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Hi I'm Erik Midgley

I'm from SoCal, I'm a pilot, and now I am on a mission sharing the gospel with everyone in Georgia and Alabama!

About Me

I am 20 years old, and am serving on a mission for the church in Atlanta, Georgia. I am from San Diego, CA. I flew planes before I came out here, and love fast cars, airplanes, dirt bikes, Dumb and Dumber, Waynes World, Tommy Boy, and my family. I wouldn't trade them for any thing in the world! When I get back, I plan on finishing getting my pilot's license, and becoming a flight instructor, and also going to college to take classes to become an Aircraft Maintenance Technician, Avionics Maintenance Technician, and Airframe Maintenance Technician. I also had a job before I came on my mission at a hobby shop selling and working on radio control airplanes, cars, and helicopters. I have a huge passion more like obsession for anything that can fly, cars, my amazing, BIG family, and the Gospel. I don't know what I would do without it, and I can promise that my life would be totally different without the gospel. It has helped me so much in my life I don't want to imagine a life without it! I love being an example to my friends and family of being obedient and following the commandments. My little brothers mean a lot to me, and I am trying my hardest to set a good example for them, same for all of my MANY cousins who are younger than I am. The joy that you get from the gospel can not be duplicated by anything else it is a deep-rooted joy that fills the soul, and gives your life purpose and direction. It helps me get through the hard things in life because it helps me realize that this life is short compared to the grand scheme of things, and makes me ask why I would let something so stupid and trivial bother me. I wish that everyone I know could know at least how much I do about the gospel, because once you know these things, nothing will shake your testimony, and you will be able to make it through anything. I love my brothers and sisters, my parents, my nieces, cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents, friends, and especially, I love Jesus Christ and my father in heaven, and I KNOW that he loves me and everyone in this world more than any of us could even comprehend.  

Why I am a Mormon

I am mormon because I know that this is the true church, the same church that was established on earth when Jesus was here, and that we have the same priesthood authority on the earth that was used by Jesus Christ. I also know that we have a prophet on the earth, a prophet that had the same power and connection with God that Moses, Noah, and Adam did. It brings me never-ending happiness knowing where I came from, why i'm here, and where i'm going after this, and I love sharing that with everyone I meet.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by obeying every single one of God's commandments. The blessings are too amazing to ever not follow them, and you build that relationship up with God that will enable him to influence you to make the right decisions in your life when you don't know what to do.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Erik Midgley
We perform prozy baptisms in the temples because every child of God deserves the chance to be baptized into the true church. There are many people who never knew anything about church, Jesus Christ, heaven, hell, ect. It's not fair that they shouldn't get a chance to make it to the Celectial Kingdom and enjoy eternal life with heavenly father is it? In the life after this, there are missionaries, just like today on earth, and they do what we do. However, they can't baptize there, so we do it down here for people who have passed away, and they will have the choice to accept or reject the proxy baptism. We believe that every one of God's children should have a chance to have eternal life with heavenly father, and we are able to give them that opportunity because of temples. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Erik Midgley
The biggest reason why we don't put those things into our bodies is because God told us not to, but there are also temporal benefits, most of those substances are addictive, and are harmful to your body. Many people, when I tell them that I don't drink, smoke, drink coffee and tea, or do illegal drugs say that I am being tied down and restricted with these rules. But it is actually the opposite. Think of a kite. You are flying a kite, and it is really windy. What happens when you let it go? It falls to the ground. We are the kite, the string represents the commandments, and the wind is trials. If we were to break the commandments, we would plunge to the ground and be even deeper in our trails. The string (commandments) helps to not only stay up, but to fly higher, and we are able to ascend higher by keeping those commandments, and not be tied down by addictions, and to be happy and healthy. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Erik Midgley
The missionaries will talk to you about whatever you want to know. However, they usually start by sharing the message of the Restoration of the Restored Gospel, about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, and other things. They usually continue with what's called the Plan of Salvation, which answers the questions that most of us have; where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going after I die? This lesson will answer all of those questions, using scriptures from both the Bible (King James Version) and the Book of Mormon. You will learn a lot, and the missionaries LOVE it when you ask questions, so always feel free to ask away! You will have some assignments that they will ask you to complete before they come back, like reading a specific part in the Book of Mormon, reading one of the pamphlets, and so on. Studying the material before the next visit will greatly help you in the learning process and help you to know for yourself if it's true. You will also be asked to do something really important. You will be asked to pray to ask God if what we taught you is true, and if the Book of Mormon is true. This is how you will know if this is the true church of Jesus Christ and if you should be baptized. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Erik Midgley
In the church, we pay tithing, and that is what finances the operations of the church. We don't have a paid ministry; bishops, stake presidents, teachers, librarians, apostles, and even the missionaries aren't paid. The missionaries actually PAY for them to be able to and be a missionary for the church. The money from tithing is used to maintain/build meetinghouses, build/maintain temples, and to pay for the materials that the missionaries use, like the pamphlets, pass-along cards, Books of Mormon, and other things. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Erik Midgley
Unlike other churches, we don't have a paid ministry. All of the tithing money goes to building and maintaining churches and temples, paying for the materials that the missionaries give out to the people they teach, ie. Book of Mormon, pamphlets, cards, DVD's, ect., to fund education programs, and also to help those in need. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Erik Midgley
We believe in the Bible because, like the Book of Mormon, it is the word of God, given to us to help us know what to do in order to return to live with him someday. A saying that I like is "We talk to God by praying, God talks to us when we read the scriptures", scriptures being the Standard Works, ie. the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price, all of which are the word of God and of great importance to us in these latter days. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Erik Midgley
 Family is the center of everything we do in the church our whole objective is to do what it says in Proverbs 226, to raise our children and families in the gospel, teaching them to follow the commandments of God and always trying to do what is right. As we strengthen our testimonies in Christ, we draw closer as a family, and the home becomes a safe place where the family can be together in happiness, peace, and love. Through the restored priesthood, husband and wife can be sealed together, and to their children for time and all eternity. This blessing is made possible because of the love that our heavenly father has for us, and for us to be able to become like him. If we follow the commandments, and are sealed together as a family, even death won't separate is from our loved ones. Show more Show less