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Hi I'm Berk

I'm a commercial lawyer and an eighth generation Mormon. Like each prior generation, I've found Jesus Christ as a Mormon.

About Me

I have always enjoyed motorcycles, hunting and the great outdoors, but health problems in the last few years have restricted my outdoors activities, so I have begun to explore the world and universe as a fiction writer. I have found that tales of young adult science fiction and young adult horror allow me to seek adventure and discovery in whole new realms of life while at the same time continuing to probe the realities of my own existence. My wife, children and grandchildren have always been willing to provide feedback and insights on the strengths and weaknesses of my stories, and they are my best critics and editors.

Why I am a Mormon

As with every thinking individual, I've had questions about God, about my relationship with God and Jesus Christ, about who I am, where I come from and where I should be going, and I've found answers to all the fundamental questions of life in the revealed gospel of Jesus Christ. I find great comfort in knowing that God has a mouthpiece on the earth today, and that through living prophets, seers and revelators, God reveals the secrets of Eternal Life, and that through the restored authority, power and keys of His holy priesthood, God provides the saving covenants and ordinances that will allow His children to return to His presence and recieve a fulness of joy in His Celestial mansions on high.

How I live my faith

As with the followers of Jesus Christ in ancient times, every aspect of my life is guided by my desire to be a faithful disciple of Christ. In my work as a lawyer, in my fiction writings, in all my dealings with family, friends and neighbors, I hope to think, do and say the things that my Lord would think, do and say, so that my life might be a reflection of His life, so that when I see Him one day, I will know Him because I will be like Him. Even as He, acting as the Son, submitted His will perfectly to the will of the Father, it is my hope to submit my will, in my imperfection, to the will of the Son that through the Son I might know the Father and be one with Him.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Berk
Not all of God's children were privileged to find Jesus Christ in mortality let alone were given the opportunity to participate in His saving covenants and ordinances while in mortality. When we die, though our mortal body returns to dust in the mortal world, our eternal spirit goes on to await the resurrection in a spirit world. While there, all God's children will be privileged to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, and if they choose to participate in the saving covenants and ordinances, such as baptism, such work can be done for them by the followers of Christ who hold His priesthood and still reside in the flesh in the mortal world. Doing this proxy work for the dead does not cancel out their agency to choose or reject the work that is done for them. Of course, some of the most important work we can do as individuals is for our own ancestors so that our extended family lines can be sealed in eternal family units. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Berk
Only in the bonds of the family relationships can we obtain a fulness of joy--the same happiness that God has. While God intends for family relationships to continue throughout eternity, it is only by the power of Christ's ordinances and covenants that such relationships can continue beyond death. Show more Show less