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Hi I'm Eric

I grew up in Colorado. I love to cook. I am a Certified Public Accountant. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Texas, grew up in Colorado, went to college in Utah, lived for 2 years in Toronto as a missionary, and currently reside in Arizona. I am the 3rd of 5 children (I have 3 brothers and 1 sister). I am an Eagle Scout. I am married and have 2 wonderful kids who are extremely active. I love adventure sports -- skydiving, dirtbikes, snowboarding, hockey, and fishing are some of my favorite things to do. I love music and I play guitar. I am a Certified Public Accountant and currently work for one of the world's largest public accounting firms as an auditor. When I'm not crunching numbers, I have a real passion for cooking. I speak Portuguese and would love to visit Brazil and Portugal in the future (I've never been off the North American continent).

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in a Mormon family, the decision to be Mormon is something that I conscientiously made several years ago. For me, there's nothing inherently limiting about being Mormon -- I have just as much fun as the next person doing things I love. I enjoy being around people who have the same zest for life, who strive to live the way Jesus Christ lived, and who have a respect for God. I think church sometimes has a reputation of being stuffy, that it's somehow irrelevant because times have changed. In my experience, though, my faith and religious upbringing has been, and continues to be, the foundation of my success and personal growth. The scriptures we use in church are just a book -- just words on a page; however, when those words and principles are applied to our lives and put into action, we become better people. When people become better, communities become better. When communities become better, society is benefited. I want to be a part of that. While there are many reasons that I'm Mormon, the underlying reason is that I believe the president of our church is a prophet called of God. That might be hard for some people to believe, which is understandable. But I believe that God calls prophets in our day, the same way he's called prophets for thousands of years, to teach His children what we must do if we want to be happy in this life and return to live with Him when we die. Prophets are not a thing of the past simply because we've made such significant technological advancements that we no longer need the guidance of an all-knowing Creator. If anything, we need God more now than ever. I believe that the prophet on the earth today receives knowledge, inspiration, and revelation to guide those of God's children who will listen.

How I live my faith

There's not really anything I do on a day-to-day basis that is so much different than what other people do. I wake up, I go to work, I help clean the house and make dinner, I mow the lawn, etc. etc. etc. There are mouths to feed and diapers to change in my house, the same as any other house. The difference between my life and a "normal" person (whatever that is) is on Sundays. I am the executive secretary for our local congregation, which means I meet regularly with our bishop and his counselors to discuss the needs of members in our community (whether Mormon or not). I help coordinate our bishop's schedule so that he can meet with people who are struggling financially, spiritually, emotionally, etc. In the past, I've been asked to teach in our primary, where I helped teach several rambunctious 4-year olds. During the week, the main thing that sets me apart from others is that I don't drink, I don't smoke, and I don't swear. At work functions, I'm the one rockin' the root beer and driving the minivan. Because of the values I have, I look for ways to help others outside of church; this includes being involved in my employer's philanthropic committee, where we coordinate service opportunities in our community. To me, being Mormon is a way of life, so the values I hold extend outside the walls of our local church building.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

To "believe in the Bible" means we believe it contains inspired revelation on the will of God and His commandments to his children, both anciently and today. We believe that the Bible is the word of God and was written by individuals called prophets. These prophets were inspired to write about Jesus Christ and his divine mission as the Savior of the world. Some of these prophets, such as Peter and James, were intimately involved in Christ's mortal ministry, and their writings reflect Christ's teachings and tell of his death and resurrection. These men witnessed firsthand the miracles that Christ performed, and their writings help us understand more fully who Jesus Christ is and why He is such a central figure in our lives. These writings are more than good stories -- they contain specific commandments from God. Jesus Christ's life, as described in the scriptures, is a pattern of how we should live now in order to return to live with God after death. Show more Show less