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Hi I'm Kirk

I grew up in Yucaipa, California. I am an army dentist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California going to the beach and mountains with friends and family. I had the privilege of running around with good group of friends while in High School. We were typical teenagers that spent the majority of our time either earning money or spending that money dating girls from surrounding high schools . It turns out that I didn't have to look too far for the girl who would become my wonderful wife. My best friend's little sister always seemed to be around, and eventually that little sister didn't seem so little anymore and soon after a two year mission to Switzerland we were married. Over the past 12 years we both went to school and worked while having children. My wife is a dental hygienist and I am an army dentist. We have spent time in Arizona, Oklahoma, Germany, and now Texas. I spend the majority of my time being an orthodontic resident, but any free time that I get, I love spending with my wife and 5 kids. I live for the moments when I can play baseball with my son or go swimming with my daughters. Sometimes to the disappointment of my commanders in the army or the staff in my residency I consider the time with my family as the most valuable time I spend.

Why I am a Mormon

I was the youngest in a family of 7 children who were all baptized when they turned eight years old. So, I too was baptized at eight years old. As I grew up, there were few other LDS kids in school and so I was constantly questioned about why I did what I did and believed what I believed. I reflected on these questions. "Why do I do certain things and why do I believe these things or is this just a big hoax, and I am just a part of a religion that someone made up." At that time I convinced myself that I was content with not really knowing if this was Christ's church because I reasoned that even if it isn't, it is a good church where people live good principles and if when I die and it turns out that it is true then great I made the right choice, but if I died and there was nothing afterward, oh well, at least I was a good person. I was never content with this reasoning. I had to know. I had always heard that "if you want to know if this is the Lord's church you should read Book of Mormon and pray to know if it is true." I took this challenge when I was 14. I read a few chapters in the book of mormon every night for quite some time. One night it crossed my mind that I should pray about it and ask if it is true. I locked my bedroom door, per chance one of my older siblings would walk in and make fun of me, and then I knelt and prayed. I remember feeling nervous about what would happen, but as I prayed I felt a feeling of certainty. It just made complete sense that the Book of Mormon was real scripture and that The Church was really Christ's church. I finished reading the Book of Mormon then decided to read the Bible. I was worried reading the Bible because hundreds of religions believe in the Bible, but as I read it nothing contradicted what I believed but in fact supported what I believed. Over the years I have noticed that the more that I live my religion the happier I am, which also testifies to me that this is Christ's church.

How I live my faith

The majority of how I live my faith happens as I am with my family. We eat dinner with each other most nights and at the dinner table we ask each other what we have done to make ourselves a better person and what have we done for someone else that day. We spend the rest of dinner discussing the details of day. We read scriptures and pray as a family every night. We go to church each Sunday morning. I am a Sunday School teacher where I teach the youth ages 14-15. I enjoy teaching kids this age, because for me this was the age when I made several decisions that dictated the rest of my life to this point. They are a lively group of kids and every Sunday, I wonder if they getting anything out of the lessons I prepare, but just the fact that they show up and aren't out doing any number of things that a teenager could be doing at that time is motivation enough for me to keep teaching them. My wife is now working with the 9-10 year old boys in cub scouts. Over the years we have served in the church in many different ways, often with the youth. Recently, I read an online article that was written about an LDS person who is running for a political office. Several commenters of the article really could not believe that this person, doesn't drink alcohol or coffee, was faithful to his wife, paid 1/10th of his income to the church, and was abstinent before marriage. I found this amusing because what seems odd to others and impossible to do is everyday life for millions of LDS. Although I am not by any means perfect, when I live according to the principles taught by the scriptures or the current leaders of church life always seems to go easier, and challenges that could be perceived as a big deal or impossible, become much more manageable.