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Hi I'm Erik

I joined the LDS church in 1992 at the age of 22. This was the best decision of my life as it has brought pure joy and happiness.

About Me

I am a husband and father of 7 wonderful children. I enjoy local and national politics and work as a policy coordinator for a non-profit national think tank. I love to watch college football and play golf - although not nearly enough time for either with a big family and all the activities we are involved in each week. In my spare time I work with a local Boy Scout troop and enjoy many outdoor activities. I also hold a commission in the US Navy as a reserve supply officer. Of all the things I am active in, my most precious memories are with my family. We love to laugh and play together. While things are not always perfect, we try to make the best of each day. As a father, I enjoy watching my kids grow and develop their talents. The gospel of Jesus Christ brings great joy into my life because through personal time in scripture study and talking with our Heavenly Father through prayer. I know that He loves me and knows me personally. Just like my earthly father, he wants to protect me in all that I do and because of this I strive to live worthy enough to return to be with Him and Jesus Christ after this life is over.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church at the age of 22. I was raised Catholic and this built a solid foundation to my testimony. When I was introduced to the church from a co-worker and met with the LDS Elders, I knew almost from the beginning that this gospel was exactly the truth I needed to fill the questions I had over the years. I had questions like why we are here, and what happens to us after we leave this earth. I was in awe as the Elder's unfolded unto me the plan of salvation and how I could be sealed to my family and ancestors. What a tremendous blessing this is to me and our family. My testimony seems to grow each day as I learn more about the gospel and raise our family.

How I live my faith

I am privileged to work with the young men in the church. I serve as an assistant scoutmaster. This provides an opportunity to watch and assist the future leaders not only in the church, but as they grow and become leaders in our community in the coming years.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

I believe that we are all responsible for our own selves and families... whether we are faced with a natural disaster or loss of employment, we should be prepared in all aspects of our lives. In our efforts to become self-reliant we gain self respect and security knowing we can protect ourselves and families in times of need. Show more Show less