Hi I'm Eric Sheets
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.