, happiness, joy and love. With the enabling power of the Savior, I am able to overcome weakness, do things I never thought I could and endure hard things. He makes life so much better. If someone asked "why are you married?" I would say because it brings my best companion and best friends (my kids) into my life. I wouldn never want to live without them. I feel the same about the gospel. The Father, the Savior and the Holy Ghost are my greatest companions, teammates, cheerleaders, support, and power. They are so good to me and bring me so much joy and goodness. I can't imagine living without them.

How I live my faith

"If ye believe these things see that ye do them" says a famous Book of Mormon scripture. This is how I believe in living my life. To live my life happily I believe that I must be an active participant in living the gospel and not just checking off boxes. I believe that prayer isn't something I do, it is something I experience. Church isn't something I do, it is a place to experience worship of Heavenly Father. I feel happiest when I am teaching and serving others. I love those moments with my children where we sit around and talk about life and feel greater love for each other. I love taking the time to ponder the scriptures and feel the Savior's love. In other words, the gospel is in every aspect of my life and it brings greater direction and success to all I do.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

John Kirkman
To me this question is like asking "how is Lebron James helpful in making the Miami Heat champions?" He is the MVP. Without him their is no championship. No victory. I have been married for 16 years and I have a fantastic relationship with my wife and children. This would have never come about with out the Savior and His teachings been a part of my life. Growing up in a Los Angeles suburb the attitude was "machismo" - no one crosses - no one disrespects you and if they do it is game on! Well that doesn't work in marriage and family. I've had to repent 100's of times and if I didn't learn to apologize quickly to my wife and children my marriage and my relationship with my children would be completely broken. The Savior is just that - the Savior of my marriage and family. He has saved our relationships through His teachings, practices, principles and ordinances. Oh how I am grateful for him helping my marriage and family to succeed. Show more Show less