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Hi I'm Fred Zirkle

I'm a business owner of protestant upbringing. I joined the Morman Church at age 33.

About Me

At age 65, I still advise businesses engaged in mergers and acquisitions in North America and China. My wife and I enjoy lots of family activities even though our we're spread around the globe. We've both experienced our challenges but go to bed grateful for so many blessings. Drafted by NFL football NY Jets long ago these knees only allow low-impact activities such as hiking and biking and white-water rafting. After bouncing in and out of various protestant churches I joined the Mormon Church at age 33. What a change! Finally, I learned my purpose on earth and resulting eternal possibilities. This knowledge brought better behavior plus more peace and happiness. Watching our children and grandchildren grow up embracing eternal truths makes everything worthwhile.

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a Mormon because here I found answers to long-held questions about our pre-mortal existence, the purpose of earthly life and our opportunities in the next life. The Bible now holds few mysteries and my testimony of Jesus Christ continues to grow as I study scriptures and try to live accordingly. My family and I are strengthened by fellow church members. None of our local parishioners receive monetary pay. But we all learn, grow and support one another as we strive to become better individuals and families. Every step I take by faith is rewarded by more knowledge and new insights. I love the security we receive by knowing the plan of salvation and accepting the atoning sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ.   

How I live my faith

My life after baptism at age 33 is less self-centered, less superficial and more meaningful and rewarding. I recognize, firmly stand for and defend correct principles. Yes, prayerful requests for wisdom and strength along the way are a must! Every evening, when I report back to Heavenly Father, I see where He has prompted me. He accepts my day even when my actions or thoughts fall short. He urges me to focus on my Savior, accept His grace and act more like Him. In addition to work and family events my time is spent in church activities. I also participate in community and professional organizations. God does not ask me to change my schedule he simply says “Take Me with you.”

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Fred Zirkle
The Word of Wisdom is God's revelation to man on how to enjoy better health. After baptism my college and business friends asked "How could you give up drinking, a few R-rated movies and a little cursing? Don't you miss your freedoms?" I smile and and reply "I've actually found more freedoms, awareness and quality time as a result of my new lifestyle."  Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Fred Zirkle
Mormons celebrate most national holidays, Christmas, Easter and Pioneer Day 24th of July celebrating pioneers first entry into the Salt Lake Valley. We also respect other religions and their holidays. Our dress is not unique to local dress other than we try to avoid immodest styles. We do attend church in dresses and suites to show our respect and reverence for God. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Fred Zirkle
We came to earth to further internalize the righteous principles we accepted in Heaven. To progress we need three ingredients 1- freedom to choose for ourselves, 2- enticing by good and evil, and 3- trials forcing us to use our agency to choose right or wrong. We must preserve our precious freedom to choose through provident living – thus we don’t become slaves to mounting debt and we find security through preparing for “rainy days” by storing food and emergency supplies.  Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Fred Zirkle
After baptism my college and business friends asked "How could you give up drinking, a few R-rated movies and a little cursing? Don't you miss your freedoms?" I smile and and reply "I've actually found more freedoms, awareness and quality time as a result of my new lifestyle."  In 1833 the Savior revealed to our prophet that we should obstain from offee, tea, alcohol and tobbaco. The health reasons were latter been discovered and we are still finding spiritual rewards as well. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Fred Zirkle
God wants to shower His children with knowledge and happiness. We all know something about God's will. We know a little rule or admonition on how we should act yet sometimes we ignore it. Yet if we become humble, obedient and responsive to God's promptings then he blesses us with more knowledge and happiness. This process continues until you can actually feel His presence and know He will give you wisdom in all thngs. God wants you to know Him. He wants to be a part of your life. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Fred Zirkle
Our leaders urge us to seek truth wherever we can find it. When investigating the church I prayed for hours asking God "Is this the true Church of Jesus Christ?" But I didn’t receive an answer. All I wanted was for Heavenly Father to tell me what to do. But He, in His wisdom knew I wasn’t ready yet. One night I realized that I was more concerned about being wrong than searching for eternal truths at any cost. When I made the decision to make truth my priority I then got on my knees to ask again… but I couldn’t… I realized deep inside I already knew the church was the Church of Jesus Christ - the same church that He organized when on this earth. Truth is revelation from heaven. We receive revelation when we are prepared to act. Now, after 32 years of striving to live the teachings found in biblical and modern-day scriptures for certainty I have tapped into the fountain of truth. God is the source of all truth. What a gift! Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ love us and have an organization here on the earth to lead us back to Them. Their purpose, and the purpose of the Church, is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. You too can know for sure. Listen to your heart. Take time to study and ponder. You will be richly rewarded for your sincere desire. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Fred Zirkle
To some degree we all know right from wrong. Just ask yourself how you want your children to act. You and I have the Light of Christ our conscience and Mormons strive to live Christ-like principles of honesty, chastity, loving our neighbors and serving our fellow man. We laugh but not at other's expense. We dance but not seductively. We love and cherish family. We work hard while attempting to balance time earning a living with growing in spirit and service. I enjoy the peace of knowing how and striving to act according to our Savior’s example. And when I slip up my appreciation for my Savior and His atoning sacrifice grows. Mormons are just like you - we want to be happy, provide for and enjoy a wholesome family, have loyal relationships and understand God and His plan for us. You'll find the path to eternal life in this church. Come join us.  Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Fred Zirkle
We increase our faith in Jesus Christ by studying His words, striving to follow His example and remembering to call upon God for strength to overcome the "natural man". As we strenghen our character then faith also increases as does our knowledge and confidence in His ways. As we internalize His principles our capacity to know and love our Savior increases. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Fred Zirkle
The Holy Ghost is a comforter, teacher, testifier and benefactor of gifts. Thus we seek the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. He is a personage of spirit without flesh and bones. As a member of the Godhead the Holy Ghost is one with the Father and the Son and shares their purpose – to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. He testifies to our souls the truthfulness of the gospel and the reality of the Father and Son. The Holy Ghost brings peace to our troubled hearts and wisdom to those seeking truth and even deflects the fiery darts of the adversary. He offers to bestow gifts including the knowledge of all things and all talents necessary for us to further the kingdom of God and assure our return to our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Fred Zirkle
The priesthood is the power and authority God gives to man to act on earth in building up the kingdom of Jesus Christ. God created the heaven and earth and all things through priesthood power. He has granted the priesthood to worthy males in His Church from Adam to current day. Every faithful male member of the Church may receive the priesthood. This power comes to priesthood holders living righteously and a desiring to serve. God wants us involved so that we may serve, learn and become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Fred Zirkle
 We believe in being chaste. That means being morally pure in thought and actions. God’s law of chastity prohibits sexual relations outside the bounds of marriage. God has given man a powerful, exciting and beautiful gift with a purpose that strengthens marital bonds and creates life. We must also avoid those activities that confuse the purpose of procreation which include fornication, pornography and impure thoughts.  Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Fred Zirkle
Mormons esteem the Bible as Holy Scripture. Furthermore, the Book of Mormon and ongoing prophetic revelations support and testify as to the Bible's truthfulness so far as it is correctly translated. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Fred Zirkle
Mormons do not worship but we do revere Joseph Smith. We worship Almighty God. Joseph Smith Jr. restored the true Church of Jesus Christ which was lost from the earth after Christ's apostles were scattered and martyred. See restitution of all things, Acts 321 Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Fred Zirkle
 As a boy I moved from one protestant church to another without needing to be re-baptized. In order to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day I needed to follow the Savior’s example. That means baptism by immersion by one having the proper authority. See Matt.316 Show more Show less

What is faith?

Fred Zirkle
 My faith began with a desire to find logic that explained my existence. Initially I thought faith and logic were opposites. Yet, faith comes when our desire to find truth exceeds our fear of being wrong. After finding explanations and standards that felt correct I tested them… and the rewards began to flow. My obedience led to more tests of faith which provided additional knowledge. God teaches us in small parcels and we grow through the cycle of faith, obedience, knowledge followed by more challenges, more faith, more obedience, more knowledge, etc. Now I realize that faith is not blind acceptance absent of justification. Today I know that faith is a desire to believe in that which is true. Faith in Jesus Christ gives us strength over the adversary and brings meaning, direction and ultimately salvation. Faith precedes miracles. True faith then brings miracles and immeasurable blessings from God. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Fred Zirkle
 I don't know why woman don't hold the priesthood now or in biblical times. Nor do I know why God doesn’t give males the privilege of giving birth and nurturing God’s spirit children. I do know that we and our spouses are equals in the eyes of God and only together can we obtain the greatest glory in the eternities. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Fred Zirkle
We are called Mormons, a short name for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Book of Mormon supports and amplifies the Bible as both testify of Jesus Christ and His prophets. We believe that heaven is not closed and that the Bible is not the only source to learn of Jesus Christ. Our loving Father in Heaven provides knowledge through other scripture as well as His constant desire to speak to each of us through the still, small voice of revelation. Before becoming a Mormon I heard many loud and false misconceptions about the church. Seeking more purpose and peace in my life, I committed to find the truth. When we become sincere seekers of truth God provides the path. Our priorities are similar to yours. Family, peace and purpose in life rank high in our priorities. Through study, prayer and trying to follow the example of Jesus Christ we grow, stumble, repent and learn. The journey has challenges but now we have the priceless knowledge of God’s supportive plan and our possibilities. We believe that all men have a divine center with unlimited potential. God placed us in this imperfect world knowing that trials would sometimes overcome us. His laws provide blessings for correct decisions and justice when we fall short. His Son, Jesus Christ, the only perfect being to walk this earth, agreed to atone for our sins. Through our Savior we can become pure and return to Heavenly Father and live with family through the eternities. We believe that Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit are three different personages of one completely united purpose. As part of our progression, Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness allows us His spirit children, to come to earth to internalize His principles that we accepted in the pre-mortal existence. Jesus Christ is the creator of this world, our perfect role model and our Savior. The Holy Spirit prompts us to make correct decisions and delivers peace and talents aid our progression. Our next home after this earth is determined by our actions and intentions. You and I will go where we have proven comfortable and worthy. The good news is that all mankind, whatever their circumstances, will be judged according to the light and knowledge they received. And before the final day of judgment we all will bow and acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Lord omnipotent. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Fred Zirkle
We believe that after all else we can do we are saved only by grace. Grace is the principle by which we are saved. Salvation also requires that we must be striving to be Christians. Salvation comes through the atonement of Jesus Christ. The atonement is effectual when we sincerely repent of sins. We recognize our sins when striving to obey gods laws our works. Apostle James explains For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 226 Show more Show less