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Hi I'm Eric

I'm an Alaskan. I'm a singer and Saxophonist. I'm serving as a missionary in Winnipeg, MB... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Eric. I'm the eldest son in my family and was born in 1991. Throughout most of my life, I've been a "wanderer"... traveling through a variety of states in addition to a variety of churches. Prior to my membership to the church, I was a member of my old church's worship team and returned back to Alaska to live the rest of my life in high school. After familial issues, I left the church I was attending at the time and gained a testimony of the restored gospel... being the only Mormon in my family. I was very active in my music department in high school, performing in a variety of different musicals and groups. I served as a Missionary serving the people of Northern Minnesota as well as the Canadian Provinces of Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan... and I'm now a student at Brigham Young University! Life is Good!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon based from the testimony I've gained personally from not only the scriptures, but from the members that I've run across during my life. During my junior year of high school, I was active in my privious church's worship team along with the rest of my family. While I had learned a lot of good morals from my privious churches, I really began to get confused concerning some of the doctrines as well as the attitudes of many of the members of those churches, particularly myself. While I had professed to be a Christian all of my life, my attitude marked a different story: I was selfish and proud. Once my parents had divorced, I finally became so disillusioned with the churches I had been in that I had stopped, depending on the scriptures, music, and the occasional internet-sermon my father requested me to watch as my only method to recieve the spirit. During this time of hardship, however, I had some thoughts concerning the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, so I talked to both a family friend who served in the bishopric as well as a friend in High School concerning the church. After doing so, I was invited to take the lessons from the missionaries of my ward, and from this experience gained a testimony from the lessons (by way of the Holy Ghost) to join the church. I've been active ever since, and now I'm serving a mission in Canada.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving as a missionary, but also by remaining very active in my church, praying to Heavenly Father often, and having the spirit's presence in my life. To say that I'm a perfect member, however, would be false. While I am great by keeping up my commitments in the church even to serve as a missionary, my scripture study habits haven't been as great as they could have been and there are particular other issues that keep me clinging to the rod. In spite of this, however, I try to live the gospel to the best of my ability: through faith, scripture study, prayer, and keeping the commitments entailed. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this church is true, and I'll continue to testify of these things until eternity!

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Eric
It's a pretty simple answer, actually. With clergy not being a paid service, it makes it so people are serving out of the kindness of their hearts, not for the padding of their wallets. Christ's disciples went about commanded to not carry "purse nor scrip", so it makes good sense that Christ's restored church does the same! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Eric
Grace is the enabling power for followers of Christ to fully serve Him, realizing that each of us have our own imperfections. While grace in itself doesn't make one automatically perfect, it allows us to be continually perfected, even though there'll always be things in which we has humans will never overcome in this life. In my prior experience in other churches, grace is often interpreted to be some gift that God gives us that will make us automatically saved once we confess our sins to Him. However, let's face it, God is a just God, so it would make sense that grace would allow us to be righteous, not eliminate our own responsibility. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Eric
The Law of Chastity is a major principle. God considers the powers of procreation that we have been given to be very sacred and only to be used between husband and wife. While, yes, all people do have to deal with hormones, having sex prior to marriage or doing anything like unto it (i.e. viewing pornography and masturbation) is against God's law and is an extremely grave sin in the eyes of God. With that said, all of us do have weaknesses, and God understands this. However, it has been told to us to avoid any and all things which can lead to us breaking this commandment so that we can be obedient to this law to the best of our ability. If you have broken this law, repentance can always be granted, but it requires us confessing these sins to the leader of our congregation so he can help us find forgiveness. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Eric
Nope. I chose to and I'm loving it! Show more Show less