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Hi I'm Eric

I was a college student searching for God's Truth. I found it in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I was born Iowa, USA, but grew up in Missouri as a Protestant Christian. I've always loved my Heavenly Father, and tried to do His will. My interests include reading, writing, traveling, music, and art. In my second year of attending a university in Missouri, at the age of nineteen, I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after much studying and prayer, and reading much of the Book of Mormon. I was the first and am currently the only member of my family to do so. From 2011-2013 I was a full-time missionary for the Church in Piura, Peru, and when I returned I married the love of my life in the Kansas City Missouri Temple. Being a Latter-day Saint has been a huge blessing in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

First and foremost, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because the Holy Ghost gave me, and continues to give me, a powerful testimony that this Church is indeed what it claims to be—the Gospel of Jesus Christ restored again to the earth, complete with prophets and apostles with the authority to speak on behalf of the Lord. But I was not always a member of this Church, so how did I come to obtain this testimony? I was raised with a good Protestant Christian upbringing, by wonderful and loving parents. I was grateful for the faith and good principles this upbringing taught me. But when I left home to attend college in Kansas City, MO, I faced a predicament peculiar to Protestantism--which church to join? I began my search, experimenting with a few campus groups, but didn't find anything that caught my eye. At this time, though, I began dating a girl who literally had a light upon her countenance. She was a Latter-day Saint. I soon began diligently investigating her faith, reading everything I could get my hands, for or against the Church. Most importantly, I was reading the Book of Mormon. Eventually, while reading the Book of Mormon, I had a powerful experience where I finally admitted to Heavenly Father the truth I perceived in the book. I looked up toward heaven and said, "It's true, Father, isn't it?" Immediately, the Holy Ghost filled me with a burning that felt like pure light and which completely changed my world view, to the point where I could no longer understand how I hadn't believed it before. Of course, I knew I had to get baptized. When I told my old Mormon friend from high school, he of course was ecstatic. I had him baptize me and give me the gift of the Holy Ghost, and I've loved being a part of the Savior's Restored Church ever since. Being a Mormon has been such a source of joy and blessings that I cannot even imagine how my life would be if I still wasn't one.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by following the teachings and example of my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, to the best of my ability. I try to live righteously by obeying Heavenly Father's commandments, and in return He blesses me. I am not without my own shortcomings, but when I do obey His commandments, I feel great, knowing that I may more worthily take upon me the name of Jesus Christ. Heavenly Father's will and commandments have been made known to us in modern times through his latter-day prophets and apostles, and through the scriptures. One of the things that helps me most in living my faith is praying and reading the scriptures daily. I strive to be ready, worthy, and willing to serve in whatever work the Lord has for me to do. There is much work to be done in Christ's Church, which is the way I believe it should be. Going to church once a week is only a part of my faith. As I participate in this work and in my daily life, I try to remember Doctrine & Covenants 4:6, which tells me to "remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, and diligence." I have come to know that He blesses those who serve Him with a willing heart. I am grateful for the chance to serve.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Eric
Authority to officiate in Christ's Church has often been ignored throughout the ages. The members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, however, understand the importance of authority within the Church. We believe Christ when He said, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you" John 1516, and also "as my Father hath sent me, even so I send you... Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained" John 2021&23. We believe one cannot declare that one has authority to baptize, or to perform any other sacred ordinance. One must be called of God, by those with proper priesthood authority, by the laying on of hands. This priesthood authority ultimately leads back in a line of succession to Christ himself. Show more Show less