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Hi I'm Eric

I'm a disabled vet and work as a webmaster. I'm proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy reading, working with computers and spending time with my family. I also have been blessed to travel to a lot of different places, try many new things and have met lots of wonderful people.  One of the best things I like about meeting new people is discovering things I have in common with them.

Why I am a Mormon

 Although I was raised in a Mormon family, my spiritual journey has taken many years, with many setbacks as I struggled to know the truth for myself. When I have humbled myself so that I could learn from my mistakes rather than repeat them, I have experienced happiness through faith in Jesus Christ and the miracle of forgiveness. By being a Mormon, going to church and doing the things that help me to feel the Holy Spirit, I have experienced greater peace and my understanding of life and how I should behave have grown. As I learn to trust in my Heavenly Father, I find peace and comfort, and I value these feelings. I know that Heavenly Father loves all of his children with a perfect love, and that belonging to His church helps me to feel His love as I try to do what is right. 

How I live my faith

I live my faith, trying to do what I believe would please my Heavenly Father, even in my routine day-to-day activities and interactions. Though these efforts are small, things like saying daily prayers and reading scriptures with my children help me to develop righteous habits and avoid mistakes like losing my temper or being mean-spirited. I still forget and make mistakes, but with effort has come progress. I believe that how I treat other people is important. Since Heavenly Father is all-powerful, He doesn't need anything from me, but has asked that I look for ways to I can help others. I believe this is how I show my love for my Heavenly Father. I like volunteering, particularly at a nearby computer recycling center or at my kids' school. This has let me make friends with a lot of different people I might not seem to have much in common with, and it has taught me a lot. It has helped me to appreciate that Heavenly Father loves all of His children perfectly, and wants all of us to be happy. 

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

All young men are commanded to serve a mission when they are 19 years old. Though I was a member when I was 19, I had made some bad choices, and the decision was made to not send me on a mission. At the time, my feelings were hurt, but I later came to realize why these bad choices would have made it very difficult to try and serve my Heavenly Father as a missionary as a result. However, the Lord still allowed me to serve honorably in the military, and that experience provided me with many excellent experiences, some good friends and training that I've never forgotten. Having not served a mission at 19 makes me so much more appreciative for those who do make correct choices and serve in this way, but I am not regretful for myself. I am grateful that my church leaders did what was right, even though it wasn't easy for me to accept back then. That won't have been my only chance to serve, though, because I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve a worthy mission together with my wife once my children are grown.  Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

I believe that paying a tenth of my income to the church is an eternal principle. By paying tithing, I'm demonstrating my faith in Heavenly Father in a very real way. Everything I have came from Him, so how hard is it to willingly sacrifice a fraction of the money I get? It's a pretty small way to show my gratitude for everything He has given me. Sure, money seems important, especially when it's in short supply, but by paying a tenth of what I get to the Lord, I can prove that He is a higher priority in my life. I am grateful for the chance to give tithing to my Heavenly Father, who needs nothing from me but allows me this opportunity to contribute to His kingdom upon the earth. I have never regretted paying my tithing. Show more Show less