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Hi I'm Kirk

I am a tax attorney, a marathoneer, a father and a grandfather. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Professionally, I am a tax attorney. At other times, I enjoy ballroom dancing with my wife, long distance running, backpacking, water and snow skiing, woodworking, and spending time with my children and grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

Over the years, as I have studied the scriptures and prayerfully considered what Heavenly Father would have me do in this life, the Holy Ghost has bourne witness to my that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is indeed the church Christ established during his mortal life, restored in our days. There is much good in all religions. Yet there are also things missing, such as restored priesthood authority and current-day revelation, key characteristics of Christ's church. I am a Mormon because I have come to learn that this Church contains all of the doctrines, the authority, the ordinances and the light of the gospel necessary to allow me to return to my Heavenly Father, having accomplished the purposes for which I came to earth. The Church blesses my life and my family daily.

How I live my faith

I try to start each day with prayer and scripture study, looking for direction. Then, as I go about my day, I watch for opportunities to teach and bless my family, to reach out to those in need, to be an example of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the evening, before I retire, I kneel to return and report on my day, asking for Heavenly Father's continued patience, protection and guidance for me and those I love and serve.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

I think people are surprised about how "normal" Mormon life is, yet they still notice important differences. We work to pay bills, we help our children with homework, we watch television and go to movies, we do dishes and laundry, we dance and we sing. Yet in each of these and other areas there is a spiritual element. - Before paying our bills we recognize the hand Heavenly Father plays in helping earn that income, so we pay our tithing. - We recognize that studying is important not only to get good grades and a good job, but because what we learn in this life continues with us in the next. - We value wholesome entertainment as families and the refreshment and strengthening that comes as we associate with one another and enjoy the wonders of nature with which we have been blessed. - We recognize the importance of work and the responsibility we have to serve others. And we are not perfect. We struggle with finances, with health, with family relations. But the gospel gives us important insights in understanding those experiences and giving them perspective, and in facing adversity. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I believe it is largely due to a lack of understanding. "Cult" sometimes is used to mean a secretive organization that deals in the supernatural. Sometimes it is used to describe an organization that follows with undue devotion a specific individual. Neither could be further from reality for the Church. The Church is actively engaged in outreach efforts to be better known -- missionaries, internet resources, etc. It opens its chapel doors wide for visitors to explore its doctrines and practices. The one exception to the open-door policy is temples as opposed to regular chapels that have been dedicated. These are open to the public for tours before they are dedicated. After dedication they are reserved only for members who live the tenents -- not out of secrecy, but to preserve the sacredness. Regarding the "devotion to one individual" definition, some point to the high regard in which members hold Joseph Smith. However, we do not worship Joseph. He was a prophet who was martyred for his role. He was a great example of staying the course in the face of unrelenting persecution. But he was only a man. Show more Show less