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Hi I'm Eric

I'm a college student, I have lived in 5 states, I love sports, and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of three kids. I have one brother and one sister. I grew up LDS and have lived in 5 states. I'm in college studying broadcasting. I LOVE horrible Scy Fy movies because they're funny. I love watching sports and playing them as well. I grew up around airports and love anything that flies, except pigeons, they're just dirty. I have played sports my entire life and currently announce High School football and basketball on TV. I announce women's college basketball on the radio and I'm a DJ at my college station which I also run.

Why I am a Mormon

A grew up LDS and some might think that means I have always known the church is true, but that is not the case. Just because you grow up in the church doesn't mean you are born with a testimony. As I grew up I could always feel that God and his Son Jesus Christ were real and they lived. My testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ came over time though. My testimony of the Church is built off my testimony of Christ and Heavenly Father. I know they live and we can pray to them and that's how my testimony grew. I prayed and I first learned Joseph Smith was a prophet. Next I read the Book of Mormon and new it was real. Slowly principle upon principle I God told me these things are true. I never saw God or Angels. I never had some big vision. I learned through the still small voice of the Holy Ghost that these things are true. I gained a testimony because I asked. It’s that simple. If you want to know and you are patient and sincere you will gain a testimony of the gospel. It won’t come over night, or all at once but slowly you will feel your testimony swelling inside of you.

How I live my faith

Growing up in 5 different states, Arizona, California, New York, New Mexico, and Utah, I have lived in several places that did not have a high number of LDS people. I have always tried to live my faith by showing you can have fun and enjoy life without all the things that the world says you need. I have always tried to show people that my testimony means a lot to me by doing what I know is right. It isn't easy but as I have made the right choices I have been given additional strength from God and more happiness in my life that only those who have experienced it can understand. I am by no means perfect and I make mistakes everyday. My Church never makes me feel like I need to be perfect, they instead incourage me with love to live the best I can to be like the Savior and if I mess up they assure me He is there to help me and make up the difference.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Eric
There is a lot of confusion out there on who Joseph Smith was and how we as Mormon’s view him. We believe that Joseph Smith was called to be a Prophet just like Moses, Abraham, John the Baptist and others. He was called to be an instrument in God’s hands so God could restore things to the earth that were lost like Priesthood, doctrines of baptism, the Holy Ghost, and other things. We reverence him as a chosen Prophet of God, but we worship Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Eric
Mormons do believe that a husband and wife and parents are children can be sealed together for time and all eternity and their relationships continue after this life. I am not married yet but the thought of being able to be sealed to the women I love brings me both comfort and a sense of responsibility. Comfort because I know that no matter what happens in this life, illness, unexpected death, anything, that when this life is over it is not the end. I can be with my children one day, I can hold hands with my wife and we can be together again. Eternal marriage also brings a sense of responsibility though. Responsibly to not rush into something, to seek the Lords council and guidance and to make the right choice when it comes to an eternal companion. If you are going to be with that person for every you better make sure they are the right one. Another thing that eternal marriage does is puts a desire for you to work on your marriage into the relationship. If you know you have promised and covenanted with God to help one another and to live together for ever you strive to strengthen your relationship and you look to fix it, not to run from it. You learn to look past a person's flaws and find the good in them. I am not married yet, but I look forward to the day I can take a woman I love to the temple and be sealed to her. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Eric
Other than the atonement of Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost is the greatest of all the gifts of God. The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead (God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost) and is sent to testify of God the Father, and his Son, Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost has several jobs. It testifies of Jesus Christ and God the Father, and leads us to all truth. It can protect us, and it also comforts us. The Holy Ghost is a blessing that one receives after they have been baptized by someone having authority from God and that same authority, The Priesthood, is used to give the gift of the Holy Ghost, and it truly is a gift. It has kept me safe by prompting me to avoid danger. It has testified to me of all truth, and it was comforted me when I have struggled or was scared or in pain. I am so grateful for the Holy Ghost and I strive to live daily to hear its still, small voice speaking to me and guiding my life! Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Eric
Faith is believing in things that we know are true but we cannot see. In the Church we believe that we have faith in Heavenly Father by believing in his Son Jesus Christ. As we show our faith in Christ by keeping His commandments that he received from the Father we our faith in Christ increases and we grow closer to Heavenly Father and receive the blessings that He has in store for us. We have faith in God's plan and we have faith that plan is made possible by His son Jesus Christ. I know that God and Jesus Christ live because of their influence in my life, the answers to my prayers I have received and seeing miracles happen in my life, I have faith in God and his Son. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Eric
A book of Mormon Prophet once stated that everything around us, the planets, the earth, the stars, all these things denote there is a God. I echo his testimony and I would like to share my own experiences with you on how I know there is a God. I, like many people have been in situations where I prayed there was someone else in control that could help me, save me, protect me, and bless me. Growing up LDS I was always taught there was a God and I was blessed enough to develop faith early in life that helped me have experiences early on that witnessed to my heart that was a God. Miracles that could not be explained except to say that the divine being that is God allowed me to witness his hand in my life. I have had experience upon experience in my life where I could see God not only blessing me, but those around me. I must say out of all the experiences that have effected me and testified to me there was a God one stands out. One night I was depressed and sad. I did not feel like kneeling and praying to God at the end of my day like normal. I remember I said, why would God want to talk to me anyway. A calming spirit came over me, and a voice that spoke to my heart said very lovingly, of course I want to talk to you, you're my son. I have never forgotten that moment. I knew God lived and I was his child, just like all of us are children of God. If you want to know if God lives I encourage you to find out for yourself, ask Him if he is there. He will answer you! Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Eric
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does NOT practice polygamy. There was a time early in the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ that the members of the church were asked to live it. It was a big sacrifice for all that were asked live this law. However the practicing of Polygamy was ended by revelation given to the Prophet Wilford Woodruff. Since that declaration from the Lord the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has banned the practice of plural marriage and is not associated with anyone who does live it. It says in the Book of Mormon that "for if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things." The Lord has seen in his wisdom that plural marriage is not to be lived by the members of the Church at this time. A man is to have one wife now, and cleave to her and love her with all his heart. Thanks to the temples this relationship between a man and his wife can continue into the next world. Show more Show less