A mission to the majors

By Trent Toone

Mormon Times

Published: Monday, June 27 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

Originally, Iorg had planned to return to Alabama following his mission. But when he arrived home in mid-July, the Tigers offered him a $1.5 million signing bonus. Sixth-round picks usually receive something in the $105,000 to $120,000 range.

“It was a huge blessing that should have never happened. I shouldn’t have been drafted that high after having not played for two years. There is no chance I should be offered that much money for doing nothing,” Iorg said. “If that’s not a blessing, I don’t know what is. It’s incredible that it happened.”

True love for the work

Some departing missionaries ask their girlfriend to wait for them. Iorg dumped his girlfriend.

Iorg met Kristin, a pretty girl from a very small Alabama town and member of the Crimson Tide dance team, at a baseball team party during his freshman year in 2005. She immediately noticed something different about him. He was drinking water and didn’t use profanity.

“It was a breath of fresh air. What a rarity at Alabama, a party school,” Kristin said.

“He’s a Mormon,” her friends whispered. “What’s that?” Kristin wondered.

She gradually found out.

After becoming friends, one day she was at his apartment and noticed a large, framed picture of an old man.

“That is so sweet, you have your grandfather’s picture on the wall,” she said.

“Oh no, that’s Gordon B. Hinckley. He’s the president of my church,” Iorg replied.

Then she noticed his scriptures, all four of the standard works, on the table.

“Wow, my bible is nowhere near this big,” Kristin said.

Thus began their conversations about the church. Iorg was the first Mormon that Kristin, who grew up in a Southern Baptist town, had ever met.

They dated during the year, but broke up when he left on his mission. They stayed in touch through letters, and she started to investigate the church independently. Cale offered support from afar.

Her family was wary of the church at first, having heard all the myths about the Mormons, but they supported her decision to learn more. Kristin found nothing about the gospel to be strange or unappealing. The idea of a modern-day prophet and other teachings made sense to her. The example of the Iorg family also made a big difference.

“Everyone was so happy. There were never any bad words spoken. Everyone was so loving toward one another. I want a family like yours,” Kristin told Cale.

With time and more meetings with the missionaries, Kristin developed a testimony of her own.

Most of Iorg’s first year back was spent playing minor league baseball in Florida. Kristin eventually went to see him and they started dating again, this time with much more in common. After a few months Kristin asked her returned missionary if he would baptize her. He happily consented.

Iorg also had a question for her: “Will you marry me” She happily consented.

She was baptized on Oct. 25, 2008. They were married Feb. 6, 2009, and sealed in the Orlando LDS Temple on their one-year anniversary.

“The day we were sealed was one of the best and most beautiful days of my life,” Iorg said.

Kristin had just found out she was pregnant with the couple’s first child. Knowing that made the event more significant. She described her experience as emotional and life-changing.

“To know we, all three, were sealed together forever that day was a feeling I will never forget,” she said. “God knows what he is doing when you meet people. He knows our needs and desires. He led me to Cale, and there was a feeling of completeness from day one.”

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