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Hi I'm Eric

I grew up in a small town in Wyoming. I love my family, my country and my church. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just got back from a two year mission in Fresno, California. It was an incredible time. I'll soon be attending school in Utah to become a dentist. I love music of all kinds, which includes playing the piano and electric bass. I love to snowboard, water ski and just be outdoors. 

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and grew up going to church, etc. I love what I've learned growing up and choose to still be a Mormon because I know it is the path that God has prepared for all of us to find peace and happiness. I'm grateful I was blessed to be born with a knowlege of the truth. I don't rely on my parents beliefs anymore, because I have personally searched out the truth. My answer came, not as one big fantastic event, but as the result of many subtle experiences throughout my life so far. I have read the Book of Mormon and know it, as well as the Bible, is the word of God. I have prayed and asked my Heavenly Father if this is the path for me. I have felt His love and appreciation as I have tried my best to live the way I am taught in the church. I know there is a prophet on the earth today who God speaks to just as He did to Moses in the Old Testament. I know Jesus Christ is my personal Savior who loves me, knows me personally, and will help me to be the best person I can. I know this is His church, which is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As a missionary I got the opportunity to spend all day, every day serving the Lord and His children in California. I'm very grateful for that chance and got to see God's hand work in people's lives first-hand. Now that I'm back from California, it's my duty and joy to continue to stand as a witness of Jesus Christ. I hope that in the way I live my life and in the words I say to others, they can see that I love my Savior and have been greatly blessed for trying to live the way He wants me to. I know that the commandments God gives us are for our benefit. Sometimes we don't understand why God asks us to do certain things, but as we obey He blesses us. I choose to live God's commandments as I learn them from the scriptures and from the words of God's modern prophet. The Lord asks us to love and serve others. "As I have loved you, love one another." I try my best to be helpful to others and serve without thought of reward or recognition. The church provides us with wonderful opportunities to provide many different kinds of service and we feel the love of the Lord as we do. I know God blesses us as we do our best to follow Him. I also know He is forgiving, and always willing to accept us as we try to change our lives to be in line with what He asks. 

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

I love being outdoors and seeing the wonders of the natural world. While on my mission in central California I had the great opportunity to visit Yosemite National Park. One look at the awe-inspiring valley strengthened my faith in an all-powerful Creator. In the Book of Mormon, an ancient prophet named Alma said, "All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." (Alma 30:44, page 283) I know that is true. On a more personal level, I have seen the hand of God in my own life. I have seen miracles, happenings whose only explanation is the intervention of God. I have felt an overpowering feeling of love come upon me in times of personal trial or sadness. I know God lives. I know He loves each of us, for we are His children. He is anxious to help us. We need to reach out to Him, seek Him in prayer and through the scriptures. I know He will make Himself known to anyone who truly seeks Him. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jesus told the apostles, "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." (Matthew 28:19) We believe that same commandment extends to everyone who knows that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. We also believe that there are many people who are kept from the truth because they don't know where to find it. So as missionaries we go out and actively proselyte to find those who are willing to listen to our message and try to find out if it's true. We don't expect people to simply take our word for it, we ask them to study it out, think about it, and ask their Heavenly Father if this message is true. Show more Show less