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Hi I'm Kirk!

I'm a convert! I am a photographer! I think life is better in color! & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

A little bit about me... I have grown up my whole life in WONDERFUL Oregon! I absolutely love it there! I come from a family of four, my younger sister and my parents. They are basically the best, obviously! I spent most of my life, from age 4 to 18, as a Catholic. My sister was baptized as an infant. My mother had always been a member. My father was baptized when I was in my early teens. We spent most of my life very active in the church, going to church each Sunday and going to all of the other meetings outside of Sunday! At about the age of 16, or so, I stopped attending church due to working and disinterest and slowly the rest of my family followed. One of my passions in life is to one day entering the Medical Field! I LOVE HOSPITALS!! I know that sounds totally weird, but I really do love Hospitals! I have completed one year of undergraduate school striving for a degree in Exercise Science and plan to finish my degree at Brigham Young University - Idaho! I would LOVE to attend OHSU (Oregon Health & Science University) for Medical School, but we will see what happens! I love to learn! I love to love! I love color! I love spending time with other people! && Most of all I love my Heavenly Father for blessing me with such a fabulous life! =D

Why I am a Mormon

As I mentioned above, I spent most of my life as a Catholic! When I was about 17 years old I started working at a local grocery store, Safeway. I worked there quite a bit for about a year. At the time I had a pretty serious girlfriend who I spent all of my time outside of school with (We went to different schools). So my social life basically consisted of school friends, work friends, and then my girlfriend. However, none of these groups ever mixed. One day, in the fall of my Senior year, the store hired a new produce clerk. I hated him. =D But it is okay, because he hated me too. Seriously, we were like worst enemies. He had heard a bunch of bad things and rumors about me and I just didn't like him. So that was how it all started. The winter of 2007 was HORRIBLE!! Like seriously we had a wind storm of at least 80 mph winds for a week straight! It destroyed a lot of my hometown and shut the town down for an entire week. After the storm ended, the store was in need of some major labor to get back into shape! We were both placed in the produce to get the refrigerated stuff restocked! All we said to each other was Hi... From that day on, we have been best friends. He was preparing to go on a two year mission to Colombia, South America. I was preparing for college. My interest was peaked as I asked him about his religion. It all started when I went to church and began reading the Book of Mormon. From the moment I began to learn the doctrine of this church, I knew that it was true. He left for Colombia in August 2008, I went to college just two weeks later. I was baptized in November of 2008, just a few months after meeting the missionaries and members of the church in my college town! I have never had a stronger commitment to do anything more than the commitment I have to serve my Heavenly Father and his children. I know that this is Christ's true and living church. I know this with all my heart! There is nothing that brings me more happiness that my testimony!

How I live my faith

From the time that I joined the church until now I have always been asked to participate in Missionary Work. I have been blessed to see two of my friends join the church back home and now I am serving a full-time mission where I have been blessed to see many of my Heavenly Fathers children enter the waters of baptism! There is nothing greater than sharing my testimony of what I KNOW to be true with other people who are not my my faith. There is such a powerful spirit that comes from pure and simple testimony that just can't be felt any other way! One thing I really try to do to live my faith is to be an example of what Christ expects of all of us. It isn't easy to keep all of the commandments all of the time. We are all weak at something and we all make mistakes, but I try to do my best to overcome those weaknesses and share my light with others! Repentance is one of the most beautiful gifts that our Heavenly Father has given to us here in this mortal life! He allows us to feel sorrow in our hearts for the sins that we commit so that we have a desire to change. Through my personal experiences the Lord has shown me qualities and attributes that need refining. This is one of the biggest ways that I live my faith; using that faith to repent. As I have spent these last three years learning more about the church, sharing my testimony, and studying the word of God, I have come to realize the importance of building a personal relationship with God. This is the only way that we can live our faith, because faith does require action. Our Heavenly Father has given us EVERYTHING that we have, literally. There is no material, or even spiritual thing that we can give back to Heavenly Father. All that we can do for Him is to seek His will always and then DO IT! =D

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Kirk!
In my personal journey of coming to know my Heavenly Father, it has required a LOT of effort on my part. The scriptures always talk of these men who "wrestle" with the Lord. That is quite a feat, to wrestle with our Creator! But honestly, this is what we must do to build a relationship with him. I have spent many hours searching the scriptures for answers to my questions, for a stronger testimony of what I believe, and to come to know His love. Along with that I have spent many many many nights pleading with the Lord on my knees, begging Him to bless me with comfort and peace and to feel His love. This is what we must do. Trust that he is there, search the scriptures for evidences of the Lords' hand, pray and ask Him to bless with with a knowledge that he is there, and then go and do what he asks us to do. "If ye love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15 The more that we do these things consistently the more the blessings will flow from Heaven. As these blessings come we will come to feel the Love of God in our lives and we will come to know that he exists, because of the personal and sacred experiences that we have with him! Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Kirk!
The Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is always chosen by Revelation, or communications between man and God. We believe that Jesus Christ lives and that He is at the head of this, His church. The leadership of the church is organized beneath this "head". There are fifteen "prophets, seers, and revelators" that lead this church. They are considered Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ. The senior, or oldest, Apostle is named the President and Prophet of the church. He then prays and receives revelation through prayer and fasting as to who his counselors will be to aid him in this calling. Thus we have the Senior Apostle, or Prophet, with his two counselors as well as twelve men also sustained and called as Apostles. This is the patterns and structure set up by our Heavenly Father as to how the Prophet is chosen and called to his position. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Kirk!
Grace is such an interesting term in the Christian world. Some view Grace as this free gift that Christ gives to all of us that just makes everything bad we have ever done go away. They view it as something that is 100% free, cannot be bought, cannot be earned, and will only be given through verbal acceptance of Jesus Christ. We, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, believe that Grace is the Power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ used to magnify man above their mortal capacities. Our Heavenly Father has given us a law to live by. This law is what we must follow in order to return to live with Him again in the next life. Jesus Christ had to suffer for us in the first place because of this law. If it didn't have to be followed so strictly, then Jesus Christ would not have had to suffer for our sins, the punishment wouldn't have had to be paid by anyone. All of God's children are held to the same law, or commandments, and when we break one of these commandments we receive punishment. On the other hand, following the commandments grants us blessings from above. None of us are perfect and none of us will ever be able to live the law perfectly. This means that we ALL FALL SHORT! We need Jesus Christ's sacrifice in order to overcome that fall that we make. His Grace comes in to help us as we strive our hardest to do our best. He doesn't require perfection, but he requires 100% effort from us. "Then is His Grace sufficient for us." Show more Show less