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Hi I'm Eric.

I’m a lucky husband, dad, an ex-expat, Colorado transplant, adventure seeker, ad man and singer-songwriter. And "Mormon."

About Me

I'm a proud Colorado transplant by way of the west coast, east coast, Midwest, tropical south, Germany and UK. I've been married to my best friend and wife since 2006 and we have two small kids - a boy and a girl. I play guitar and sing for people whenever they care to listen. I've released a couple albums of original music and love the pursuit and performance of song. I grew up in a very musical household and it seems to be ingrained in who I am. Sitting alone and playing my guitar can be just as fun as playing for someone else or witnessing another's great songs and I'm very grateful for its versatile role in my life. I'm an outdoor enthusiast and can't get enough to Colorado's high alpine adventure. Being in the outdoors, breathing fresh air and reaching a beautifully wild destination on my own steam is my definition of fun. It's relaxing and thrilling at the same time. My favorite time to think and my therapy. I work at an ad agency and I like what I do because what I do is always changing. My job revolves around different clients, industries, media and projects all the time. I haven't been bored in years.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a skeptic and a dreamer. I can be logical to a fault but I don't like accepting limitations imposed on me by other people or society in general. There tends to be a duality to much of my thinking and I'm a Mormon in part because of that. My faith has taught me how to balance a rewarding relationship with with God while coexisting with a thriving and active life in today's real world. I've challenged and tested the truth that is taught in this church and it has brought me closer to a Heavenly Father that I may otherwise not have taken the time and effort to know. I'm glad I'm Mormon because my natural tendency might otherwise be lazier than it ought to in matters both temporal and spiritual. I actively participate in this church because it gives me copious opportunities to actually be Christian: That is, it provides ample opportunities to serve others, consider my life's priorities and appreciate the value of dedication in the everyday and eternal realm of things. My participation in church provides much-appreciated reminders that God exists, and that He's mindful of me. Personal study of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (as taught in the church) has brought me enlightenment and great happiness. But life can also be hard. I feel that the church has served me much more than I have used the church as a vehicle to serve others. I'm proud and fortunate to be part of an organization that is so focused on serving others. It grounds me and elevates me at the same time. In short, I'm a Mormon because of the "what if?" test. I've studied the story of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I've asked myself "What if this is true? Hypothetically, what would that mean for me? And my family? How big of a deal would this be if it had any validity?" I've tested it and I'm humbled by the resulting gifts and blessings in my life.

How I live my faith

I'm surrounded by good, smart, creative people in my work, community, hobbies, and day to day adventures. People come to me with questions about my faith much more than I bring it up. It's been fun to debunk misconceptions people hold of members and teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. Sometimes through simple living, and sometimes through simple explanation. It's always enlightening and educational. I serve in the local ward of my church wherever I live. I've served as a full-time missionary and representative of the church in Germany. In the US I've taught the teenagers on Sunday, organized events for the congregation to have some fun together during the week, and even helped lead the local Boy Scout and Cub Scout chapters chartered by the church. I enjoy mentoring and I love connecting with people who I may be able to help, usually through the simple act of being an open-minded friend. I try to be a good friend outside of the church too, of course. I am blessed to have great friends and acquaintances that have never discussed my faith with me and may even be surprised to find me writing this here. I hope I can continue to live my faith by always being there for my friends and always being respectful and friendly to those I meet. After all, as cliché as it may sound, we're all brothers and sisters.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Eric.
Think of what a secular nutritionist or doctor might suggest are the ideal habits to have and avoid in what you put into your body. Not the average diet, rather the ideal diet. It may be a slight oversimplification, but what we call the "Word of Wisdom" is pretty much just normal, good practice: eat healthy, get exercise, avoid addictive substances. It's kind of an obvious thing that we just take more seriously than most others, because in addition to good sense, we also believe it's part of what can bring help us lead happier, more spiritual lives. And that's what God has promised us if we give it the old college try. Now, I just need to exercise more and lay off the cookies and pizza a little. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Eric.
Yep. I fell in love with the Bible when I finally took the effort to read it on my own. It's a companion scripture that opens doors to understanding in the Book of Mormon, just as the Book of Mormon's script opens doors of understanding in the Bible. As with any important text, it does matter how it's been translated, and it does require true study, but as long as it's been translated correctly, we're all about it. Show more Show less