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Hi I'm Eric

I like to read, I like to sing and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a mom and a dad. I'm the oldest of three children, which I'm told is small by Mormon standards. It's certainly smaller than the family I will have! I enjoy reading books. Mostly, I enjoy reading informational books, but I have gotten interested in science fiction/fantasy ever since the third Harry Potter book came out. I have always been excited about public transport systems, and libraries, and silly little things like that. I guess it means I'm normal.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormon, and I followed in their steps when I was a child. When I grew older, I needed to discover for myself if I wanted to continue in the faith of my fathers. Being a member of this church is not easy, and I needed to be sure I was in the right church before I continued on. I followed the direction of James "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God". I prayed and asked God. My answer was almost a whisper "You know it is true". I did already know it was true. Growing up, I had seen so much good in the church. At some level, I knew that something couldn't be that good and be bad. Yet, I had doubts and I asked because of them. The answer I recieved was tailor-fit to me. It reminded me of my past conviction, and of my parent's faith. Because of the answer I recieved, I was able to continue on, and as I have continued to serve in the church, my conviction and faith has grown. Now, I do not want to be anything but a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The church gives you many oppurtunities to serve others. I have taken advantage of them when I can. As a young man, I was called and served as a leader over other young men in my age group. Ever since I was 14, I went with my dad to visit member families once a month to teach them the gospel and to look after them. When I was 19, I started my two-year mission for the church. The church is very family-oriented. My family was close. Not to say we didn't fight, but we have always remained close friends. We have also kept track of and cared for extended family members. Many times, my family would visit my Great-Grandmothers to talk with them and cheer them up. One time, we took time out of a vacation to Disneyland to visit a Great Aunt of mine who had reciently discovered she had leukemia. In fact, the point of most of our vacations would be to visit family members.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Eric
Yes! A million times yes! Is that not amazing? God has again given us a man on earth to represent Him. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Eric
Sacred tithing funds are collected by the local Bishop the leader of the congregation, and sent securely to Church Headquarters in Salt Lake. The money is allotted out to pay for construction and maintenance of church buildings, construction and maintenance of temples, printing of hymnbooks, Sunday School manuals, and scriptures, and other things essential to keeping the church running smoothly. None is given as payment to the local leaders, who serve on a volunteer basis. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Eric
Baptism is such an essential part of our progression back to our Heavenly Father that not expecting it of every member would be a disservice to the members. Those who do not recieve baptism would be stopped and unable to continue to progress. Baptism is so wonderful, being cleansed from sin and promising God that you will do your best to follow His Commandments, and so important I cannot understand why anyone would not desire to be baptized. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Eric
A ward is the congregation that meets together every Sunday. It consists of all the members in a certain geographical area. It can be around 300 persons to possibly 600, but if it every gets too big it will be split in two. This is to keep a sense of closeness among ward members, and to allow everyone to help and sustain others. It is presided over by a Bishop who is called from among the members and is unpaid. In areas where there are not enough members for a ward, a branch is created. It is smaller than a ward and does not have a Bishop. Depending on the needs of the members, it may have all other organizations that a ward does, just on a smaller scale. A stake is a group of wards and branches presided over by a president. Stakes are the unit of organization between the local congregations and the worldwide church. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Eric
In my opinion, women are more important to the church than the men. It is true that the leadership of the church is mostly men, but I believe that a man cannot function in this church without a strong, faithful wife to support him. As far as what Mormon women are like, they are very virtuous and modest, hold themselves and any potential husbands to high standards, most want families raised in the church, and they are beautiful. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Eric
What greater joy could you find than extending the blessings of the Atonement to deceased family members? That is why we perform proxy baptisms to extend the wonderful blessings of the Atonement that we have experienced to our ancestors. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Eric
No. However, I can see no good reason why anyone, Mormon or not, wouldn't want to serve a mission. Some are not able for medical reasons, but the Church is now providing more oppurtunities for them to serve in valuable capacities answering phones or chatting about the gospel on the Internet. What an oppurtunity it is too! Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Eric
The truthfulness of the gospel message we bring. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Eric
The Mormon Church's stance on government is always that it should protect the rights of the individuals and families. It encourages its members to be involved in government and especially, vote, however, it does not encourage members to follow a particular party. If it ever encourages a certain stance on a political issue, it is always on moral and not political grounds, to protect the rights of the individual and families. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Eric
The origin of the Church and the Book of Mormon. Invitations to come to church, read the Book of Mormon, and coming closer to Jesus Christ by being baptized by one holding the proper power of God. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Eric
Mormons are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe we are the only church on the Earth today that is led by Jesus Christ himself. In that sense, Mormons are Christians if they follow the religion they are part of for that religion is following Christ. I personally have seen amazing dedication to Jesus Christ and His gospel in members of this Church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Eric
Your purpose and my purpose is to return to our Heavenly Father a little more like Him than we started. We came here to recieve a physical body, and if you are reading this, you probably have one. Check. We came here to gain the experience to learn that evil is bad for us and good is good for us. In other words, we need to learn to choose the good over the evil. When we learn that stealing will make us feel guilty and choose not to steal, we are fulfilling our purpose on earth. Learning to choose the good over the evil will cause us to be more like our Heavenly Father, who always chooses good over evil. If we can return to Him having a firm desire to do good and all desire to do evil rid, we will fulfill our purpose. I wish to live up to that, and I hope you can too. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Eric
Not just reading, but studying the scriptures and applying what you learn will bring you closer to God and make you happier than you have ever been. When you read the scriptures, you are closer to the Holy Spirit, and God can speak to you through that Spirit. God may also give you answers to questions you have through the scriptures themselves. No matter what, you will be happier when you read the scriptures. Show more Show less

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

Eric
I see the entire universe as profound evidence of the existence of God. Such wonderful poetry that exists in the world cannot, I believe, have appeared by chance. The amazing multitude of foods that we can eat, from all over the world, couldn't have all come by chance. To see the stars, all of those wonderful stars, makes me think God created them. And there are so many wonderful analogies in nature, to apply to our life. That was what made Jesus such a great Teacher, is that He could take the every-day occurences and teach a spiritual lesson from them. You can find a spiritual lesson in anything! All things testify of Christ. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Eric
Most male members will wear a white shirt and tie with dress slacks and perhaps even a suit coat. Female members will wear dresses or skirts. Even the little kids will dress up for Church, and if they are too little to dress up themselves, their parents will dress them up. Of course, some may show up in different dress, but all will come in their best for God. We celebrate all sorts of holidays! Mormons probably make a bigger deal of some holidays than most people. We have food and entertainment. Most Mormons also celebrate Pioneer Day, which comerates the completion of the Mormon pioneers first trek across the plains. Since that is part of the history of the Church, it is even celebrated in areas unconnected with pioneers as part of our cultural heritage. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Eric
We could get nowhere without the wonderful Atonement that Jesus Christ did for us. Without that, we would be without hope, without any options. Jesus Christ's supreme gift to us helped us to have the option of choosing Him. That is the grace of Jesus. We wouldn't have had an option, but would've suffered on the Earth, and then suffered in Hell for all eternity without Him. Because of the Atonement, we now have the option to choose Him and His gospel through our day-to-day actions. These may be termed "works". As we choose Him by following His teachings, we improve ourselves and learn to be better people. But it will never be enough to be perfect, which is needed to get to Heaven where God our Father is. So, Jesus Christ has provided a Way for us to follow Him the best we can, and one day He will make us perfect. And that is the grace of Jesus. Show more Show less