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Hi I'm Eric

I grew up in a small town in Southern Utah, USA. I love my family. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I love my family. Growing up in a family of 9 children was the foundation of learning how important families are. My wonderful wife and children are the reason for so much of what I do in this life. I am the father of biological and foster kids. Our 4 biological children are such a wonderful blessing in our lives. We decided to foster because of some very strong feelings that it was the right thing to do. We have adopted one and have a current placement that we love to death! My professional life has been diverse. I graduated from Southern Utah University with a Technology Education degree. We struck out to Colorado where I taught for 3 years at Cedaredge High School. During that time, we also designed, built, and lived in our own home. That was a tough year of teaching and building! When we decided to move back closer to family, I got a job as a production supervisor in a window factory. This lead to a training opportunity and a supervisory position on the loading dock. After that, I was offered a job at L-3 Communications where I have worked as a trainer, continuous process improvement specialist, and a business analyst. I love to ride my bicycles. Mountain and road cycling both hold a great hold on much of my spare time. The rest seems to be consumed in do it yourself projects. The latest is getting electrical power out to the garage. I love life!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a faithful family to parents who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They taught me of their ways and took me to church. I love to look back on my childhood years and appreciate the great foundation I was provided. My teenage years are to blame for my continued participation in this church. Like many of us, this was a time when I questioned teachings and tried things out for myself. I had some life-changing experiences that led to my making commitments to live a clean life and be the best that I can be. I started from that time to read the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures with earnest desire to learn. During my study of the New Testament, I remember gaining a sure witness that Jesus Christ truly did pay the price for our sins and mistakes. He is the Redeemer and Savior of mankind. I know this with every feeling in my heart and am so grateful for it. I also came to understand that His full teachings and gospel are available through the restoration of His church. I made the decision to serve a two year mission. I spent these years in Australia. What a wonderful period of growth and learning! My understanding deepened and broadened a little at a time, and I developed many great friendships. Most of all, I found a joy in living the gospel and decided to be a committed faithful member of the church, and to strive to live all the commandments for the rest of my life. I know that Christ lives. He speaks to man in our day through a living prophet. I feel His love, and know that He is a personal Savior. I know this because my life has been guided so many times. He seeks to bless His children. I am a Mormon because of these wonderful feelings bless my life each day.

How I live my faith

Living the gospel of Jesus Christ is a continuous and engaging effort. Most of the time in spend in outward expressions of faith takes place at home with my family. We spend time each day praying, reading scriptures, and eating meals together. I try to take many opportunities to teach principles of Christlike living to my kids. Being a lay ministry church, I have had many opportunities to serve in various capacities. My current assignment is with the young men age 12-13. I train the young men to work together in an organized way to help one another (and others that do not attend) to come to Christ. Through their leadership efforts, they are prepared to become fathers, adult leaders, missionaries, and productive members of society. It is very gratifying to see their growth. At work, I try to be a great employee. I look for ways to best utilize my time and be friendly and caring. I share my best ideas and try in every way to aid the success of my employer. Another goal I have is to be an influence for good in the workplace. I try to keep a positive attitude and lift those around me. In these ways, I try to show my faith in my works. At least once a month, I visit three or four families in the area to provide a spiritual message and any other support I can. Recently, I was privileged to help a single lady fix her fence that had blown down in a wind storm as part of this responsibility. On Wednesday nights, I spend a couple of hours with the youth--mainly doing Boy Scout related work on merit badges, rank advancements, and leadership training. Once a month we go for an overnight campout where this work continues. I really love spending this time especially since my oldest son is one of the scouts in the troop.