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Hi I'm Erik

I grew up in Bremerton, WA. I am a diabetic. I am a husband. I am an amateur photographer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the outdoors. I have always been drawn to it. I was a missionary in Washington DC. I worked with Hispanic immigrants. I loved it. I speak fluent spanish. I love to restore old ten speed bicycles. I am an avid thrift store shopper. I really enjoy finding old things and making them useful again. I enjoy film photography as well. I am learning a lot and I like experimenting with new techniques. I have played the drums for ten years as well. I really enjoy music. I have been married for a few months now as well. I love my wife, she means the world to me. We are both currently studying at BYU-Idaho. I plan to graduate with a degree in Communications and then I plan on going to law school to work in Immigration reform.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. I experienced it all. I was baptized at eight years old. I went to church every sunday. I participated in family prayers and scripture study. But that was the extent of my "faith". We are taught from a young age that we must do those things, pray, read, attend church. But I never internalized them. As I graduated from high school, I struggled with my convictions. Was I willing to live a life that I was unsure about? Was I willing to follow something I could not relate to? At around nineteen years old, I decided to find out for myself if this was the church for me, but not just that. I wanted to know if this was the true church. I studied, I searched, I pondered, I prayed. And I received an answer from the Holy Spirit, but not in the way I expected. I was waiting for an overwhelming feeling to come over me. But instead, I was brought to remember my youth. With countless experiences that made me feel good. That uplifted me, that strengthened me, that protected me. All of these situations were influenced by the things I had been taught. I had recently read the chapter in The Book of Mormon, in Moroni 7 where it speaks of the things of God influencing us to do good. My entire life I had been taught to do good. At that moment, I realized that I did have a testimony. I had been gaining it my entire life. I know that this is Christ church. I do not doubt that. Since that moment, I have had numerous powerful manifestations of that truth. I know it to be true. I just wish I had realized it sooner.

How I live my faith

I have served in numerous positions voluntarily throughout my life. I have tried to follow the example of the Savior in my efforts to love and give to others. I feel that one of the best things I can do to be more like him is to give of my time to help those in need. I served for two years as a missionary preaching his gospel. I grew a lot in that capacity. My understanding of his teachings were increased as I gave my heart, mind and soul to his work. Today I do my best to read my scriptures daily, strengthen my relationship with our Heavenly Father through prayer, and as I make Sabbath worship a priority. My wife and I work together to work towards our goal of becoming an eternal family.