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Hi I'm Eric Roach

I'm a newlywed, a full-time college student, an AFROTC cadet, a hard working, life loving, dedicated husband, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Eric, I have been married for five months now, and knowing that I have an eternal family now with my wonderful, sweet wife has brought me so much comfort and joy. I am a full time college student, so life can be pretty hectic and demanding; but I put the Lord first and I am able to find a balance, everything else just seems to fall into place. When I was 19 I was called to serve a mission in Italy where I was able to serve as a representative of Jesus Christ, make friends of the people I served, and even became acquainted with my beautiful wife. I teach Sunday school to 5 year old children, and it is amazing to see their potential to grasp the simple truths and concepts of the doctrines of the gospel. When the time comes for my wife and I to have children of our own we will do all that we can to teach them about God's Plan of happiness, and our anchor of hope which is in Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born to parents who were also raised as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there came a time in my teenage years when I desired to know for myself whether the things that my parents had been teaching me my whole life were true. I had no problems with the doctrine of the church or practices of the LDS religion, I just knew however that I could not rely on borrowed light forever and that eventually I would need to become self-reliant. I grew up reading the Book of Mormon with my family and I was as familiar with those stories as I was with those contained in the Bible. Thanks to my parents and Sunday school teachers, I knew that I was a child of God who loved me and cared about me, so I knew that I could communicate with him through prayer whenever there was something that was troubling me of if I had a question. So I took to reading the Book of Mormon with a purpose, to find out for myself if it was indeed the word of God revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith in the latter days. I began praying with real intent, and a desire in my heart to have those things made known unto me. And my answer did not come all at once or in a miraculous sort of way but rather little by little just as the sunrise gradually illuminates the eastern sky. With patience and persistence I came to know for myself that the things I had been taught all growing up were true and that God had indeed restored His church again on the earth, and that He reveals His word this day to us, his children through a living prophet. Now that I am married and have a family of my own, I find much peace in the Plan of Happiness, which is God's plan for each of us; He provided a Savior for us that we may repent and be forgiven of our sins, and that we will be able to return to their presence and dwell with them and all our loved ones and family members again.

How I live my faith

This is not a spectator religion. I have come to realize that the more anxiously involved I am, and the more I strive to be of service and do my part, the more joy I get out of life. I had a wonderful opportunity to serve a mission in Italy for two years searching for those with whom I could share my testimony of the Gospel of Christ as it has been restored. Since my missionary service I have held various callings within the church, teaching primary, participating on the Temple committee, and serving as a home teacher. I live my life in such a way so that others may see me as a disciple of Christ. I am not ashamed to say what I believe or share information about my faith. I try to live by the values and principles that Jesus taught. I try to live the Golden Rule, and seek to do good in all aspects of my life. I try to imagine that each thing that I do is for the Savior himself. I go to the Lord's Temple often with my wife to be reminded of the promises that I have made to my Heavenly Father. As I continually strive to broaden my understanding and deepen my knowledge, I feel guided by the Holy Ghost in the things that I should do.