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Hi I'm Eric

I am a husband, a father, a grandfather. I'm a lifelong member of this church.

About Me

I am a descendant of Europeans who emigrated to the U.S. as early converts to Mormonism. Born 80 years later, I was raised in a home where learning was important and doing was expected. Today, I have my own family. They know the value of hard work, clean living, and the pursuit of happiness. I like a day of projects in the shop. I appreciate a good horse and time in the saddle. I salute our men and women in uniform. I enjoy old pictures and stories from my genealogy. I've lived in the U.S., Central America, and Africa.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many members of the Church, I was baptized at age 8. For us this is the scriptural age of accountability, when a child truly knows right from wrong and can be responsible for his actions. I learned about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the simple teachings and faithful example of my mother, just as Helaman's sons did (see Book of Mormon, Alma 56:44-48). Rather than a single day of dawning, true conversion to the fulness of the gospel for me has come through seeing it in action over a lifetime. Yes, my religious heritage is strong from forefathers who were converts. But I have reached a point of personal faith and understanding which sustain my own convictions that this is truly the latter-day work and glory of the Lord, "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." Knowing that to be true, I am content with the eternal prospects for my family while we continue to work and learn, search and pray, and repent and improve.

How I live my faith

As in many religions, ours is a church of service. I come from a line of early Latter-day Saints who gave their entire lives to serving the Lord in nurturing their families and friends, and as prominent leaders in their communities. Mormons work hard to meet the needs of their own families to remain self-reliant. We combine this with serving and helping others. Early in life I tagged along with my mother to homes, hospitals, and care centers as she brought food, clothing, and love to those in need. In the light of her example, I have chopped firewood for a widow, fixed a computer for an elderly lady, and repaired an irrigation system for a neighbor. These are small things, but Mormons enjoy seeing the need and coming to the rescue. The Lord has always blessed us beyond the simple service we give to others. I have learned that King Benjamin spoke wisely: "And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God" (see Book of Mormon, Mosiah 2:17).