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Hi I'm Eric

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a management consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area working with high-tech clients, and I love what I do. I feel a constant pressure to perform and there's no doubt that I get worn out from the work, but the problem solving aspect of the job keeps me energized. I regularly work with people from six continents, and that exposure has been the greatest reward. My favorite memories have nothing to do with business or chasing success, though. The happiest moments in life have been with my family in the living room, in a canoe in a mountain lake, or out skiing on a snowy day. My mom and dad made all the difference for the family by choosing to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and to love each other and their four children.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of my witness of Jesus Christ. My experiences reading the scriptures have helped me to know Christ and our Father in Heaven. I started reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon every day when I was 13 or 14 years old. There was nothing particularly powerful when I first started reading them, but as I continued every day I realized that I began to change. I learned about how much Heavenly Father loves his children and how his son Jesus Christ provided a way for us to return back to them. I began to feel their love personally the more I read the scriptures, and I developed a relationship with God through prayer. I spent a lot of time on my knees when I read the scriptures. I had some uniquely personal experiences kneeling at my bedside as the Holy Ghost taught me that all I was reading was true. I read the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Book of Mormon that year. There was no question in my mind that each book was the word of God. The Book of Mormon and the Bible are companions, each testifying of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon in particular taught me how to come to Christ and be saved--it spoke straight to my heart. So many teachers of religion teach the Bible so many different ways, and the Book of Mormon clarified for me who Christ is, what his mission is, where I came from, and what my purpose is on earth. Just like in Bible and Book of Mormon times anciently, living prophets and apostles lead Christ's church today.

How I live my faith

I pray to God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ daily. Prayer is not simply a one-way communication to someone I'm not sure is listening. And it's not a set of phrases that I have memorized. Prayer is a time I speak openly with my Father in Heaven about my challenges and my goals, my disappointments and my hopes. I talk to him about the mistakes I make and ask for forgiveness. I pray for others in my life and ask how I can be an answer to their prayers. And when I wait and listen, I can often feel that God is listening. My prayers are most meaningful when they are focused on helping other people. Time and time again, thoughts and feelings have come into my mind to call or visit someone or to do something that was far from what I would have thought myself. When I have listened to those ideas, I have seen that God is working through me to help others. That is the sweetest feeling I ever have. Each Sunday I have the opportunity to teach 10 and 11 year-olds in a Sunday School class. We read the scriptures together and talk about how they can follow the example of the Savior in their own lives. One Sunday was particularly meaningful as one of the boys asked how to be forgiven of something he knew he shouldn't have done. It was an opportunity to talk about how Heavenly Father is so ready to forgive us if only we will seek his forgiveness and choose to keep the commandments.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Eric
The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ really lived, that he was and is God’s Son. It contains the writings of ancient prophets. One of these, Lehi, lived in Jerusalem around 600 B.C. God commanded Lehi to lead a small group of people to the American continent. There they became a great civilization. God continued to call prophets among these people. The Book of Mormon is a collection of the writings of their prophets and record keepers. It is named after Mormon, one of the last of these ancient prophets. These prophets knew about Heavenly Father’s plan for his children and the mission of Jesus Christ. They recorded that Christ appeared, after his Resurrection, to the people in America, taught them his gospel, and formed his Church among them. The book contains the teachings of Jesus Christ, testifying of his Atonement and his love. It supports and verifies the Bible. The Book of Mormon concludes with a great promise that those who read it and sincerely pray about it can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true (Moroni 10:4). For me, the Book of Mormon confirms that Jesus Christ established a church, that people changed that church after the death of the apostles, and that Christ's church has been brought back to earth with living prophets and apostles. That church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. People call me a Mormon because I believe in the Book of Mormon, but the truth is that I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less