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Hi I'm Eric

I'm a dad.

About Me

I like to spend time with my wife and kids, read, run trails, camp out, and spend a lazy day at home once in awhile. By necessity though, most of my waking hours are spent at work, so finding balance in my life is an ongoing topic of concern to me--but I'm glad for what I have in my life and feel very, very blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm not much one for labels but I have chosen to be a member of this church--The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--because it teaches a life path that I feel God wants me and all of us to follow. It shows me the way he wants me to live, which is to have a life of service, giving, love, kindness, goodness, work and experience--all of which teach me the lessons he wants me to learn and helps me do the things and play the role in life that he wants me to perform. What is that you might ask? Well in short it's to be part of His larger mission along with all who will participate with him to bring his children--our brothers and sisters--together in love and back to Him. That's the thought behind things for me, but I suppose what really keeps me tuned in and excited and perhaps better answers the question of "Why I am a Mormon" is that I just feel in my heart so complete and full and an on-going, overwhelmingly good feeling that this is where I need to be and what I need to be part of. It's home, and not just mine but everyone's, if they can just let go of things that really don't amount to much worthwhile in the whole scheme of life--i.e. such as those that money can buy... and buy and buy... but really not satisfy. So that's probably really the best answer, i.e. that I feel squarely home, watched over and where God wants me to be to teach me, to help me and to help me and my family with answers to life's questions. Sorry, I didn't think that would be so long :).

How I live my faith

Devotion, family, service and love are central to my life and to our faith. Every person is a son or daughter of God to be watched over, loved and helped. In living my faith I try to do things to be part of that help. And by enjoying the privilege of helping God in that larger work that I talked about above--I can't help but feel closer to Him in the process. The church really provides some great avenues and opportunities for being part of this effort. For example over the last few years I've had the chance to work with the youth in our local congregation, specifically as Scout Master (Boy Scouts) to a group of 12-13 year old boys. Prior to that I was scout leader to the 14-15 year old age group. The Boy Scouts of America scene is pretty involved so I won't go into detail about it here (see www.scouting.org), but suffice it to say that it is a great vehicle for helping boys become prepared, faithful, strong, young men with positive values and eye toward the future. I also have an on-going assignment to visit several families in our congregation each month to check in with them, catch-up, see if there's anything they need, deliver a short devotional-type message, etc. My family is also the recipient of these types of visits. There are many other opportunities to help and serve--and be helped and served--as need and occasions arise.