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Hi I'm Kirk

I'm a Mormon from California.

About Me

I'm a 38 year old man married to Shauna, the love of my life. We've been married for 17 years now and have 5 great children. Our oldest is now 16 and the youngest is 3 years old. While there are many challenges raising children, it's been a real pleasure to have them in our lives and watch them grow. I'm the founder and portfolio manager of Desert Rose Capital Management, Inc. I love helping people and enjoy serving others where I can.

Why I am a Mormon

 Why am I a Mormon? How can I begin to share with you the magnitude of blessings that have come into my life from being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints? While there are so many aspects of my life that have been enriched from being a member of the church and associating with other members, I am a Mormon because my heart has been changed through my relationship with Jesus Christ and His teachings. I was a rebellious teenager growing up and thought I would find happiness in worldly pursuits. I searched in vain and became quite miserable. When I was 16, I reached a point that I seriously considered ending my life. I gazed up at the stars that night and marveled at how many stars there were and how large and majestic the universe is. Until that point, I had never really thought about the existence of God very much. I think that it was more convenient to do as I pleased if I didn't believe God existed, but the thought came into my mind that if I was wrong and the Lord did exist, I would be committing a terrible act if I took my own life. I determined then that I would find out if God existed. I had been taught that if I searched to know the truth and was willing to accept the ramifications of that truth, God would answer my prayers and efforts. It was like a scientific test that I take myself. My mother was Mormon, so I began praying, reading in the Bible and Book of Mormon and attending church. I had a scientific mindset and constantly searched for things that might disprove what I was learning. I was genuinly open to plausible answers however, and found it amazing that my concerns were soon resolved through what seemed to be random lessons, conversations and passages of scripture. After a while, I came to the realization that logic could neither prove nor disprove anything and that in the end, I would only really know for certain if I experienced in my heart what others had talked about...a testimony from God that what I was reading was true. One night, while reading in the Book of Mormon, I was really enjoying the things that I was reading. I remember thinking, "This is beautiful, there is no way that Joseph Smith, a farm boy with only three years education could have possibly written something so intricate and majestic." As this thought crossed my mind, powerful feeling of peace came over me that I don't ever remember having felt before. I recognized this feeling from what had been described to me by others as being the Holy Ghost. I had been taught that this feeling was from God to confirm to me the truth. As it dawned on me that I was actually having a message from the Lord, the feeling washed over me again so powerfully that I knew for certain that the Book of Mormon was sent from God for our benefit. I was amazed and deeply touched to know the He cared about an insignificant kid on a bunk bed, in a condominium, in the middle of a large city. I was so excited about what I had discovered, that I wanted to run into the streets and just shout out, "IT'S TRUE!!!". I have felt this spiritual confirmation literally hundreds of times in the past 20+ years. I feel it now as I right this article. I know that God loves each one of us. His teachings have changed my life completely. It has not always been easy by any stretch of the imagination, but as I have followed the Savior and tried to please God, this same wonderful peace has come into my life and makes it all worthwhile. If you are reading this and wondering for yourself if there is any hope for you, talk to the Mormon missionaries and find out for yourself. I promise you that you will know.

How I live my faith

 I try to follow the Saviour in all my daily activities. I constantly find new ways to apply His teachings and example as we raise our children, as I work and as I serve in the church. I currently serve as a counselor to our bishop and help him as he helps the members of our area and members of other faiths in our area. I've worked with the youth for many years and enjoy seeing them grow. I enjoy visiting those in need financially as well as those in need spiritually, mentally and emotionally. I find that it helps to lift my own burdens and really makes me feel like I have one big family.