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Hi I'm Eric

I'm a musician, a writer, a part of a wonderful family, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I went back to school after about an eight year absence and earned a Bachelor of Music degree. After I received my degree, I moved to a different location where a large number of my family lives. I've enjoyed being an uncle and being a part of my families lives. We get together often for dinner, games and fun. I tend to be a very shy person by and large, but around my family I'm able to open up and really have a good time. I'm single, and I enjoy a great life being close to my family, traveling, and working as a career musician. Music has always played a huge role in my life and does to this day. I've played the organ, piano, and guitar for many years and enjoy singing as well. I've been tuning pianos for about two years, learning on my own and with help of a great friend of mine who's been a professional tuner for 20 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church, but I didn't always have a strong testimony or faith in it. I struggled with my faith for a number of years. After much prayer and soul searching, I came to the realization that it is true and that there is a place for me in it. There's a folk song that I love called, "All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir." I think that can be applied to my faith and belief in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There's a place in His Kingdom for everyone. In times of difficulty and stress, it is my faith that I cling to that has at times literally saved my life. It's my anchor in the storm and Christ is the source of life and light as I navigate. It's the voice of my Savior and Redeemer at Whose feet I'll fall when He calls me home - There to be reunited with my father, and beloved family and friends who've already finished the journey. I'm reminded of the verse of a favorite hymn which says, "When at last I near the shore, and the fearful breakers roar, 'twixt ma and the peaceful rest, then while leaning on Thy breast. May I hear Thee say to me, Fear not! I will pilot thee." (Edward Hopper 1818-1888, Hymns 1985 #104) I know that Jesus is The Christ and that through His atonement I can return to his presence one day. How grateful I am that he has sent living Prophets and Apostles to guide His church in our day and age. Their message strengthens me and my resolve to live close to the Savior, and is a sure path that leads the way back to Him.

How I live my faith

I've served as an organist, a choir director, a home teacher. Presently I'm ward organist, ward and ward music director bulletin coordinator (I print the programs). There's a lot of satisfaction that comes with serving in the various callings in the church. Sometimes I haven't felt very qualified or very good at it. But with patience, persistence, a lot of faith, and a lot of prayer, those things that I didn't feel like I did well became easier and I got better at doing them. The knowledge and skills I obtained carried over into other aspects of my life both personally and professionally. Being a Mormon isn't something that happens just on Sunday. I can remember a number of years ago when I was in a Stake Conference, the Stake President gave four points that could help us grow closer to the Savior. Daily prayer, daily scripture study, daily Temple worthiness, and daily acts of service. As I've strived to live that way it's made a big difference. I find daily acts of service don't have to be anything big or grand. But even a small gesture of kindness has made a huge difference to me and hope that something I do can be meaningful to someone as well.

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

I've always had a great love of the sea. The gentle rhythm of the waves on the shore is the greatest lullaby on a restless night. The pounding of the waves against the rocks is a thrilling sight and sound that never ceases to be awe inspiring. In either case there is a defined rhythm that doesn't just happen. Granted the gravity of the moon plays a big role in that. But even the moon has a well ordered rhythm that is evidence of the hand of the Divine Creator who is our Father in Heaven. I've heard it said by some that with science there is no evidence for God and that science refutes the idea of a Divine Creator. There is so much that we don't know yet and can't understand. I remember also hearing someone from the scientific community who does believe in God that he believes God used the principles of science to create the Earth. God created the Heavens and Earth and everything that is a part of them. How He did it is a mystery and He also created the science and the scientists who are daily making discoveries. Show more Show less