What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Eric

I'm a husband, father of 4, engineer, a pretty regular old person and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 41 year old father of 4. I'm an engineer in the semiconductor industry. I love to ride motorcycles and have owned and ridden many motorcycles over my years. My current bike is actually a scooter (650cc) which I've found I like more than any of the cruisers or touring bikes I've owned. My next bike will be a goldwing for sure. I've recently discovered an interest in sailing and have acquired a catamaran that I will be taking out soon for it's maiden voyage. I enjoy designing and building things, from landscaping the yard, working on cars, remodeling my home, model RC planes, etc. I enjoy doing anything when it involves my children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a mormon. Some think that when you were born and raised a mormon, you just accept the teachings and organization of the church as true because that's all you know. This is not the case. There comes a time in everyone's life when one must come to an understanding and knowledge of the truthfullness of something when you dedicate so much time and effort to it. This was the case with me. As I grew in my teenage years, I wanted to know for myself if all these things I had learned through my life were true or if I was just going through the motions because someone else believed they were true. It was after I took the time and effort to study the teachings of the gospel, to read the book of mormon, to learn about the history of the church, that I found for myself the truthfulness of what I had already known. Where I had questions, I found answers. Where I had doubts, I was reassured. My knowledge and conviction of the truthfulness of the church didn't happen in one swift moment. It happened over time through countless confirmations through the spirit of the truthfulness of the things that I questioned. It was a collection of those experiences that caused me to be able to say that I know, with certainty, that this gospel is true. One of the things I love about the gospel is that it enables me to live my life in a way that is different than many. Where others look for acceptance and reassurance through society, I find my comfort and acceptance in the love I have for my family, the service I give others, and the clean and virtuous life I live. It will always be possible to find those individuals that might not act according to the principles we profess. But, those who live their lives in accordance with the gospel will surely stand out as unique, different, and happy.

How I live my faith

I like to live my faith by just trying to be a nice person and show others that I care. I want to stand out as different, not because I do something to myself to look different or try to be unique in the way I act. I want to stand out because I live a wholesome life and refrain from things that are immoral, degrading, or impolite. Sometimes living what you believe is not popular and you don't fit in. But, I've always found that people respect you when you live according to what you believe no matter what situation you are in or who is around. I don't try to push my faith on anyone, but prefer to show my faith by the way I act. I'm always happy to talk about my beliefs but I also recognize there are some that aren't interested in hearing about the gospel time and time again and I respect that and just hope that by observing how I live and the happiness that I have will allow them to show interest at some time in their life. I've served in a variety of callings in my ward and each has it's own challenge and rewards. That's the great thing about the church is that it gives you the opportunity to serve in a variety of capacities. I've found that working with the children and the youth brings about the greatest rewards.