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Hi I'm Kirk

I grew up in Arlington, Washington, USA. I am an ER physician and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Arlington, WA in a large family. I was involved in piano, sports, and drama. I finished High School in Tucson, AZ and then attended BYU as an undergraduate in English and Pre-Med. I served a two year LDS mission to France and Belgium. After BYU I attended medical school at the University of Arizona. I have practiced Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine throughout my career. The most important thing to me is my marriage and my involvement in the gospel. My wife is a wonderful person who loves the Savior. We have not been blessed with children but we have each other. We also have a great interaction with the children of our friends and family members. I enjoy my work and the people I work with in medicine. My wife is a clinical pharmacist. She is also a gardener and I tag along and try to help. I love the flowers and vegetables she grows. Together we enjoy cooking wholesome, interesting and, of course, tasty food. I still play basketball often and sometimes go cycling. Though my talent is limited I enjoy singing and playing music on the piano and guitar. I love literature and theatre. I also love studying the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is true and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Savior's church upon the earth. My life is greatly blessed by being a member of this church because it contains the fulness of the gospel and is led by a living prophet. I invite anyone who is reading my profile to read the Book of Mormon (even a part of it) with prayer and an open mind. If the Book of Mormon is true then the whole thing is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to keep the commandments, fulfill my responsibilities in the church and support my leaders, which include the living Prophet and the Apostles as well as my local church leaders. Over the years I have had many different responsibilities in the church including teaching (early morning seminary for the teenagers, Sunday school, etc.), youth leadership as well as adult leadership. Since 14 years old I have been a Home Teacher which involves visiting individuals and families with a companion and offering service, friendship and spiritual fortification through teaching the gospel and praying together. My faith teaches me to try to be a positive influence in my work, in my community and among the people I know. I believe in sacrifice and service; in helping others to find their way when they might be lost or discouraged. The Lord says "let your light so shine . . ." He also says "If ye have done it unto the least of these . . . ye have done it unto me." I believe that. Because of my faith I tend to focus more on things that have eternal consequence rather than worldly or fleeting concerns. Of course, sometimes those two overlap, like helping someone with food or shelter in a time of crisis. My faith also leads me to spend a fair amount of time serving in the temple, which in my case is the Vancouver, BC LDS temple. (People who are not LDS may not understand why we build so many temples and spend so much time serving there. There are several reasons but probably the most important is that we want to provide a path of salvation for those who have died without a full knowledge of the Savior and His gospel.) I live my faith by trying to be a good husband and a good example to my nieces and nephews and the other youth that I know.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We are saved by grace. Grace comes through faith in Jesus Christ. If our faith in Jesus Christ is genuine then our life will show it by repentance and obedience to the commandments. That is why James says "I will shew thee my faith by my works" (or "by my behavior") (James 2:18). It is also why the Lord says "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15) and "Not every one that sayeth unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father" (Matt. 7:21) (i.e. repentance, baptism and obedience to the commandments). Grace is a gift, but it is a gift given to those who love the Lord. The Book of Mormon prophet Moroni taught: "if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you" (Moroni 10:32) Show more Show less