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Hi I'm Eric

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm retired; a wife, 3 boys & 2 girls, all grown.38 yrs ago I served a mission in Sydney. My 1st son served in Holland, the 2nd South Africa, & the 3rd in Ghana. The sons and eldest daughter married in the Temple. We have 2 grandsons with 2 on the way. One girl remains with us. When she marries, we will probably serve a mission. I was in the Army for 3 yrs. I have always loved cars & bikes, & presently have a Gold-Wing & a Piaggio MP3 400. I love to travel, & hope to become a grey nomad. Our best trip has been tracing the Mormon Sites in the US in 2007 & General Conference. Of course, Many other sites were visited over 30 days, including Vegas, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Disney, NASA, Washington DC, New York, Niagra Falls & San Francisco. 7 of us in a van did over 18,000 km. People said it wasn't possible, but we did it, & it was terrific. Recently, the Church asked us to use social media to spread the gospel. I don't use Facebook or Twitter & love to write, so wrote an e-book: "True Religion Explained". It is for the world to read. 42,000 words is much more than social media accepts.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents listened to missionaries when I was seven. When I left home to join the Army, I hadn't cared much for religion and had not read the Book of Mormon, but I knew Mormons were not just normal people, but nice people. That helped me when about a year later missionaries stopped me on the street. They invited me to Church, and I said maybe, with little intention. A few weeks later two members from Adelaide joined the Regiment, with one right in my room. They asked me where the Chapel was, and I said I would take them on Sunday. In the first few weeks of taking them, I felt the same spirit and warmth I knew as a child, but that was no reason to get all religious. I had a Book of Mormon given as a gift, with never a page turned. As I was leaving on a long exercise, I grabbed the book, thinking I should learn a little something about this religion I was strangely back at, yet not religiously inclined. I had always hated reading, and not read more than a magazine voluntarily, but when I started reading this book I was driven to read it all. I finished all 521 pages in ten days. Nearly forty years later, I have a sure conviction of it being God's word. In ten days I knew it was true by the witness of the Holy Ghost. Such a witness is stronger than reason, or any Earthly way of gaining knowledge. I returned from bush a changed man. I began attending Church with purpose, and soaked up knowledge. The Book of Mormon is a thousand-year history of an ancient peoples. The Church had a rich history of its rise and growth, with many revelations and miracles. There was so much more to learn. God had waited for me to overcome my childish apathy and had a hand in bringing me into the light when I was mature and ready; when I could appreciate having a purpose to living beyond my own imaginations. I heeded His call, and served a mission, returned and married for Eternity in His Temple, blessing available because He restored the saving ordinances of His original Gospel.

How I live my faith

Mormonism is the hardest religion to live, but it is the most rewarding, and the source of greatest joy. As a person, I was always easy-going. It took me until twenty to bother to consider the meaning of life, so I still have tendencies to take it easy. I understand people not finding the truth because it was right under my nose for so long and escaped me. It doesn't take much disinterest to miss the message. But although I am weak, I am certain of the divinity of the Church. The Father and the Son appeared in Person to Joseph Smith to restore the True Church in preparation for the Second Coming. The Book of Mormon is sacred scripture given to herald to the World that Restoration. It has spiritual power. While we members struggle in the World to live up to the highest of ideals, I recognize the Church is indeed divine. It has the Priesthood and the saving ordinances. The doctrine is pure and correct. The Church expects service, and as followers of Jesus we should be willing to serve. Sacrifice is important. Not in the wrong way, and the World seems to have distorted most things, while the Church has everything right. Over the past nearly 40 years of service, I see the Master's hand in all that we do; how it benefits both the one who serves as well as the recipients. Presently, I am what is called a High Councillor. It is heavily involved in administration, but even that is necessary and God's kingdom is a place of order, both temporally and spiritually. In every calling I have had, I have seen perfect organization. I would marvel that an uneducated, untrained 14 year old boy could organize such a Church, but I know he really didn't. He listened to the Lord through hundreds of revelations over many years, and the Lord established His Church through the Prophet, not by the Prophet. The reason why I am a Mormon is because, in a word, the Church is genuine. It is the real deal in a World full of fakes. It has power to save when all others merely pretend to.

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

Eric
My main answer is that the Holy Ghost reveals Him. This is only to those who want to follow. Unbelievers are not spoken to for their own protection. Then they use lack of revelation as evidence of no God, but it is really their unbelief. Those of us (many millions) who believe have also heard God speak. I concur with the statement that all things denote a creator. There are thousands of examples,but I have a few favorites. Children are dependent on parents for many years. They would all die without parental nurturing and protection. Adam & Eve were capable parents who began the process, being first created by God. If we evolved, coming from a swamp, getting through the dependent phase is impossible. We would not have it, or we never evolved. Since we have it, Adam & Eve are the origin of Man. Evolution is based on massive amounts of time causing change in response to changing circumstances. This is not evident in the real world as a cause, only barely evident for minor adaptations. No creature that falls from a height can develop wings. That is stretching it way beyond the adaptive capability, such as shedding fur in response to hotter climates, which also is by design. If we have had the suggested 4 billion years, where are the houses that evolved without a builder? The cars not made in a factory? Everything we create should have evolved in the same time. It sounds like nonsense, but evolutionists swallow nonsense in spades. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Eric
It's important to know tithes aren't used to pay wages. They build the kingdom in an honest, efficient manner. The growth of the Church & its enviable financial position in the eyes of others is evidence of God's hand in how it's administered in all areas, tithing included. The blessings to individuals are real. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Eric
Every member is a missionary. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Eric
The scriptures are replete with examples of what happened to people who rejected prophets. I don't want to be in their ranks. Nor would I care to be among those who go after false prophets, which is no better. One must find and follow only God's appointed prophets, and that is why I support Thomas S, Monson. It has been revealed to me by God by the Holy Ghost. I won't accept anything less for such an important decision. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Eric
This practice separates us from mainstream Christian practices and shows which has the love of God. To allow us to give the very requirement for heaven's entry to all who have ever lived is proof that God loves everybody. They are all His children and He will deny none the chance to return to Him. In contrast, mainstream religions say that only those who join their particular brand while alive can be saved. The dead are lost. This is almost all of God's children. It could not be God's way, as it shows bias for a privileged few. Incidentally, this privileged few happen to be those who pay the preacher. Their wickedness is forgiven while billions of good people go to Hell. God's love? I don't think so. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Eric
God's priesthood is here to serve others with no need of benefit to the servant. The Book of Mormon clearly distinguishes between the priesthood and priestcrafts. One main element of priestcraft is that it is set up to feed on the people, so wages are a telling factor that it is not of God. Consider this: Every scripture on the judgment clearly states our works are judged. If we pay a preacher to do our works, what have we? If the preacher does them for our money, what has he? It is not God's way. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Eric
It's not easy to know God, & comes incrementally by consistent obedience & communication. One can't know another at an introduction. It's like knowing someone famous: We can read books & watch media about them, but don't know them. Knowing about them is not sufficient to really know them. That's limited to people who interact with them. If we have a relationship with God like the friends & family of a famous person & not that of distant fans we will grow to know Him, which is necessary for Eternal life. Since this is done by the Spirit, & only exists in the LDS Church, it's reason to join. Mainstream religions teach of an incomprehensible God & deny revelation. That won't get Eternal life Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Eric
A testimony is also a declaration of matters revealed by the spirit. Just another perspective on the use of the word. When it is declared, the hearer can respond differently. A sincere person can have the Spirit witness to them and they will recognize it and seek more. Some people will get the witness and choose to ignore it because they are unwilling to give up the vain things of the world. Yet others will feel no witness, as the Spirit knows this kind is not ready and revelation would only condemn them in their present state. The Holy Ghost dos not exist elsewhere. Other religions emulate it to a degree, but God is not the source. Humans are capable of having good feelings that can be mistaken for being the Spirit. Learning to identify the difference is not easy. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Eric
I would add reading the Book of Mormon. It was given by God for our benefit in these days. Written by ancient prophets, the last with a promise that sincere truth seekers will receive revelation it is true. No-one should join the Church without personal revelation. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Eric
The Lord does it His way, and no man has financially gained, rather, we are all happy to provide. The Church should not be cash-strapped when the world belongs to God. Nor should it have to resort to bingo nights, raffles, aged care facilities that take pensions and houses from the frail elderly and a myriad of other questionable practices that finance many organizations. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Eric
To elaborate, one prophet said "every young man should serve a mission", so it is expected of males and not of females. All are invited and none are compelled, but there is that expectation of priesthood duty in the males. No privileges nor punishments follow those who do and those who don't, respectively. In addition, a prophet has said "every member a missionary" with regard to opening our mouths, and not full-time service. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Eric
The official statement is not so direct. Jesus Christ founded the LDS Church. Jesus continues to head it. All earthly prophets from Joseph Smith to Thomas S.Monson are His servants and have only ever done His bidding. Other misguided leaders may have erred slightly, but Jesus steers the Church aright and prophets have never strayed from the mind and will of the Lord. Jesus is at the helm. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Eric
But detractors cite we have been racial in the near past - what of that? God gave religion to Israel at the exclusion of the rest of the world. He gave the priesthood to prophets to the exclusion of all else. Temple attendance was also restricted to a few worthy souls. Later, he gave a lesser priesthood to Aaron's descendants to the exclusion of the rest of Israel, and the world. In Christ's day membership was only for Israel. That was extended later. The detractors who criticize also accept these events, thus, brand themselves as hypocrites. They reject revelation to know the mind and will of the Lord yet try to impose what they think is it. They reject temples, though they were part of our past, because they reject revelation. In all this, they are the blind trying to lead the blind. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Eric
The Church is the best at temporal help, but that pales in the work of salvation done by the Church. This Church is here to save the whole world - as many who want it. There is no limit by restricting those able to living members only. With the Millennium provided to include everybody we couldn't baptize and marry, we will encompass everybody who ever lived. Meanwhile, all who are blessed to join while alive, have lives changed such that they are truly happy. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Eric
Joseph also translated the Book of Mormon with divine aid. With a third grade education as his natural credentials. Later, he learned languages and translated some of the Bible and the Pearl of Great Price (another of our standard works), as well as writing Doctrine and Covenants and many other books. He made a statement to the effect that if he had not had the revelations he had, he would not have believed his story of himself, and didn't blame others for not believing him. He taught that God would speak on his behalf because it was God's work. He performed miracles and prophesied many things, as a true prophet does. One of which was that his name would be had for good and evil. The growth of the Church has his name for good (as does revelation) and the vast array of false claims against him attest to the evil. Prophesy, fulfilled. One spurious claim is that we worship Joseph Smith. We don't, but he is deserving of his status among Moses, Abraham, Isaac, and all the true prophets. To slander him would offend Christ, just as He was offended by those who rejected the prophets before Him. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Eric
I see no promise in returning to the best job I had in life, nor house, car or holiday destination. In fact, nothing other than my parents, siblings, wife & children, etc. Nor does sitting on a cloud as a loner singing praises forever appeal. Family is what true religion offers. The alternatives are nothing by comparison. Why do people settle for less? Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Eric
As with racial condemnation, detractors condemn the will of God in this matter while subscribing to God's permitting (even commanding) it in the Old Testament. At the same time they often permit grosser breaking of the Lord's moral code of conduct in diverse ways. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Eric
Attend a Chapel or meetinghouse. You should not go unnoticed. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Eric
Personal revelation is absolutely necessary. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Eric
It is in Temples because that is one purpose for them. They are not redundant, except to those who have no use for them and know not God's plan. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Eric
Men and women are different, so there are some differences in what we do. That does not make either one inferior, nor does trying to be the same make us more equal. We are all happy in our skins, knowing we please God. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Eric
"Except a man be born of water AND of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven". Baptism AND the Holy Ghost are required. Man sees this second part as just being a new person, but scripture tells of Apostles finding those baptized & traveling far to bestow the Holy Ghost. This Church teaches correctly by revelation. Let the world wrest the scriptures for their answers. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Eric
It's God's way & works best. If anyone has better, show it. Man's ways fail. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Eric
Jesus Christ. Read "True Religion Explained" (my free eBook) for my words on Faith vs Works doctrine. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Eric
In addition, Mormon was a popular nickname given in the early rise of the church by external parties. It came from the Book of Mormon, named after the prophet Mormon because he did most of the writing. The Church resisted calling themselves Mormon because Jesus Christ is the sole object of worship and His Church must carry His name, however, the world insisted otherwise. It seems we can't escape it, but stress it can only ever be a nickname, nothing more. It is now an accepted nickname. In short, we are truth and saving power restored after centuries of darkness. We are the children of Christ who will prepare to user in His second coming. We are His bridesmaid - there can only be one. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Eric
Joseph Smith received the record from Moroni, an angel who buried it when alive some 1400 years prior. He was the Son of Mormon. Joseph translated the record. It was given so that God's people would benefit from further revelations in a day when people resorted to their own understanding and interpretation of the Bible, to the point that they knew not where to turn for truth. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Eric
It is being the Samaritan rather than the Priest or the Temple worker who passed by. It is being the second group who saw Jesus in need when He wasn't among them. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Eric
Church is the collective people; wards, stakes & branches are subsets - all refer to people. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Eric
It is better than any alternative, bar none. Forever. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Eric
There are multiple reasons why we are labeled a cult, depending on the learning & intent of the oe making the claim. Some genuinely believe we are, while others know we aren't & still make the claim. If personal revelation wasn't a hallmark of our belief, one has to rely on the arm of flesh to know what we are. We invite all to put this & all questions to God in prayer. In Christ's day, the very Church that should have accepted their Lord rejected Him & labeled His small band of Christians a cult. In hindsight, the established religion was wrong. Today, some of religion's fragmented groups call us a cult & some don't. Opinion is divided, but you don't need to sort out the confusion - just study our doctrines & pray. God will provide answers. You don't know the basis for calling us a cult in the first instance, oftentimes. Many people are happy to dismiss us as a cult to justify their preferred lifestyle. Since we have restrictions, such as alcohol, tobacco and moral codes to name some, they are quick to label us so they need not consider complying. Convenient for them, they're apt to recruit anyone who'll listen. This is a shallow foundation on which to establish a fact, be it about any topic. Finding true religion is too important to depend on advice from such people. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Eric
Our bodies are sacred, temples of our spirits, & great benefits flow beyond just having a healthy body. Obedience protects us from so many tragic moments in life. If a person never drinks in the first place, he will never cause a road accident through alcohol impairment - one reason of many to embrace the Word of Wisdom. Show more Show less

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

Eric
This topic is far deeper than a brief note can cover adequately. Suffice it to say, the Mormon Church is adept at teaching the principles involved, and they are correct. If the world would learn from them, it is my personal opinion that all the world's economic problems would be solved. They are inspired. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Eric
There is one God, who is not the author of confusion, nor can He lie. It follows, He can only have one true Church. People join because God communicates with them. They know from God that His Church was restored in 1830 because through the dark ages Christianity lost important truths, and the priesthood. It lost saving power. People join because they recognize the saving power of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and partake of the ordinances that will enable them to return to God. People join because of a firm faith in Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Eric
The world is heading for its fiery end before the Savior comes to rule. Degeneracy is predicted in all its forms before that great day. The growth of porn is evidence of moral decay, and can be taken as a sign the second coming is near. Our mission is to convert souls, and that is the best way to turn a person from his worldly ways. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Eric
I regard customs of minor importance when the objective is to bring all unto Christ. However, I can say all the Church does is natural. There is nothing that does not elevate & uplift. Things may be different to the newly converted, but they are not oddball. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Eric
The official answer does not mention that LDS marry in Temples forever. We are unique in this regard. Jesus is all about Eternal life. It follows He would not institute a temporary contract of any kind, let alone the union of man and woman. The origin of marriage till death came from the earliest atheists, who saw no sense in contracting outside of and beyond their own beliefs. This crept into religion when religion had lost many plain and precious truths and replaced them with the teachings of men. God married Adam and Eve forever, before he had pronounced death upon them. The restoration of the Gospel restored what God had always intended. Heaven could not be worthwhile if we were to be separate and single again. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Eric
It is one class in one of our main meetings. Women are welcome to see for themselves. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Eric
It was planned that way. We, as individuals who can't identify by ourselves how we got to be here, or where we go after death, are in no position to decide for ourselves how we can be saved. Many of us do decide to make our own rules, but they will not stand when Christ judges us all. It is His plan. He will execute it and no feeble man can change it, or have it his way. Show more Show less

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

Eric
The Holy Ghost is necessary to return to God as the requirement is to be born of water and of the Spirit. Baptism is the water birth and the Holy Ghost is the spiritual birth and both are begun by ordinances. I have answered a similar question in like manner (what blessings ...). Since a priesthood ordinance bestows the gift of the Holy Ghost, it must be done where the priesthood exists. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Eric
As the atonement's magnitude prevents coverage, it can be referenced in 2 books: "Jesus the Christ" by James E. Talmage, & "Mormon Doctrine" by Bruce R. McConkie. I recommend both books in their entirety. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Eric
We believe that the King James version is the most accurate. Detractors accuse us of not fully believing because we have said we believe "as far as it is translated correctly". I see no problem with this rider. I would not say we believe in it regardless of what mistranslations it may hold. That is accepting falsities. While detractors point the finger, they have hundreds of translations containing significant differences that they are happy to accept. If they are first telling us the KJV is devoid of mistranslation, how can they have so many different Bibles? Add to that, with hundreds of Bibles, they produce thousands of doctrines and contest one with another on what is truth. Even using the KJV alone they have thousands of religions out of it. The Book of Mormon was needed to cut swiftly through the confusion. God knew our day and provided for us. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Eric
God's name is Eternal (He has a few names) so Eternal life is life with God. Many interpret it as being everlasting life. While the duration is everlasting, it must be with God. Others can have everlasting life beyond the presence of God. They have no part in Eternal life. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Eric
This was addressed in "What is Mormonism? ...:" I feel a nickname may be a subtle attempt to divert people from the truth. We did not give ourselves the nickname. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Eric
This is another large item for discussion. Whole churches have been established on man's interpretation of it. Use the references I cite in "What is the atonement ..." for deeper information. Keep in mind, all scriptural references to the final judgment say we are judged on our works. None indicate grace will alter that fact. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Eric
Blessings are dependent on attitude. Many people have read scriptures & dismissed them. What makes some people treasure & others mock them? The heart. In short, scriptures are records of events re God's dealings with man. In every age, it's not the record that mattered, it's the revelation. That caused the record & God's dealings always came that way. Today, the Christian premise is that God expects people to only have the Bible; revelation is done away. To us, we exist first by revelation, then by the subsequent records. They are uplifting reminders, but God speaking made them important. Those who disbelieve scripture tend to disbelieve God, then say people manipulate others with a fable. Those who have gotten gain from religion fuel this proposition, but our Church has a history of personal financial sacrifice by millions & gain is absent. It debunks the proposition. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Eric
Revelation. We may not have survived had we not had that revealed then. God would not allow His infant Church to be killed. An early Apostle, Parley P. Pratt, gave a few sermons on it in his autobiography. I was impressed. Show more Show less