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Hi I'm Eric Jorgensen

I'm a Husband, a dad, a computer programmer, and a Mormon!

About Me

I am a husband, a busy dad with six kids and a software developer. In my free time I write video games, take pictures, produce videos, and read all kinds of books. I also like to cook and bake, sing, draw, play ultimate frisbee, write, and take cat naps.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I put my religion to the test and Holy Spirit guided me down this path. I was born into a Mormon family, but after going to college I realized that the faith I had borrowed from others was not enough to answer the questions that I encountered out on my own. I eventually lost my belief in God entirely, but a good friend helped me to see at least that there are some answers that will never be found the conventional scientific way. I made a decision that I would conduct an experiment on my faith- I would adhere to my Father's religion as closely as I could for a period of time, and honestly try to live it in every way. I told God, "If I don't get any answers from the spirit, then I'm done and I'll go believe something else." The next few years were challenging, but the spirit came to me again and again, confirming more strongly each time that the path I had taken was a true and correct path. Those revelations from the Holy Ghost have continued to grow every day through my life even until this point. Living the gospel has opened my heart to the grace of Christ and I have felt the "mighty change of heart" described in the scriptures. Today I have no doubt whatsoever that I am following the Lord Jesus Christ in His appointed way. I have devoted all of my life and energy into His work and it has been the most beautiful and fulfilling journey of my life.

How I live my faith

I love serving in my church. I currently serve as an early morning seminary teacher, working with a group of high school sophomores at 6:00 in the morning! It is a very challenging task, but I enjoy it because opportunities like this are what help me grow closer to Jesus Christ. His Holy Spirit constantly guides me and directs me in my work and I see it touching people and making a difference in their lives. I have had some profound and close experiences with God and with other people as a result of my church involvement. My faith is not a Sunday-only experience. I begin and end every day with a personal talk with God and I spend time reading and pondering the holy words in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. With my family, I read scriptures, sing songs, and talk about the doctrines of the Lord Jesus Christ because things things bring us happiness and arm us against worldly philosophies that seek to exploit people and make them miserable. The gospel teaches my family how to take part in the world and contribute to it; it enhances everything that we do. Living the gospel makes me a better employee, a better husband and a better dad. It gives meaning to all aspects of my life.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Eric Jorgensen
Joseph Smith was a prophet who lived in the early 1800's in North America. As a young man, he had a vision of God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. This was the first of many revelations in which he was taught the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fulness. Through Joseph, Jesus Christ restored the same church that He set up two thousand years ago. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Eric Jorgensen
In the church, the members are responsible for everything. Every member of a congregation recieves a "calling" or a responsibility. Callings are fun, challenging, and always bring spiritual growth. They help me to live my religion on a daily basis. They give me a chance to be part of the Lord's Kingdom here on the Earth and that is very rewarding. Being a member is also a very serious commitment. We don't take discipleship lightly and we try to make it a part of our daily living. Sometimes this makes us stand out. I like this because it gives me a chance to talk about what I believe and answer questions. I also like it because it provides a moral compass in this world where it can be hard to know what is right. Show more Show less

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

Eric Jorgensen
Our spirits are eternal and will live forever. After we die, our spirits go to a temporary place called the "spirit world." Depending on wether we chose good or evil, the spirit world can be a paradise or a prison. At an appointed time, everyone who has died will be resurrected. This means that all of us (even the wicked) will receive our body again, but this time it will not ever die. Paul taught the corinthians that in the resurrection, there are different glories or degrees - comparable to the stars, the moon, and the sun. The glory we receive after the resurrection will depend on how diligently we tried to follow Jesus Christ. The most glorious thing to know about life after death is that there is a plan for families to remain together after this life. It is possible for a marriage to be forever, and not "til death do you part." Those special bonds of family are glorious and are meant to be Eternal. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Eric Jorgensen
God does most of his work through his children. The priesthood is a sacred trust given to people to do the will of God here on the earth. Any man who desires the priesthood may have it if he lives by the teachings of Jesus Christ. He must receive it by the laying on of hands from someone else who holds the priesthood. A man who receives the priesthood promises to devote his life to living the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ and to assist in His work. A priesthood holder is primarily a servant who seeks the guidance of the Holy Ghost to know who to serve and how to serve them. Although it is only men who hold the priesthood; men and women are equally entitled to the blessings of the priesthood. These blessings include baptism, the gift of the holy ghost, celestial marriage, spiritual healing, and many more. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Eric Jorgensen
Mormons believe that the bible is the word of God. Some people believe that the Bible is the only holy book that God has cause to be written. Mormons believe that God has inspired many prophets to write down His word, not just the prophets in the Bible. The King James version of the bible is part of our Holy canon of scriptures in addition to the Book of Mormon and other books. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Eric Jorgensen
Mormon services are wonderful and anyone can come and see any time! The main church meeting is simple and reverent. There are a few songs, and opening and closing prayer, the Lord's supper is given, and there are a few short messages. The service lasts a little more than one hour. Afterwards, there are sunday school meetings where we get together and talk about how to apply the gospel of Jesus Christ in our life. On the first Sunday of each month, instead of prepared messages, there is an "open mike" when anyone may come up and briefly talk about the truths they feel like sharing as they are inspired by the Holy Spirit. Some other things you might notice when visiting: - There is no "preacher". Our wards have a leader called out of the congregation called a "bishop", but his job is not to preach to us every Sunday. The job of preaching falls on the members. You will hear ordinary people talking about the gospel of Jesus Christ and what they have learned by living it. I love this part about my church. - The interior of the building and the chapel is very plain, without much decoration. The music is also beautiful and simple. This is to help keep the focus on the messages and the Holy Spirit. - The atmosphere can sometimes be a little noisy! There are little children in the church services as well as grown ups who are very happy to see each other, so sometimes we talk a little too much. However, when the sacrament of the Lord's supper happens, it always gets very quiet. - Everyone will be very happy and eager to show you around and answer your questions, though some of us are a bit shy to say the first "hello". Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Eric Jorgensen
Families are essential to accomplish God's work of "bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." The role of husband and wife are holy and divine. They are responsibilities that have been given to us as gifts from God. These roles are distinct and different, however they are equal. The husband and wife have the primary duty of caring for each other, walking side by side in all things. Neither the husband nor the wife can enter into the Kingdom of God without their spouse. The wife has the honor and privilege of creating the mortal bodies for the children of our Heavenly Father. There is a unique and special bond between mother and child that makes it possible for the mother to nurture and teach the child in a way that will help them find Eternal Life. The husband has the honor and privilege to provide for the material needs of the family so that the mother may carry out her role in safety and peace. The Father shares everything he has with the family and holds little of it for himself. The Father also has the responsibility to lead the family in the worship of God, teach correct principles, and lead through gentleness, meekness, and pure love. 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 Jorgensen
There are no restrictions based on race or color. The requirement is simply that one is willing to share the burdens of others, comfort those in need of comfort, and do your best to keep the commandments of God. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Eric Jorgensen
This is a hotly debated question and ultimately depends on the meaning one assigns to the word "Christian". That said, Mormons believe we are Christian because: - We worship Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Savior of the world. - We believe that salvation comes only through the grace of Christ. - We try to follow all of Christ's teachings in all parts of our life, attempting to literally become like Him and share in His work. - We send special witnesses throughout the world to declare that Jesus Christ lives and that his gospel is the way to return to our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

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

Eric Jorgensen
The short answer is "The NorthEastern United States" But really, the Mormon Church began thousands of years ago in the garden of Eden where Adam was first taught the gospel. God is the "same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." (Heb 13:8) All of God's children from Adam until now have obtained salvation by following the same gospel of Jesus Christ. In the early 1800's in when the young man Joseph Smith was being taught the gospel by heavenly messengers, he was simply learning the same truths that have been taught over and over again through the history of the world. God has called prophets throughout history for this purpose: to reveal the gospel in it's purity. Show more Show less

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

Eric Jorgensen
Yes! Marriages and families can be forever. This belief helps guide me in many of my daily choices. Most of the things we do on earth are of a short duration, and are not very important. Our families are eternal, and nuturing our family is one of the most wonderful and glorious things we can accomplish. Show more Show less