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Hi I'm Erick

I'm a medical student. I'm powered by nature. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a happily married guy going to medical school. Helping people out in the community, in the hospital, and through medical research makes me happy. I love almost anything that has to do with the outdoors. 

Why I am a Mormon

My reasons for being a Mormon are always changing, and that's a good thing. No singular event serves as the basis of my faith. Rather, my faith in the gospel has been gradually built on a few profound, and many simple, spiritual experiences. Through study, thought, and prayer, I discover new reasons to believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that the ultimate purpose of Christ’s teaching is to perfect us. While I realize that I still have a very long way to go, this spiritual growth brings me closer to my Heavenly Father and makes me a better person.

How I live my faith

Well, I mostly live my faith by living my life. My faith is my life. It's woven into everything I do and every choice I make. Whether I’m prioritizing my many obligations or interacting with strangers, the gospel is my guide.

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

God loves us and wants us to be healthy and happy. This is why, in 1833, God gave a "health code" to our church's founder, Joseph Smith. In the revelation, God said that in order to be healthy church members should not use tobacco, drink alcohol, coffee, or tea. Additionally, the revelation said that we should base our diets on grains, vegetables, and fruits, eating meat only sparingly. The more I study medicine, the more amazed I am at the wisdom and love of Heavenly Father in giving us this code. It has taken medical science over a century to catch up! The link between smoking and cancer wasn't established until the 1950's. The link between poor diet and disease came even later. Even today the three leading causes of preventable death in the United States are tobacco use, poor diet, and alcohol! I'm grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who gave me the knowledge of how to keep my body healthy. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

It's great! One of the wonderful things about being a member of the church is knowing that no matter where you are, you're among friends at church. There is a special bond between members, and that love is readily felt when I attend church. Much more important than friendships, however, is the strong sense of purpose that my church membership gives to my life. Knowing who I am, and why I am here on this earth, adds a depth and a richness to my life experiences that I couldn't get any other way. Show more Show less