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Hi I'm Eric.

I grew up in the beautiful Bear Lake Valley of Idaho. I'm a college kid. Favorite hobbies? Eating and Smiling!

About Me

I'm living the high of college life! I lived in New Jersey, mostly in the bigger cities, for 2 years as a full-time missionary. It was the greatest experience ever. I'm an extremely happy guy; life's just good. I absolutely love culture, especially Latino culture, and trying new and exotic foods. I'm obsessed with the outdoors, hiking, fishing, camping, and especially exploring. Reading and playing the piano are my favorite hobbies. I can't remember who put it this succinctly, "A room without books is like a body without a soul." Of course, I love sports too. Is there a greater sport than basketball? Mabye, but I don't think so! I grew up with some struggles and challenges at home and spent the majority of my childhood away from my parents and brothers. I was raised by my grandparents and kind of struggled as a teenager in high school to identify with other kids that seemed to have an "ideal" home environment. Believing in Christ has helped me enjoy the sunshine on even the rainiest of days.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know who I am, where I came from, and what I have the potential to become. The Book of Mormon points me to the secret to success and lasting happiness-- the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Never have I been happier! Never have I experienced more joy that what I feel now! The Gospel is so simple, and being a part of the Mormon Church is so wide and expansive. This is not just another church; it's not an American church. It's the everlasting gospel, the plan of salvation that was revealed to Adam and on down the ages and that has now been restored in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is true. It is real. It is beautiful. Why am I a Mormon? Because it makes me happy.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite things about living my faith is a little institution called home teaching. It basically consists of two guys being assigned to help and support certain families in the congregation. I started home teaching when I was fourteen. I remember the feelings of going to an older widow's home and seeing her radiant smile. I remember what it felt like to remind her that God loves her and that we care about and love her. I remember visiting a kid a little younger in me with a broken home whose family didn't go to church. I remember how I felt after these visits. It was a warm, calm feeling. It was a feeling of peace and love. I was happy! I now recognize that the feeling I was having came from the Holy Ghost, God's Spirit. Now I'm in college, and I'm still a home teacher! I will be until the day I die. Except this time it's a little different. My companion is a college guy as well and the people we visit tell us a out the stresses of dating, final exams, homesickness, and heartache. Yet the remedy for their challenges is the same--faith in Jesus Christ. Another way I've lived my faith in the past is by getting involved in what's called the young men's organization. From ages 12-18 boys are lovingly schooled to become disciples of Jesus Christ. Probably my favorite experience was to go into the outdoors, sit around a campfire, have oodels of fun, and feel the warmth of a Gospel message. I remember when I was still in High School I would hear my friends express their feelings about Jesus Christ and the importance of personal purity. I would hear my leaders talk in admiration about their wives and children. Another thing I loved about the youth program is that we were able to interact with the young women in the coolest and funnest ways! There was a youth dance every month. There was no sleazy or cheap music or dance moves, just 100% clean fun. I was taught by the examples of the girls; women are precious to God.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Eric.
I consider the Book of Mormon to be like unto the parable of Jesus Christ, when he told of a rich man that found a pearl of great price and sold all that he had to obtain it. The Book of Mormon is a treasure it is priceless! It's the word of God, written in ancient america thousands of years ago by prophets of God. They saw us in vision, and wrote it for us! My personal favorite part of the book is when the Son of God, Jesus Christ, comes to America and lets the ancient inhabitants feel the wounds in his hands and sides. It was translated by a modern prophet, Joseph Smith, by the power of God. It's an evidence that God is not dead, that he speaks, not spoke. It proves to the world that he's the same yesterday, today, and forever. The Book of Mormon is the only book on the planet that I know of the Jesus Christ himself has borne testimony to be true! It has a promise that all of us can know for ourselves of it's truthfulness if we read it, ponder it, and ask God with sincerity and faith in Christ if it's true. I've done it! I've gotten the answer. How amazing is it to know something directly from God, an eternal source. I am a Christian. Christ is everything to me, and I came to know Christ through the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less