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Hi I'm Eric

I am a student, a husband and a new father, I pretty much always have a five o'clock shadow and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have recently become a new father during my first quarter in a Korean studies graduate program. I served as a missionary in South Korea and developed a deep admiration for the country, culture, and of course the food (including kimchi!) I love being a dad, even when my son is crying in the middle of the night it makes me happy that he is here. Although I am not very good I enjoy playing tennis and volleyball. I also enjoy listening to and singing along with good music and have within the last couple of years developed a taste for country music.

Why I am a Mormon

Most people can empathize with a miserable middle school experience. During my middle school years I suddenly found myself without any friends and spent most of my time alone. I felt lost and hopeless. I started making choices that made me feel better for a while but really only made my situation worse. I had an experience one summer that reminded me that I had the God given ability to choose for myself how I would respond to the situation I was in. Through prayer I was able to find that I was not alone and that I was meant for so much more than middle school sorrows! Things changed quite dramatically for me that summer, I became more cheerful, and chose to live a life according to the truths which my parents had been teaching me for years. I found that people liked me and began to like myself. When I ran into rough times where I felt abandoned or rejected I did not ask "why me" but instead turned to my Heavenly Father who without fail was always there to comfort me and is always still. I know he loves me and I know that the changes that took place the years after choosing to live in the way that he would have me took place only through the sacrifice of my Savior Jesus Christ, the atonement. I am still changing and overcoming weaknesses through that sacrifice. I am now able to rejoice in the blessings that I have received from choosing to change. The most important to me being the blessing of being married to my wife even after this life. These are blessings that anyone can enjoy, you just have to choose to.

How I live my faith

I am from a Scottish heritage and my family creed is Commit Thy Work to God. I often try to come up with different ways to commit my work to God. I try to put him before anything else. It isn't easy to do my daily scripture study before I watch a movie or check my e-mail, but I always feel so much more prepared for life when I do. At church my responsibility is to keep record of the funds that come in and go out of our unit. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we pay 10% of our income as tithing and also are encouraged to give generously in other areas such as humanitarian aid and to the service of local church members in need. It is incredible to see how these funds are handled and how many people and groups it reaches and helps.