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Hi I'm Erik

I am a statistician working with other scientists to improve the prognosis for cancer patients. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I love living in different cities and states but I love my family more, so I am stuck in California. I have lived in California, Washington, Montana, Utah, Michigan, Ohio, and the Czech Republic. I would like to live in the Southern United States or perhaps the East Coast of the United States but my growing family needs stability. Instead I fulfill my need for change by playing creatively with my three children. They have inherited my annoying habit of changing the rules of traditional games to make them more interesting. I am a statistician and work with other scientists to improve the prognosis for cancer patients. Statistics is not boring! It is a tool to gain new insights about this amazing world. There is nothing more exciting than understanding a new principle that could improve the lives of millions of people. And yes a statistician can be creative. I love sports. Well I love following sports- my playing days are mostly in the past. Football is my favorite but I will follow all major sporting events.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to kind parents who loved me and taught me to have faith in Jesus Christ. They also taught me that Jesus Christ restored his church through the prophet Joseph Smith. My dad died when I was 7 years old. Before dying my dad lay in a coma for several days. During his coma I prayed with great faith that he would be healed. He was not. My childlike faith was shaken. When I turned 8 years old, I chose to be baptized and become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After the baptism I felt a tremendous spirit of peace and love. Heavenly Father was pleased with me and he let me know it. As a teenager, my faith was tested. I prayed to know whether the Book of Mormon was the word of God and whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was Christ's true church. A still small voice reminded me to "remember how I felt at your baptism". I am a Mormon because God wants me to be. He has told me this through his quiet voice, the voice of the Holy Ghost. He has comforted me through the trials of life. He has let me know that I am part of a wonderful family, a family that can be eternal. My dad died when I was 7 years old, but through the power and ordinances of God he will always be my father.

How I live my faith

The most important thing that I do to live my faith is to teach by word and example my children. My chidren of course are wonderful and talented. What they are best at though is identifying hypocrisy in their dad. How I have learned to repent as their father! Our family tries to pray and read the scriptures together every day. We have made an effort recently to honor the Sabbath Day. I stopped watching sports on Sunday (I wish the best sporting events could be on a different day). We spend more time together as a family. It is difficult to honor the Sabbath Day with our hectic, modern world, but we have faith that God will honor us as we honor the Sabbath Day.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Each member of the Mormon church has a responsibility to "succor the weak" and "strengthen the feeble knees". Each member has a personal ministry. If we live worthy and keep God's commandments the Holy Ghost will guide each member to fulfill their ministry. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

It doesn't really matter if a group claims that Mormons are not Christian. What matters is what Jesus Christ will say. It is clear from Jesus' teaching that he will judge each on an individual level. Jesus taught that "not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of the Father which is in heaven". I strive and pray to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Despite these efforts, I fall short daily. In this life, I cannot imagine ever being truly worthy of being called by the name of Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the grace of Jesus, which he so generously offers me. I have learned of this grace in the scriptures. I have learned of this grace from listening to the words of a Living Prophet, Thomas S. Monson. Through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance, I have felt this grace in my own life. If I live a life of faith, repentance, and diligence in keeping the commandments of God, Jesus Christ will in his grace and mercy call me by the noble title, Christian. Show more Show less