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Hi I'm Kirk

I'm a father, husband, computer tech, and a Mormon.

About Me

I work in Information Technology as a Helpdesk technician. I'm an avid sports fan (GO RAZORBACKS!), hiker, reader, and computer geek. I am the father or stepfather of 6 children ranging in age from 5 to 15. My wife and I were sweethearts in junior high, but be came reacquainted over the past couple of years and were recently married in the St. Louis Temple.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I'm a Mormon and how I became a Mormon are two very different but interwoven questions. When my wife and I first started dating, the differences in our religions was one of the first topics we discussed. We agreed that we should both learn about the other person's religion and decide how those differences would affect our relationship. I invited the local missionaries over to visit with me so I could ask some questions. My intent was to visit with them a few times and then tell her that it wasn't for me. The first time the missionaries came by to visit, my children were visiting for the weekend. I stepped outside to start what I knew was going to be a tough job of convincing the missionaries to leave so I could spend the time with my kids. I started by saying "I'm sorry, my kids are here for the weekend and..." and at that point one of the missionaries threw up his hands, almost in a surrender gesture, and said "Family comes first. We can come back any time. Here's our number. Now go have fun with your kids!" My attitude changed at that point from just "getting it over with" to "maybe I need to at least listen to what they have to say." Over the next few months, I had many discussions with the missionaries. I asked many questions about Mormon beliefs and practices. I questioned them about stories I had found on the internet. We sifted through the truths and myths. We discussed the differences between what I had been taught growing up and what the church teaches. Most of all, I asked them to show me in the Old and New Testament where many of the practices and teachings of the church could be found. They were able to answer every question, and many I hadn't thought to ask. After several months of studying, reading, learning, and praying, all of my reservations were addressed and answered fully. My questions about baptism, death, judgement, and even the end of times were answered. At that point, I felt this was the true church, and the the life I should live.

How I live my faith

I am still relatively new to the church, so I'm still trying to find my place and how I can serve others best. One way I've found to serve is simply by driving our missionaries around once in a while. I go with them to visit members who are sick, non-members with questions just like I had, and to visit members just to see how they're doing. I also have several families in the church that I try to visit at least once a month to help teach them and to see what I can do to help them. Perhaps one of them has been sick and they need their yard mowed, or they need their sidewalk shoveled so they can safely reach their mailbox through the snow. You never know how you can help your friends and neighbors until you ask. My biggest area to serve right now is within my own family. Since they are as new to the beliefs of the church as I am, my primary focus is teaching them what I believe, why I believe it, and how we can put those beliefs into practice in our every day lives.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

We perform proxy baptisms (baptisms for people who have already died) in order to help them reach heaven. A common misconception is that by doing these baptisms, we are "saving" them. According to our beliefs, this is not true. We do the physical labor of the baptism, but the ancestor that has died then has the choice to accept or reject it. Show more Show less