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Hi I'm Eric

I'm a Geospatial Technologist, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I like diversity in my day, so I'm a GIS consultant, an adjunct faculty member at BYU Idaho, a graduate student at Idaho State University, and a father of 4 kids. I enjoy geography, music (Jazz), 3d geomodeling, woodworking, outdoors, and cooking.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the simplicity of LDS doctrines. They are plain to understand and make sense. The Bible and Book of Mormon compliment each other and give me the assurance that Jesus Christ suffered for the sins of the world, and has made it possible for me to live with my family beyond this life. My family has been LDS for 8 generations and their ways and traditions have thankfully been handed down to me. But I am not only mormon because of my family, I'm a Mormon today because I have felt the Holy Spirit whisper to my heart on many occasions that the Lord leads this church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living one of its basic teachings - family history. I love family history research, and have had many opportunities to share some research skills I've picked up over the years. I also live my faith by standing firm on issues that the world might find unpopular. I do it because God's ways are not popular, and I get great satisfaction at the end of the day knowing I lived the way He wants me to.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Baptism provides accountable individuals the opportunity to make a covenant with the Lord to always remember him, keep his commandments, and he forgives, cleanses, and strengthens us. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Our physical bodies are gifts from God to allow us to gain real experience. Through our bodies we can experience learning, both through formal education, but also through hardships & joy, sickness & health, and the wonderful relationships that can exist between friends and family. All these experiences make us better, more intelligent, and enhance our character. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jesus Christ is the head of the church, and since the plain truths taught by Jesus have been changed and lost over the last 2000 years, the Lord caused them to be restored again. He did it through Joseph Smith Jr, a humble young boy, in the early 1800's. Joseph's youthful experiences as a prophet reminds me of Samuel from the Old Testament, who was also chosen by God at a young age. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Anyone who has read about the 'portable tabernacle' from the days of Moses in the Bible is already familiar with LDS temples. As in days of old, certain laws of purification must be met in order for people to enter the Lord's temple. Ensuring only those who are pure can enter temples allows God's spirit to reside there in a powerful way. Special ordinances occur in temples that bring God and His children closer together. In temples, covenants between God and His children are made and families are sealed together beyond this life. I love the temple for many reasons, including the ability to get away from the cares of life, feel close to God, and think about things of a more eternal nature. Show more Show less