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Hi I'm Erik

I'm a Mormon whose childhood was a nomadic one, but not a military one. Oddly, I still love traveling.

About Me

I'm a father of three teenagers. I've been married 24 years. My education consists of some general college and some specific college, an electrical apprenticeship. I'm currently a teacher of health and wellness using essential oils. I love reading the word of God, hanging with the family, eating jalapeno peppers, studying Aikido, running, and baking.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young child, my mom would read from the bible at bedtime. I loved those stories. I found when I returned to those stories years later that they were true, that God did exist and He knows of and cares for me. LDS Missionaries found my single mom when my brothers and I were ages 8-12. We were baptized, then didn't go to church again for a long while. When I was a sophomore in high school, a church leaders son invited my brothers and I to play softball on the church team, and we've been active ever since. As I continued to study the scriptures, my heart and eyes were opened more and more. I finally took the challenge to find out for myself, to ask God if the Book of Mormon was true, if Joseph Smith was visited as he said he was and if he was indeed a prophet of God. The feelings of warmth and peace overcame and overwhelmed me. I cannot deny, but do testify that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. He obeyed our Father in heaven and was instrumental in bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ back to this earth. The book of Mormon is so amazing, because like the bible, it was inspired by God. The writers testify of Gods love for us, the divine life and mission of Jesus Christ, and what we all can do to secure peace in this life. I testify that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and it came from God.

How I live my faith

I live my faith with assurances in my heart, hands that help, and humor. I have ups and downs day to day like everyone. I get distracted by work and life, forget appointments, run late to gatherings...when I feel like kicking myself, I get a warm smile, or an understanding handshake. The feelings of love and acceptance I get from those who desire to live as Christ did, inspire me to give others that same love and acceptance. Once a month at church I teach a mens group, and sometimes fill in to teach other classes too.