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Hi I'm Erik

I'm a husband, father, teacher, pool guy, Arizona native and an Ironman. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to the most amazing woman in the world. She inspires me to be the best I can be. I am a father of six wonderful children. They bring my wife and me so much joy. I love spending time with them, and wish I had more time! I graduated from Arizona State University (Go Devils!) with a B.S. and M.S. in Human Nutrition, and also received a graduate certificate in Gerontology. I have always had a passion for health, exercise and wellness. In May 2010, I participated and finished my first Ironman Triathlon. It was an amazing, challenging and rewarding experience. I always told myself I couldn't do something like that, because I couldn't swim and "big guys don't run". The bike ride made the other two tolerable! When you put your mind to do something, your body will respond. With the inspiration and support of my family, with help from God and a lot of hard work, I know I can do hard things. I am now a three-time Ironman finisher!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because of how I feel when I live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel brings me joy, peace and satisfaction. I am so grateful for the life and teachings of Our Savior. He is the way, the truth and the life. I was born and raised in the Church, and am grateful for parents who lived and taught me the Gospel. But I had to find out for myself. The thing that helped me more than any other, was a sincere personal study of the Book of Mormon to know if it was true. To this day, each time I read the Book of Mormon, those feelings of testimony are renewed, and I know that Jesus is the Christ, my Savior, and that His Gospel was restored again to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith.

How I live my faith

First things First. The first person I talk to is Heavenly Father, and the first thing I read is the scriptures, even if it is only one verse. With two jobs, a wife, six kids, serving in the church and exercise, life can get hectic! I've found that by putting the Lord first, everything else works out in my busy day. I currently serve as the Bishop of my ward. I wish everyone could be a bishop for a week--they would know how much Our Heavenly Father loves EVERY ONE of his children, and that this church is literally the Church of Jesus Christ. He leads it through the Holy Ghost, in spite of the imperfections of its leaders.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

When the Savior was on the earth, he linked our bodies to the temple when he said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up" (John 2:19). The Jews didn't understand what he meant, supposing he spoke of the building he had just cleansed, not "the temple of his body" (John 2:21). The apostle Paul built on this teaching when he testified, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16). Our body is the instrument of our Spirit. When we choose to care for it as we would a temple, we more readily receive personal revelation and spirituality. Personally, I've found that when I eat healthy and participate in regular exercise, I have greater mental clarity, more self-control with my thoughts, more power over temptation, and more drive to be my very best self. I am closer to God. Show more Show less