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Hi I'm Eric

Grew up in Indiana, member of church 2 years, madly in love with my wife, am a father to be. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Eric. I'm a fly fisherman, a Navy veteran, and a Mormon. A few years ago, I was living a happy bachelor's life, and fishing whenever I had the opportunity. I loved spending time with good friends, eating good food, and hanging out with my Bernese Mountain dog, Ilsa. I had never met a Mormon, and didn't know much about them. In fact, the only thing I thought I knew about Mormons turned out to be wrong. It has been amazing to see the changes that have happened in my life since I became a member of the church two years ago. I was a happy, successful professional before I joined the church, but my life is so much richer and fuller now. Since joining the church, I met my eternal companion, Camille; we have been married for a year in a half, and we are eagerly anticipating the birth of our first child early next year.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the Church. I was baptized on March 7, 2009. I was not looking for a church the first time I went. As a person who wants to try and understand other people, I went to learn about something I was unfamiliar with. The Spirit that I felt the first time I stayed for the entire church service was amazing. I had briefly felt it while attending other Christian denominations, but never for 3 hours. Although I felt the Spirit immediately, it still took me 4 years to become a member. It took me that long, because I wanted to be sure the church was true. I wasn't willing to give up what I thought was a great life for something unless I knew, with my whole heart and soul, that it was true. Through personal prayer, scripture study, and patient missionaries I came to gain a testimony of the love that Christ has for me, the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, and the doctrine that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches. I know that this is the true church, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that the Church is organized the same way that Christ organized His Church in His day. I know that we have a living prophet here on earth today who is able to receive revelation for the members of the Church and help give us direction in these times of uncertainty.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to live my life as close to Christ's life as I'm able. I do this through daily personal prayer and scripture study so that I can have a personal relationship with Heavenly Father. I try to give service to those in need whenever I am prompted by the Spirit. I am trying to love all of God's children as much as He does, even when they are bad drivers. I'm always open to discuss my faith and give my testimony of the truthfulness of His church. I no longer drink alcohol, tea, or coffee, smoke cigars, watch R rated movies, or swear like a sailor. I choose not to do these things, not because the church is restrictive and tells me I can't, but because I know this is what Heavenly Father expects. I have the choice every single day to do any of the above things and understand that Heavenly Father has given me my free agency to choose if I do or don't do those things. I am ultimately accountable for the choices I make.