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Hi I'm Eric J

I'm a father of four wonderful children, a war veteran, a linguist, a vocalist, a cook, a military instructor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wonderful wife and I were married in 1981. I was recently returned from my mission to Japan. We met because we share a love for music, and we were both members of the U of U Institute Choir. By 1984, I had realized that I needed to do something more to provide for my family. We had no children at that time, but we were trying. I got an offer from the Army; join up and learn another language, and thats what I did. After two years of training, during which we were finally blessed with two girls, we got our first assignment; Hawaii! That was a great assignment, and we were blessed to be there for 4 years. My oldest son was born there. After that slice of heaven, we had more challenges. I had two unaccompanied tours to Korea, with a short tour in California in between. In 1994, after 10 years of active duty, and the birht of our 4th child, I decided to leave active duty, but I found a full-time position with the Utah National Guard; another blessing. I served for another 11 years, during which I spent a year in Afghanistan, then I retired, taking a job as an instructor with the US Army Intelligence Center and School in Arizona. I am currently working as a government analyst.

Why I am a Mormon

I have learned how to rely on the Lord. Don't mistake this for weakness. I know, and have experienced that the Lord will let me know hardship and sorrow. He will let me make mistakes, and suffer the consequences. He will not make my decisions, even the hard ones, for me. But I also know from experience that, as often and as long as I am truly faithful, The Lord wil bless my life and the lives of my loved ones. I experienced the comfort and strength of the Lord even as I was being shot at or rocketed in Afghanistan, and I stand today as living evidence that the Lord hears prayers. I had many great friends during my time in the Army, but I saw in the lives of some of them the consequences of drinking, infidelity, and other life choices I have been counseled against since my youth. I saw broken marriages, fights, suicide attempts, and personal sorrow. It taught me how fundamentally true the principles of the Gospel are.

How I live my faith

I have been blessed to be able to serve in a number of positions in the Church. I currently serve as a counselor to our Bishop. The church has no professional clergy, and faithful members are called upon to shoulder the load, teaching classes, working with the youth, or leading music. An important aspect to the lives of LDS members is home teaching, which is basically an organized way of being a good neighbor. I check in with neighbor families on a regualr basis, making sure they have work, that they are getting along, that family memebers are healthy, and I help when and where I can. Perhaps most important is the effect that the Gospel has in my home. The Lord expects us to be faithful in all aspects of our role as parents. We need to be examples, to counsel with our kids as they face life's challenges, and to teach them the truth.

Are Mormons Christians?

Eric J
Absolutely! We recognize the central role that the Savior plays in our salvation; a role that nobody else could fill. Whenever we go to our Heavenly Father in prayer, we do it in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Whenever we participate in an ordinance, like baptism or blessing of the Sacrament, we do it in the name of the Savior. We do this because we know that, as Christ taught, no man can come unto the Father except through Him. I know that Jesus Christ was the one perfect being who had the power to lay down his life for all mankind, then take it up again, redeeming our sins, if we repent, and paving the way for us to have eternal life and exaltation. Show more Show less