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Hi I'm Erik

Grew up in California, lived in states around the country & abroad. I enjoy learning & have travelled extensively & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the LDS church in California, and at 18 I moved to Connecticut to pursue college and play baseball while I was there. I experienced an awakening where I recognized no one was compelling me to live in a particular way and I was free to do whatever I wanted. Over time I recognized how important it was to find out what was really true in this world. I never felt deceived by my parents growing up but I don't think I ever took the time to find out for myself if what they were teaching was true and I just supported that they wanted me to be a good person. In quiet moments I pondered on the existence of God and if He were there how much I desired to know Him, and the path that He would want me to follow. I began to be fixated on the things I was taught as a child and how I wanted to know for sure if they were true because if they were I would be willing to follow, and if they were not I need to know what to do instead. I didn't see a pillar of light nor did I have the visitation of heavenly beings in the flesh, but I've felt the presence of God in my life beyond what the five senses can display. It still took me a while to change, but I finished college and later on chose to serve a mission at the age of 24. Before and since my mission I have been able to travel to 49 states, 13 countries, and was blessed to be able to live in Australia for a season. The world is so vast and diverse but the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ are for everyone.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church and was baptized when I was eight years old. I struggled with desire to follow counsel from Church leaders when I was younger and was disinterested in becoming who people thought I should become. I chose to go to college rather than serve a mission and the time away from my family allowed me to search, ponder, and pray on my own rather than be influenced to do so from Church leaders, parents, friends, etc. It was then I was able to receive a witness that the Book of Mormon was true, that Joseph Smith saw what he said he saw, and that everything I was taught while growing up was indeed true. These witnesses along with the testimony that Jesus Christ lives, loves me, and guides this church through a living prophet are the reasons I choose to be a Mormon. 

How I live my faith

I know I am far from perfect and I will never in this life be perfect but I know that Jesus Christ will sustain me in my weakness, take away my sins and bring me to a level far higher than I can achieve on my own merits alone. I live with gratitude because I know He has given me everything and my life is in His hands. 

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

As a missionary we are to teach faith and repentance in the Savior Jesus Christ. We teach that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in its fulness through a prophet called of God. We teach the five elements of this gospel are faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism for the remission of sins, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. We teach the importance of the family as the central unit of God's purposes and about the Plan of Salvation or in other words the path that God would have us follow to return and live with Him. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

We as Latter-Day Saints believe that man must be called of God by prophecy and by the laying on of hands by those who hold the authority to do so. We believe that since the world was there have been prophets - messengers called of God to be servants for Him. The priesthood authority is given to man to act in behalf of God on earth to do His will. The authority or priesthood is what a prophet holds and it was lost from the earth after Jesus Christ and His twelve apostles were killed. We believe the priesthood was restored to the earth by heavenly messengers who, through the laying on of hands, bestowed the authority to Joseph Smith. Since that time there has been a prophet on the earth and the prophet who holds the same authority as Moses, Noah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, or any other is Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less