What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Eric

I'm a Mormon with a passion and penchant for truth and a determination to know it.

About Me

I joined the church in Louisiana in the 80's and served a mission in Italy soon thereafter. Later I married in the Los Angeles temple and have 4 children, the youngest of which is now a teenager. I have worked for the federal government as a contract specialist, auditor and program manager and I have over 10 years as an IT professional. I have a degree in Biology and find many aspects of the field challenging. I also enjoy singing, music, chess, camping, domesticated animals, entomology, science fiction and intriguing challenges. I also relax by 'gaming'. I enjoy WoW in the Saints and Angels guild in Tanaris and I've also played many standalone games such as Xenosaga and Final Fantasy on various consoles over the years in my spare time.

Why I am a Mormon

I was once a devout member of another faith but I wanted to be a member of the Lord's true church - wherever that might be, I wanted to know that the course I was pursuing was the Lord's will and I believed it was possible to achieve this in this life and in my youth. Not knowing who had the truth, I searched for it, realizing that the New Testament accurately described many of the offices and callings of the church anciently but that there was no church I was aware of that had apostles, prophets, seventies, etc. I came to realize that the Church of Jesus Christ had to have these hallmarks: the Lord's church anciently, had these officers -see Eph 4:5, 11-15, Act 1:2,26 - who received revelation via the Holy Ghost or from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and that this had to be the case today! The church which claimed to be His had to conform to the pattern and principles described in the New Testament and Old Testament -see 1 Cor 12:29, 2 Cor 12:2, Acts 11:27, Matt 17:1-11 and John 17:11, 21-22. I was very skeptical that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the Lord's church because of what the world, in general, said about it but I knew God existed as I had felt the exceeding great and indescribable joy of His forgiveness when I had asked for it after having been ‘changed in the inner man’, being born again. Yet, I could not deny the unusual and awesome feelings I had never before felt and for which I was not prepared when the Holy Ghost bore witness to me as the missionaries taught me: I felt feelings that what they were saying was true and my heart burned within me. Nonetheless, not knowing it was true, I broke it off and actively sought knowledge from God - needing to know for myself as I did not want to be deceived and trust men who could be confused or deceived. It was the single most important decision of my life, upon which would hang, eternal consequences. I received the answer many months later where the knowledge was given to me along with other heavenly manifestations I cannot deny without risking condemnation from God. James 1:5 was true and our Heavenly Father answers our heartfelt, faithful prayers. Notwithstanding having been biased, I had to choose my newly received knowledge over the painful and unpleasant humiliation and embarrassment that would await as a result of the decision I knew I must make to continue to be happy and in the good graces of God.

How I live my faith

Everyday is filled with our own personal choices which are always seen by us and the angels who are charged to watch over us. Those choices may not be seen by others but they strengthen or weaken us nonetheless. I try to make the right choices and avoid temptation by staying away from that which I know will lead the wrong way. I have learned through the course of my life what my weaknesses are and I try to avoid them and help others when the opportunities present themselves. I also try not to offend by speech and watch the language I use as I am often exceedingly plain. Doing the above is, for me, a full time job in and of itself!

Are Mormons Christians?

Eric
Yes. Belief in Christ and His doctrines are certainly a prerequisite to calling oneself Christian but I believe many who wish to claim we aren't are not humbly and prayerfully considering the words of Jesus and James carefully. Jesus said in Matt. 7: 21 - "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" and James clarified it even more by elaborating on the concepts that Paul so passionately argued in Romans by saying: "Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only." -James 2:18 - 26 Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Eric
It is exceedingly difficult to have a cult of millions of people spread out all over the world! Evenso, all members of the church make the choice to honor their baptismal covenants, to attend or not attend church and their other meetings. No one is forced! I think the cult stigma was propagated by those who were desperate to find a way to discourage others from considering the truth and claims of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and to explain the exceeding devotion of church members to the cause of Zion or the pure in heart! Show more Show less