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Hi I'm Kirk Nielson

I’m Kirk Nielson. I am a husband, father, grandfather, and a just-retired scientist. I’m happy to be a Mormon!

About Me

I enjoy my family, work, travel, photography, running and walking, experimenting, building things, gardening, boating, skiing, fishing, writing computer code, and watching drama, music, basketball and soccer. I got my BS (chemistry) and PhD (physical & analytical chemistry) degrees from Brigham Young University and enjoyed a 38-year career as a consulting scientist at Battelle PNNL in Richland, Washington, and at Rogers & Associates Engineering Corp and URS Corp in Salt Lake City, Utah. My professional focus was on measurement of trace elements and radioactive materials, radiation surveys, and environmental characterization, pollutant fate and transport modeling, risk assessment, remediation, regulation, and hazardous waste disposal. I served an LDS mission to Brazil as a young man (age 19-21), and afterward served 6 years in the National Guard and Army Reserves. When I retired this year, my wife and I began to serve a 23-month LDS church mission in Orlando, Florida. While we love and miss our children and their families during this time, we find great satisfaction and blessings in getting to know and help the younger missionaries here, sharing the gospel with those we encounter, and inviting people to come unto Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family and attended church meetings, read from the Bible and Book of Mormon, and prayed as a child. I stayed active in the Mormon church throughout my growing-up and aging years because it works! From my scientific perspective, I love the testability and provability of the Gospel of Christ – that we can individually know for ourselves of its truthfulness and can even put doctrines to a test. Jesus Himself said (John 7:17) “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine …”. Malachi (Mal 3:10) spoke for the Lord, challenging us to “prove me now herewith” to experience the blessings from payment of tithes. Moroni (Moroni 10:4-5) challenged Book of Mormon readers to “ask God … if these things are not true; and … he will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost”. I have experienced God’s manifestations of truth and love, not as a skeptic, but in trying to follow God’s will and our Savior’s gospel. His gospel is: faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism for the remission of sins, receipt of the Holy Ghost, and being faithful to covenants we make with God. This path cleanses us from our sins, leads us to be better people, and enables us to enjoy the fullness of blessings that God has in store for us. Besides the comfort and peace I feel now from God’s blessings, I further trust in His promise of eternal life after I die and the fulfilling of my eternal marriage covenants, made in holy temples, to remain with my wife and family even after we depart this life.

How I live my faith

I strive to keep my covenants with God and apply them to my dealings with others. I enjoy being a husband, father, and grandfather, providing for my family, and teaching correct principles by word and example. I enjoy wholesome recreational activities, uplifting entertainment, and teaching, leadership, and administrative assignments in my church and other organizations, including speaking assignments, service projects, home teaching, boy scout activities, and helping neighbors and others around me as needs arise. I try to be honest in my dealings, including giving my best efforts and value to my employers and clients throughout my working career. I work to fulfill civic duties by voting and jury service, military service, and working for laws founded on correct principles. As a full-time missionary, I now focus my time and efforts on advancing the Lord’s work and inviting others to come unto Christ. My wife and I maintain a routine of regular prayer, scripture study, exercise, church attendance, spending uplifting time together, and seeking inspiration to address the challenges of daily life. While the Lord’s gospel is perfect, I’m still a work in progress, prone to mistakes, misjudgments, impatience, and many other weaknesses. Thus I am thankful to partake of the sacrament each Sunday to renew my covenants with God and strive to do better with each new opportunity. I trust in the grace and mercy of my Savior, Jesus Christ, for a forgiveness of my sins as I repent and strive to improve, and I feel continued happiness and peace in advancing the Lord’s work in Florida. I invite all to come and see what a difference the gospel of Christ can make in their lives.