Hi I'm J. Kirk
I enjoy cycling when I have time. I worked for an international company until I retired and oversaw accounting and controls for major construction projects. My wife and I have 7 children and 18 grandchildren we love.
Why I am a Mormon
I had good friends when I was in high school. They were mostly from Protestant denominations. I did not attend any church, but I had deep feelings about God and many questions about my purpose on earth. One morning before school, a group of friends was discussing religion, and several of my close friends mentioned that they had been baptized as an expression of their faith and commitment to Jesus Christ. That night at home, I told my parents at the dinner table that I thought I would like to be baptized. My dad put down his fork and stared at me. He asked what brought that on. I just said that I had strong feelings about God, that my friends at school had talked about baptism, and that I wanted to be closer to God. Dad suggested that we go to "his" church the next Sunday. It turned out that his church was The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He took me and my younger brother to Sunday School. I enjoyed it. After that visit to church, Dad arranged for two young missionaries to come to our home and teach my brother and me. I read The Book of Mormon and prayed about its truthfulness at their invitation. All I can say is that I knew for myself through the whispering of the Holy Spirit that it was true. I was baptized. What I learned from The Book of Mormon and from the missionaries, is that God has a plan and loves me. Those questions I had about my purpose on earth were answered.
Could you talk about your baptism?
I was baptized on January 24, 1969. It was a cold night in Houston, but I felt warmth and light. The Holy Spirit witnessed to me in a direct way that what I had done was right and good. I had committed to follow the Savior and give my life to Him. I had followed His own example in being baptized by someone who held the holy priesthood of God. It was the beginning of a wonderful life of learning and discipleship.
How I live my faith
I have served as a bishop -- a lay leader of a Mormon congregation -- and in many other ways. Recently I served as the group leader for older men in our congregation. Our group particularly serves single mothers, widows, and those who are alone by providing regular visits and assistance. We enjoy Sunday meetings together where we discuss the teachings of Jesus Christ and how to apply them in our lives. My wife and I are now serving a 2-year mission in Frankfurt, Germany, where we assist full-time in the effort to invite all to come unto Christ and be baptized. We love the Lord, and we love the people who are all His children and our brothers and sisters.