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Hi I'm Eric Bunker

I'm a 4th and 5th generation Mormon. I grew up and still live in Arizona.

About Me

I am a father of 5 natural children and 4 foster cilderen a grandfather to 14. I have been married in the temple twice, the first time for 10 years and the last for 28 years to a very wonderful woman. My biggest challenges in life have been my very abusive first marriage and its outflow. The second is a disabling illness most of my life which forced my wife and I to change roles. I am now on Kidney dialysis. I spend most of my time dealing with my illnesses. What remainder energy I have left I use in helping take care of my family and in serving in the church. I have been a clerk for two wards and two stakes for the last 15 years. I am now serving as a clerk for our local area authority and his executive secretary involved with prison ministries. I love religious music and when I can, I compose and arrange music along with singing in ensembles and choirs. When I feel good enough and am able, my wife and I like to take walks. I have a tender spot for those who experience abuse, especially those who are separated from their children, even adult children by the severe abuse called Parent Alienation Syndrome. So often, I see the affected ones quit coming to church. More especially the ones who perceive that local leadership is against them and believing the false assertions of a former spouse. I desire all those to come back, regardless of perceived public perceptions. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is everything.

Why I am a Mormon

My own testimony has not come as one overwhelming event, but as line upon line over a long period of time. It has been the wisdom of the Lord to try me severely in the furnace of afflictions. We all will need the atonement of our Savior for our sins, small and big. Never the less, I have chosen for it to not be in my nature to commit serious sin, and have never needed the atonement for that. However, my afflictions have come by the way of physically week flesh and at the hands of other who have misapplied their free agency. I have found that the atonement covers this also, that it is the Lord’s method of making things fair and just in the end. Because of my trials, I have faced the hard decision of being angry at God, the Church and the world, or to do like Job and exclaim, “I know that my Redeemer liveth”. That I do know, and what peace it gives me. The spiritual avenues it opens up is significant.

How I live my faith

At home, I read scriptures with wife and myself. I have personal and family prayers. All of my children are gone, so we don’t often do a formal home evening. At times when health allows, we serve as temple ordnance workers

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Eric Bunker
The Bible is full of prophets. Each in there day, declared the word as directed by the Lord. Many lost their lives because of it. Joseph Smith is no different. He is regarded the same as Moses, Abraham, Peter and Paul. All of them testified of the divinity and mission of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the requirements of his gospel. Show more Show less