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Hi I'm Kirk

I'm from Utah County, I love learning about other countries, I'm a Democrat, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a fairly typical Utah County family of five children, with one little brother and three little sisters. Two of my sisters were adopted from China, so I have a strong interest in Asian cultures. I am also interested in politics, generally supporting the Democratic Party. While there is a stereotype that all Mormons are conservative, President Uchtdorf said, "As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are united in our testimony of the restored gospel and our commitment to keep God's commandments. But we are diverse in our cultural, social and political preferences." After graduating from high school, I went to BYU for a year, studying International Relations, a major that combines the areas of study I find most interesting. I'll return to BYU after I finish serving a mission in Japan for two years.

Why I am a Mormon

Having grown up in Utah County where it seems that almost everyone is a Mormon, it has been easy to simply accept the gospel like everyone else. After going to other places and seeing the different beliefs of others, I've realized that this church truly is the only true church. Though I think there are some truths in nearly all religions, the LDS church is the only church that has all of the truth. While I don't have a certain time when it all suddenly clicked, I realize that I instead have slowly been led to understand the truth of this church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by praying daily, reading from the Book of Mormon and Bible, and attending church services on Sunday. In addition, I've found that going to the temple every week or so can help as well. One can truly feel God's presence at these temples, whether you go inside or just visit the temple grounds. We are also told to help others who may be in need. This means that Mormons often do service projects to help others. One of the most meaningful service projects I've done is when I brought donations from my hometown to a foster home for orphans in China. Many items that disabled infants need, like bottles for those with a cleft-palate or many over the counter medicines, are unavailable in China. I could more fully understand how giving was better than receiving after seeing the great need of the children. Even though I only helped a little, it was great to see how much simple actions can bless the lives of others.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Kirk
No, it does not. While most Mormons in the United States are Republicans, many of us, including me, are not. Though the church may have opinions on certain issues, such as abortion, we are encouraged to vote for whoever we want in any political party. President Uchtdorf, one of our church's leaders, said that, "As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are united in our testimony of the restored gospel and our commitment to keep God's commandments. But we are diverse in our cultural, social and political preferences." Show more Show less