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Hi I'm Eric

I'm a wildland firefighter, med school student, and former cross-country cyclist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 26-year-old medical school student who loves to have fun and work hard. My wife and I live in the Northeast, where we love exploring, camping, cycling, and getting to know people. Before coming to medical school, I loved me work as a wildland firefighter and EMT, and one of the highlights of my life was a 4,000-mile cross-country charity bicycling trip a few years back.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a Mormon because of the perspective and knowledge that the restored gospel gives me. My continual peace of mind and the many blessings that I have in my life are why I continue to follow the gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to help others as much as I can. Every Sunday I teach a group of 8-10 year old boys from the scriptures, and my wife and I tutor at a local middle school during the week. I try to look for chances to help other people, even if it's just to help them have a better day, because that's the way Jesus acted.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Eric
There are a number of ordinances that everyone needs to participate in, things like the sacrament or baptism. While the sacrament and baptism take place in our regular church buildings, there are other sacred ordinances that take place in the temple. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Eric
Generally, Mormons live like any other Christians and good citizens. We don't smoke, drink, or have premarital sex, and we also avoid things like swearing and shopping or working on the Sabbath. My lifestyle is very similar to that of my good, Christian friends' lifestyles, both those that are Mormon and those that aren't. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Eric
In Matthew 16, Christ gave Peter authority and said, "Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven" (16:19), and we believe that this same authority was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. So if a family is bound or sealed with that authority on earth, and they live worthy of that blessing, they will also be bound or sealed in heaven. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Eric
No, we worship God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. In my eyes, Joseph Smith was a prophet who was called to restore the gospel, just as Moses was a prophet called to lead the people of Israel. I respect and honor both prophets, but I don't worship either. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Eric
Jesus Christ established His Church in Jerusalem 2000 years ago, but it was lost in the confusion that included the murder of His apostles after Christ's death and resurrection. That church was then restored through Joseph Smith, which officially took place in 1830. So, the Mormon Church began in Jerusalem in Christ's time, and was restored in New York in 1830. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Eric
We believe that all men will be resurrected, and we will all meet God again, to be judged. Those that kept the commandments will live happily with their families forever. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Eric
The Relief Society is the women's organization in the Mormon Church. They meet every Sunday (and about once a month during the week) to study and engage in activities to bring them closer to Christ. The Relief Society does a great job of helping people (both in and out of the Mormon Church) during important or difficult times, like with the birth of a child or a death in the family. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Eric
The Church welfare services are designed to help people in need, but more importantly to give them tools so they can be self-sufficient. The Church hosts workshops on finding jobs, building resumes, and so forth, to help everyone reach their potential. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Eric
Our faith should be in Jesus Christ, just like the Bible and the Book of Mormon teach us, because it is only through Him that we can be saved. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Eric
Just as in Biblical times, member of the Mormon Church pay tithing, which is 10%. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Eric
Nope! Everyone is invited and welcome! Only men receive the priesthood, though. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Eric
Mormons, like all other Christians, believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior and the Son of God. Remember that the full name of the Church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Eric
We believe that all men will be resurrected, and we will all meet God again, to be judged. Those that kept the commandments will live happily with their families forever. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Eric
Mormons is the nickname given to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, because to many people the most easily distinguishable trait about our church is our belief in the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Eric
There were people in the "Old World" before, during, and after Christ's coming, so God called prophets to communicate with them. Those prophets wrote down what God told them, and after a while someone compiled all those writings into the Bible. There were also people in the "New World" during that time, so God called prophets to communicate with them, too. Following the pattern, those prophets also wrote down the messages from God, and after a while someone (a prophet named Mormon) compiled all those writings into the Book of Mormon. This makes it clear why the general messages of the Gospel (Jesus Christ, faith, baptism, etc) are present in both the Bible and Book of Mormon. Although the specific problems each group was facing were different, the same Supreme Being was giving the message to both. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Eric
The way I see it, there are few things in life that I can have almost complete control over, and my body is one of those things. God created and gave my control over my body, so by respecting and caring for it, I show Him that I appreciate Him and this gift, and that I am a trustworthy steward. Show more Show less