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Hi I'm Eric

I love my family, the beach, and Steeler football - and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I have a family of four, with a great wife and twin toddlers. We were blessed to be able to raise the babies, since they were born at 25 weeks! It was a roller coaster ride, and for four months we dealt with the highs and lows of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Both babies eventually pulled through after some very scary days, weeks, and months which involved several surgeries, several blood transfusions, and severe sickness. We attribute the survival and current health of the babies to the prayers of family, friends, and loved ones, who joined in prayer to our Heavenly Father on behalf of the little ones. We are now reaping the benefits of having two healthy babies, and we love them and enjoy spending time with them. I know that we can be an eternal family if we keep God's commandments, and strive to improve the lives of others through service and acts of generosity! Life is a gift, and true happiness comes from providing service to others. I truly believe that we are really serving God when we serve and provide acts of kindness to those who stand in need.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of the peace I feel inside concerning my religion. The Bible describes this peace (in Galatians 5:22) as coming from the Holy Ghost, or the Holy Spirit of God. I remember feeling this peace for the first time in my life when I was in High School, in North Carolina, as I started reading the Book of Mormon for the first time. I remember thoroughly enjoying the reading, or more specifically, the feeling that I felt when I read it. Some days I would prefer to read the Book of Mormon to playing sports, like basketball, which I really loved. The feeling was new to me and I wanted more of it. I felt closer to God when I read the Book of Mormon. I felt like God and Jesus Christ knew me personally and loved me very much. That feeling is contagious, and the more I felt it, the more I wanted it. I felt like praying more often. I was happier, and felt like providing service to others more often. I wanted to repent more often, and live the kind of life that I felt God would approve of. I began to know with 100% confidence that the Book of Mormon really is another testament of Jesus Christ, along with the Bible, and by reading the Book of Mormon you can grow closer to God. I know that because the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith must have been a prophet of God because he translated the records from the ancient prophets' writings.

How I live my faith

Living the kind of life that I know my Heavenly Father expects of me is not always easy, and I wouldn't be honest with myself if I said that I always live my life in the way that I I know I should, and the way that I'd like to live it. However, I believe the key is to STRIVE to do all I can and be as good as I possibly can. Although my kids are only one, my wife and I have family prayer each night. Although reading books isn't something that the kids have very much patience with (shutting the book while I'm reading is a great indicator), we usually try to read little Bible or Book of Mormon stories to the kids each night before prayer. After family prayer, we have individual prayer, where we try to teach the kids to pray. I will pray with one child, and my wife will pray with the other in very basic terms ("thank you for family," "thank you for Jesus," "Please help me to sleep well and not be scared tonight", etc.) They will be two in December, so I really think that they're at a formidable age where they can start to know who Jesus Christ is, to some degree. I also served a mission for my church in South Korea, where we learned the language, taught of Jesus Christ, and provided acts of service for residents of the country (mostly teaching free English classes, which we did twice per week). I loved my time in Korea, and can't wait to get back some day. I loved learning the language, meeting the fun people, and I love the food. Kimchi- cheagai is now one of my all-time favorites!!