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Hi I'm Kirk

In addition to a grateful and proud husband, father and grandpa - I am a Mormon

About Me

I was born in a small town in southern Idaho to wonderful parents who taught me to appreciate the common things in life. My dad was a veterinarian and my mom an animal lover. We lived on a farm so over the years we owned or cared for just about every domestic type of animal imaginable. (Even some not so domestic.) Such an upbringing gave me respect for the diversity of life on this earth and the truly amazing creations of God. In my adult life I pursued more technical interests, attending BYU and eventually settling in as a software engineer. Currently I work for a large firm in Seattle designing and developing applications. I am blessed to work with great people in a beautiful city. I love the outdoors and try to get 'in the woods" whenever possible. We also like to travel and recently enjoyed a visit to the east cost including some time in Washington D.C. Touring the various national sites reminded me of the core values held by so many of our founding fathers/mothers. It is a privilege to live in freedom and it is our responsibility to preserve liberty. By far the greatest blessings have come to me through my family. I married my high school sweetheart. (Just celebrated our 30th anniversary.) She is my rock-solid companion and certainly my better-half. We have two sons and even two grandsons. They are the joy of our life. The dynamics and commitments associated with family life are challenging but oh so rewarding!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon so the standards associated with the gospel of Jesus Christ are a part of my earliest memories. This was a blessing for sure, but it also meant (for me) that I took spiritual things for granted for most of my pre-adult years. Looking back now I can see the Lord's hand in my young life, but at the time I was somewhat oblivious... I have great parents who live their religion and who gave us kids plenty of opportunities to know God. While they kept us grounded by hard work (farming) they also gave us freedom to enjoy life and to be engaged in whatever interested us most. (I cannot say enough about good parents everywhere!!) We attended church, we studied the scriptures, we spent time as a family, and we prayed together. We also simply lived life, having fun and dealing with whatever challenges came our way. At nineteen I was called on a mission to Wisconsin. (Been a Packers fan ever since... grin) I left my comfortable home with some trepidation. WIthin a few months I realized that my relationship with God was primarily based on my parents relationship with God. I needed to know Him better and for myself. It didn't take long. As I reached out to Him, He responded. I had some personal experiences that confirmed to me that God is very real. He loves me as He loves you. That time in Wisconsin (Lake Mills to be exact) turned out to be the beginning of many such revelatory blessings. Those moments where the Holly Ghost speaks to your heart and your mind. A gift available to all. It is with that spirit I express my testimony of the reality of our Father in Heaven and the certainty that mortal life has an eternal purpose. I know that Jesus is the Christ. His life was one of service and example, but it was the atonement that gives us hope and a way back to God. I also know that the scriptures are true, including the Book of Mormon and that God answers prayers. I know it; I have experienced it; I am grateful!

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been a great blessing for me personally and in the lives of my family. Over the years we have associated with wonderful people who are willing to jump in and help where needed. On the occasions where we have been particularly challenged (i.e. family health issues, etc) the kindness of our friends really shines. In such circumstances it doesn't take long for someone from the church to show up at the door with a treat or casserole and a warm expression of support. There are also the many unexpected and unheralded acts of kindness that have lifted our burdens and reminded us that we are not alone. Even simply being included in someones prayer is such a blessing. Christ like kindness - greatly appreciated. The church gives lots of opportunities to serve in various capacities. Each "calling" brings with it challenges, but also new chances for growth. My wife and I are currently working with the young adults in the area. We sit on a committee as a support and resources for them as they plan and execute activities that involve hundreds of young people. It is heartening to see the selfless interests of these "kids" (my old age is showing through... grin). Much of what they do is community service or focused on charity organizations. Often it is not easy yet they do it with a spirit of joy that is contagious. It is fun to be around them! Working with this group reminds me of the principle expressed beautifully by a Book of Mormon prophet, "...when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." (Mosiah 2:17)