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Hi I'm Eric Sheets

I'm a husband, father of 3 and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a wonderful wife that I've been married to for over 22 years now, more than half o my life. I also have 3 great kids, two daughters and a son. I enjoy spending time with my family and shuttling everybody to their activities. I grew up in West Virginia until I left for the US Air Force. I had the great opportunity to put my training to work when I served as part of Operation Desert Shield/Storm in Saudi Arabia. I've worked several jobs since the military that has given me several opportunities to travel a lot in the US and around the world. I am currently a Product Manager in the telecommunications industry. I am an Eagle Scout and I'm still involved with scouting. I enjoy the outdoors and helping young men learn responsibility and having fun!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a 4th generation Mormon from West Virginia. Growing up I had a father that was not active with the church but my mother was active and always took me to church and weekly activities. I'm not sure I had a strong testimony growing up and I never had a problem with going to church. Once I entered the US Air Force I realized that I didn't have to go to church if I didn't want to, and I would occasionally take a lazy day and not go. This all changed when I went on my first permanent assignment to Korea. There were many other members of the church that were there without their families, so they spent a lot of time with each other and they quickly pulled me into their circle. I had read the scriptures as a teenager, but I guess I never really prayed to know if they were true. I began to do this and quickly came to the realization that all of this was true. We have a Father in Heaven who loves us all equally. Jesus Christ came to earth and later died that we may all return to live with him again! Joseph Smith restored the church to the earth and translated the Book of Mormon. This is a continual process. I learn new things each day that helps me to further realize the greatness of the plan of happiness. I know that we are let by a living prophet today. In a nutshell... I'm Mormon because I know that this church is true. It's great to be a Mormon!

How I live my faith

Nobody is perfect, especially me, but my trying each day to remember what the Savior did for me it gives me motivation and strength to try harder to follow the commandments. It starts with the decision to want to live righteously. As trials or temptations are placed before me I remember that I want to be a better person and keep the covenants that I have made. What I've heard so many times in my life, and now as I reflect on it, the basic principles are what makes it easiest. Pray, personally and with my family. Read the scriptures, personally and with my family. Being and example and bearing my testimony to others also brings me closer.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Eric Sheets
Most Definitely. Though we have the Book of Mormon, which many believe is our Bible, we also know the Holy Bible to be the word of God. We specifically use the King James Version of the Bible. The Book of Mormon is another testament that works hand in hand with the Bible. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Eric Sheets
We attend church services on Sunday in what we call a 3 hour block. It starts with a Sacrament meeting. This is where we sing hymns, listen to talks (sermons) that are prepared by members of the congregation on various gospel topics, but most importantly we partake of the Sacrament, just as Jesus Christ taught us when he was upon the earth. Once a month we have a special Fast & Testimony meeting where members of the congregation are provided time to come to the pulpit and bear their testimony of the gospel. This will usually last about 70 minutes. After this the Sunday School portion of the meeting begins. There is an adult meeting, a different meeting for teenagers according to their age and the younger children attend what we call Primary. Throughout the entire church the curriculum is the same. For instance, during 2011 we are all learning about the New Testament. If I were to travel to another state or even country I will still be in line with the lessons that I'm learning at home. Following Sunday School is additional classes for the Women and Men. The adult women will go to Relief Society, the Young Women will also have their own lessons, the adult men and young men will attend Priesthood meetings. These lessons will differ from Sunday School a bit as they are geared towards helping us to be better people and understand the responsibilities that we have as Husbands, Wives, Sons, Daughters, Friends, etc. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Eric Sheets
No we don't. We look at people from all creeds, races, religions, etc as children of God. Anytime there is some kind of disaster or great need, you will usually find members of the church out there donating their time to help. The church organization as a whole donates much needed supplies around the world in time of need. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Eric Sheets
Absolutely. The term Mormon is a nickname that was given to us. The name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. How can you call a church by the name of Jesus Christ without being Christian? We believe in the Holy Bible, which teaches of Christ. We also believe in the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Eric Sheets
Most certainly. This doctrine really sets us apart from all other churches. This is one of the primary purposes for our Temples that are around the world. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Eric Sheets
The first thing is to talk to actual Mormons. Don't always believe what those outside of the church tell you about what we believe. Talk to the Missionaries and listen to what they have to say. The most important thing you can do is ponder it in your heart and pray to your Heavenly Father to know for yourself. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Eric Sheets
No they are not, but it is strongly encouraged. I made the decision in my life to enter the military instead. This decision caused me a lot of personal anguish in my life. Though I know the Lord has forgiven me for this decision, there are not many days that go by that I don't wish I could go back and do it differently. Show more Show less