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Hi I'm Eric.

I'm a student, a son, an uncle, a wannabe outdoorsman, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I studying hotel, resort, and hospitality management at Southern Utah University. I love the arts whether I am a performer or a patron. I love my family. I am the youngest of five children and I have been blessed with four stupendous nephews and three fabulous nieces. When my family gets together, we play word games like Scrabble and Boggle so we call ourselves "word nerds." I love the outdoors. Southern Utah is a great place to be because there are so many areas and parks that you can visit and commune in nature whether it be for a day hike or a week-long camp. I love gardening especially the harvest and enjoying the fruits and vegetables that are ripe to perfection. I love writing. I am the arts and entertainment editor at my university's newspaper and I enjoy the process of conceiving ideas, assigning out news stories, writing stories, editing, and layout. It's satisfying to see the finished product. I also blog: one for me and one for my university. I love reading great literature. I love learning new things. I love a lot. And that's good because all you need is love.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From a young age, I was taught the tenets of the Church and the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In my teenage years, I found out for myself through revelation from God that Jesus is the Christ, that The Book of Mormon is a true book of scripture, that Joseph Smith restored the fulness of the gospel to the earth, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's church, and that the Lord has a prophet on the earth today. When I found these things out, I was so happy and I had a burning desire to share all these great things with the world! I decided to submit an application to serve a voluntary two-year mission for the Church. I was called to serve in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. During those two years of serving the Lord and the people in the DC area, I came to know even more of those truths I had previously learned.

How I live my faith

Because I no longer wear a white shirt, tie, and name badge like it did when I was a full-time missionary, it might seem difficult to see how I live my faith because a lot of it is done in private. I pray to God in the name of Christ, I study the scriptures, I worship on the Sabbath, and I try my very best to follow the example of Jesus Christ. I also have a responsibility in my local young single adult (YSA) ward (congregation). I am currently the choir director. I am also assigned to a companion (named Michael) and we are given the charge to visit about 5 members of the ward on a (at least) monthly basis. During these visits, we share a spiritual message teaching from the scriptures and Church leaders, pray together, and offer other spiritual and temporal assistance.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Eric.
Churches, or meetinghouses, are found all over the world and are used for Sabbath worship where we sing, learn, and partake of the sacrament. Everyone, I repeat everyone, is welcome to join with us in our Sunday services. Temples are buildings set apart from the world where only worthy members of the church in good standing may enter to participate in sacred ordinances. Our Father in Heaven really wants everyone to worthily enter the temple; we just have to prepare first. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Eric.
Missionary service is done on a strictly volunteer basis and is not a commandment (meaning necessary to go to heaven), but young men are strongly encouraged to serve for 24 months. Women may also serve missions usually for 18 months. Married couples also serve 18 to 36 months, depending on their responsibility. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Eric.
You can talk to anyone about the Mormon (LDS) religion, but the information offered may not be 100% accurate. To ensure truth and accuracy, it is best to go to the source. The Church has official representatives (called missionaries) who volunteer their time, means, and energy to share information with interested persons. They are kind people who really want to share what they know. However, if meeting with a representative seems intimidating, I recommend attending a church service in your area and speaking with congregation members candidly. We, as members of the Church, love sharing what we know and we love answering your questions. Ways to find out how to meet with missionaries or find a local congregation are found under the "Visit Us" tab at the top of the page. Show more Show less