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Hi I'm Erick

I'm a working student, and life is great. I love learning, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

So I'm in college, getting a master's degree in engineering, and I love it. College has been an awesome experience. I've met a lot of amazing people and learned a lot in the last few years. Lately I've been into painting, writing, and of course, one of my oldest loves: music. I have a BIG non-traditional family that I love. I have brothers-4 and sisters-6 living all over the place, and have learned to appreciate my family situation, though not perfect, and I try to be there for my family in whatever ways I can. Because I'm away at school, I don't seem them much, but we still find ways to keep in touch. My parents separated when I was little and have both remarried great people. All of my siblings are grown up and some of them are already starting their own little families. It's awesome.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised within the Church, and I'm grateful for that. As a boy, I believed my parents and their faith. As a teenager, the trials and adversities of life would not allow for that dependence any longer. Through a series of what I consider miracles, I felt within myself that the truths that I had learned were indeed true. Now, I can think of many truths that I have learned personally, by the Holy Ghost. I can personally testify, or declare with knowledge, that God is our Father. I also know that the Book of Mormon is true. I can offer no scientific proof, nor has any ever been offered to me. Nonetheless, I know it is true. And any who reads it with faith in Christ will know that it must be true. Many years ago, the Son of God was born here on the earth. He lived perfectly. He was sent by Heavenly Father, to show us the way through His example. He sacrificed Himself, miraculously, so that we could be forgiven of our mistakes and sins if we would abandon them. He is the center of my faith, and hope.

How I live my faith

I think the greatest way that I can live my faith is through my day-to-day actions and attitude. I can't ALWAYS be doing something great, but I can be doing GOOD things often. The key to living our faith is to live as He on whom our faith is founded, namely, Christ. Trying to live life as He did: obediently, avoiding all evil, loving and lifting our peers at work and school, and to teach, help, encourage, and protect our loved ones. We can be excited about life and find success as we try to follow the example and teachings of Jesus Christ. For example, one of the hardships I often see in my own life is that I can get pretty selfish. Jesus Christ was totally unselfish, and gave everything He was to helping us in our quest to truly change and become better. When I also give of myself for no other reason except to help out someone else, I feel a warm happiness and satisfaction inside. It's my belief that this feeling comes because God is telling us that this is a good choice, and invites us to continue in that way.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Through His Son, Jesus Christ. We can come to know both of Them by examining the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, and most importantly, by striving to live as He did. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

To perform a holy ceremony, such as baptism, and expect for that act to be validated not only in this life, but to have power also in the eternal world, the power and authority of God is required. No man could do that of himself, nor will he ever. It requires God's authority, or he will not honor it. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Those who investigate the church recognize that it's teachings are good and true. They then also desire that their love ones can participate in the same blessings that they are enjoying. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Absolutely not. He is respected as a prophet of God, and a great man. We honor him in the way that we respect other great prophets such as Moses, Abraham, or Elijah. We do not compare him to Deity. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

I think most of the missionaries work for years, prior to their missions, and save money to meet the expenses of their mission. In almost all other cases, the family of the missionary will pay their way. I've also heard many cases of generous church members or others who will pay the expenses if the missionary's family is unable to. Show more Show less