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Hi I'm Eric

I'm in grad school. I have a wonderful wife and a beautiful daughter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband. My wife and I were married in college and got our best friends to marry each other too! I'm a dad. Our first little daughter was just born this year and for any guy who's wondering, changing diapers is really not that bad yet. I'm a student. I'm towards the end of my second year of grad school studying nonprofit management with only half a year to go and am really getting that itch to get out and get to work. I'm a music lover. Jazz to Indie and everything in between is what I enjoy... but only the good stuff. I'm a wanna-be film buff. There are a lot of movies not worth my attention, though, and so I usually stray away from the more easily-accessible Hollywood fare. I'm an amateur swimmer and runner only 1 half marathon under my belt and am maybe thinking about doing a mini-triathlon... just need the bike. I'm a reader, a film lover, a cook, and a musician, although I need some practice in some of these. I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon in part because of my parents and their example. They both grew up in protestant churches but were drawn to the church. When my mom was 14 she met a Mormon family and started to attend church. For a couple of years she would go to family home evening, an activity night with spiritual lessons along with fun and games. She got baptized and, even though her parents thought it was a phase, she has remained committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ ever since. My dad's sister joined the church in college and he also had friends that were members. He gained a testimony of the gospel by watching how they lived their lives and as he read the Book of Mormon. They were married in a temple, a holy place where families are sealed together for eternity. They taught my sisters and me the gospel and we had prayer, scripture study, and yes, families home evenings. While none of us was perfect, I felt a peace in our home and learned over time that it was because of the gospel. I prayed and lived the commandments and learned that it was true. While serving as a missionary in Mexico it was confirmed to me again and again that this is the one true and living church on the face of this earth. I saw the gospel change people's lives. Jesus Christ stands at the head of the church and guides us through a prophet today.

How I live my faith

Every day I make an effort to pray and read the scriptures, God's word to us on earth, on my own and with my wife. I plan on doing so with my kids as they grow up. Every Sunday we go to church and enjoy the friendship of others there. For the past year my wife and I worked in the nursery during church. We watched the children aged 18 months to 3-4 years old. While I was a little nervous at first at spending time with these young kids I quickly learned to love them -- and got pretty good and building towers with blocks too! We would teach them about Jesus and about loving their families and occasionally they would be able to repeat a word or two. We enjoyed teaching them and though at times we were pretty tired, it was lots of fun. I am a home teacher as well and visit a couple of families in our ward with my companion. We talk about their lives and try to do service for them when needed. On an everyday level I try to live the commandments by being kind and loving to my wife and daughter, working to the best of my ability, dedicating myself in school, and learning about new people.

Are Mormons Christians?

Mormons are unabashedly and proudly Christians. We believe Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. We know he still lives and guides the church today. By following all of his teachings, from the Old Testament as Jehovah, until the modern, we strive to be like Him.  Show more Show less