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Hi I'm Dirk

I grew up in Pocatello, ID and I was raised a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of 3 and a grandfather of 6. I have been married to my wife for 32 years. I have worked in the food industry for 32 years, and I am currently a plant manager of a berry processing facility. I enjoy snow skiing, boating, working in the yard and other home projects.

Why I am a Mormon

In March of 1985 my wife and I talked about changing our lifestyle. We knew that this was going to be a change that was not going to be easy, and we decided, for the first time in our marriage, to kneel down and pray for help. We probably prayed 3 or 4 times over the next few weeks. I think that I had put the thought on the back burner of my brain, and hadn’t given it much thought. We were visited by a Stake President and Regional Representative one Saturday. We talked and prayed. It was a very powerful meeting. They invited us to come to Stake Conference the next day. We paid our tithing that day, and started building our testimonies. December 7th 1985 we were sealed together for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls Temple. We also had our children sealed to us at that time. It was a marvelous day in the temple! When our children walked into that sealing room, dressed in white, and looking like angels it was very difficult to hold back the tears of joy. As we all kneeled around that alter, and were sealed together I recall having the feeling that this was an absolute Heavenly experience that we were participating in. It is my testimony that prayer is real! Christ lives! And our Heavenly Father cares about each and every one of us. When you feel that your life has bottomed out, and that there is no hope, PRAY! Pray and wait for the answer. It most likely will not come as you would expect or want it to, but your prayers will be answered. Mine have time and time again, and although I still make mistakes, sometimes BIG mistakes, I know that my Heavenly Father still hears and answers my prayers. That doesn’t mean that I don’t suffer consequences for the stupid things I do, but it does mean that there is always hope to be forgiven. Through the atonement we all have the opportunity to repent and be forgiven. Christ took upon him all of our sins so that we would have this opportunity. It is my prayer that you will all heed the spirit when you are prompted.

How I live my faith

We have moved a lot over the years, and held various jobs in the church. I've mainly been a Sunday School Teacher, and I've just been called to teach the Gospel Doctrine class in our new Branch. We are both so happy that we made the decisions that we did over 26 years ago. Although I fall short some days, I try to be a good example for my neighbors, and those that I interact with through work and other contacts.