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Hi I'm Eric K. Johnson

I am a divorce and family lawyer in Utah, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My grandpa was a renaissance man. As a child I was amazed and impressed that he could answer any question on any subject. I wanted to know all the answers too, so I don't know if I am curious because I want knowledge or whether I soak up information because I am curious. Regardless, this life is fascinating, warts and all. My main interests are reading and looking at beautiful cars. I became a divorce lawyer because I want to ensure people are treated fairly in divorce. Fairness and the Golden Rule drive me. Wanting what's right is easier said than done. I struggle with getting along with others who disagree with me.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons) knows who Our Father and Jesus Christ are because they have revealed that knowledge to a living prophet. So it knows and teaches the purpose of life and how to live a life that is truly worthwhile and happy. Once I understood and believed that, I knew the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and His church to be true. I have to work at being a committed and humble disciple to remember this, but that is its own reward. I read recently, "Christians are supposed to live by a list of rules. Few are willing to yield that much control over their lives to anyone. Most do not like many of the rules. In fact, honest Christians will admit that they do not like some of them either."  That's true, but that's the test of faith defined. I am a Mormon because I choose to surrender my will to God's, and I know this is what He wants all of his children to do so that they can be like him and his Son. I do not have all the answers, and I don't expect I ever will, but the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ leads me to truth and right, even when that truth isn't what I expected or necessarily wanted. It's liberating.

How I live my faith

Do what is right and let the consequence follow. Although I am a divorce lawyer, divorce breaks my heart. Families are precious, precious things. So if there's a silver lining to what I do, it's that it reminds me to value my family and obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My mother said and lived by "family first," and she's right. Having a family can sometimes be a financial and emotional struggle, but so is anything of real worth. If parents don't teach their children what they need to know and be, someone else will be happy to fill that void. So my wife and I try to be a good example and teach our children to live the gospel because we love them and want them to be good and to be happy people.

What is faith?

Eric K. Johnson
John Chapter 6, verse 29, answers this question concisely for me. "29. Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." Believing on Jesus Christ--loving him and following him--is the work of God. Having faith is work, and a godly work. Faith is hard work, but the ultimate rewarding work. See for yourself. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Eric K. Johnson
The purpose of the welfare services of the Mormon Church is help us meet our basic physical needs (with an emphasis on helping us meet our own needs, not become reliant on others for what we should do for ourselves), so that we aren't so consumed with worry over food, clothing and shelter that we find it hard to work out our salvation. Charity is not an end in itself, but a means of touching our spirits with the love of God and inspiring us to seek Him out. Don't get me wrong; a meal, a coat, and a shoulder to cry on have their own intrinsic value to the recipient and the giver alike. The greater, lasting, highest value of welfare services, however, lies in their helping us to recognize God as the ultimate source of all blessings, both earthly and heavenly, to learn to give as God gives and to receive His blessings with the kind of thanks that inspires us to be better people. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Eric K. Johnson
Because they have been taught that Mormons believe weird and evil things. We don't believe evil things, but many of our beliefs do appear strange at first blush. Another book of scripture? Living prophets like those in Biblical times? Temples? Special underwear? The Book of Mormon is another book of scripture, like the Bible. It is not a "Mormon bible." Mormons--myself included--depend on the Bible (we use the KJV) to help them learn the gospel and answer their questions about God's will and the mission of Jesus Christ. While some faiths reject the idea that prophets like those in the Bible no longer live today, Mormons rejoice in knowing that God still reveals his will to his children today, just as he did in the times of Moses and King David. What's weirder to you?; believing God stopped revealing himself 2,000 years ago or that he continues to do so for his children today? Lots of faiths, not just Mormons, build temples. Only members of the church who meet requirements can worship in the temple because it is a holy place. But before the temples are dedicated to the Lord, the public can tour a temple and see inside and learn how temples function. Some Christians sometimes wear a cross around their necks to remember the Lord. Jewish men wear yarmulkes. Mormons who have participated in saving ordinances of the temple wear a garment under their clothes to remind them daily of their covenants they make with God to obey His commandments and live the Gospel faithfully. Show more Show less