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Hi I'm Eric

I'm a father. I'm a scholar of China. I'm always trying. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For work, I research of China's science and technology development and recent progress. When not at work, I'm splitting my time between spending time with my wife and three daughters and serving as bishop of my local LDS ward. I love traveling and seeing new places, especially if there is a good history to be told (it's best to keep me away from museums). I've lived in Illinois, Kentucky, Utah, South Carolina, Texas, Taiwan, Utah (again), China and California, and I love the beauty that is each of them.

Why I am a Mormon

I have felt the confirmation of the Holy Ghost as I have prayed to know the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and whether Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. Also, as I follow the teachings of the Church (the teachings of Christ), I feel good inside. In other words, I feel a confirmation of its truthfulness almost every day as I live my faith. I can also say that many of the happiest people I know and the most upstanding people I know are members of this Church. There is something extra about members of this Church that I don't find other places. Knowing these things has been the greatest blessing of my life. They make me want to be better. Because I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, as I make mistakes, I know what I need to do to correct them. Because I know that the Book of Mormon is true, along with other scriptures such as the Bible, I know where I can turn to when I need help or direction. And as I have done so, I have found the help and direction I need. All of these things come together to help explain not only why I became a Mormon, but also why I continue to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I'm still perfecting this one. I try to do good, love others, and serve where I can. There are a multitude of opportunities each week. As bishop of my ward, I do my best to lead as the Savior would. I look to him for guidance and direction in my daily decisions. As a father, I do the same. I try to exercise faith as I teach my daughters Christlike principles that will draw them closer to God. I strive to bring a spirit of love, service, and fun to my home.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

In the simplest terms, Mormons donate 10% of their income to their Church because we believe it is a commandment of God. In fact, it has been a commandment of God ever since Old Testament times. Like all commandments of God, however, we are promised great blessings because of it. Sometimes it is hard. Right now I am in grad school, trying to support both my wife and I by student loans. But, as one early Mormon pioneer once said, "I can't afford not to pay tithing." I know that God blesses us as we keep his commandments, and if we put our faith in him and follow it up with hard work of our own, we will be blessed with the things we need. I know that I have always been blessed with the things I need. Show more Show less