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Hi I'm Eric

I've lived in North Carolina my whole life. I'm a counselor and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from college with a degree in Music Performance (Trumpet) and a minor in Jazz Studies. I love to listen to all kinds of music, but I have to say the kind I love most is jazz. My jazz hero is Louis Armstrong. He was a brilliant musician, but also a genuinely happy person who loved what he did and loved to make other people feel better. I found that I also like to make people feel better about themselves. I like charity and I like to help people solve their problems and lend support in times of need. So, I received a Master's in counseling and have been helping people doing that for the past several years. My favorite sport is college basketball and I also really enjoy playing basketball. I have a beautiful son who is 1 year old at the time of writing this profile. He is a joy. He's pretty hilarious too, which is good because I love comedy and love to joke around.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't grow up with a religion. I was baptized as a Methodist, but we really didn't go to church much. I was first introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints while I was in college. I met my wife then who was a lifelong member and she taught me about the Church. It wasn't an easy transition for me though. The joke is I went through 3 sets of missionaries before I would even attend a meeting. There were a lot of terms I wasn't familiar with at all before coming a member...ward, stake, relief society, priesthood, calling. Those were just peripheral things though - it was really about finding my faith and developing a relationship with Jesus Christ. I feel like this is the path I am supposed to be on. I think the gospel came into my life at a time when I needed it and I feel truly blessed to have found a faith that helps make sense of life. When I was growing up I remember wondering about dying. It terrified me to the point of tears. What was the point? Why are we here for just a short period of time in the grand scheme of things? There was certainly an emptiness in that area. I don't think anybody can answer that for you until you truly find the answer yourself - it's a very personal revelation. The Church helped me answer that question and now I feel like my life has a purpose. I feel like I've answered that question of "Why am I here?"

How I live my faith

I am currently the Stake Employment Specialist with my church. In that role I basically oversee a group of wonderful Ward Employment Specialists in 12 different wards; I'm kind of in a "regional" calling. A ward is a local congregation and a stake is a group of wards. I help train Ward Employment Specialists, teach full day workshops, and promote the wonderful employment resources the Church has. I've had many callings in the past and each one helped me learn about myself in a different way. They always say you grow when you extend your experiences outside of your comfort circle. Sometimes I felt inadequate to fulfill my calling, but in retrospect that isn't the case. I learned so much from my callings and I felt very good about volunteering to help so many people who were genuinely appreciative of my efforts.