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Hi I'm Eric Ray

I'm a Filipino-American. I love to sing. I'm a swimmer, wrestler, and runner. I'm a son. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Currently a college student doing my best to get through life. Some of my hobbies in the past, including things I did in high school are swimming, wrestling, cross country, marching & concert bands, and various clubs & student organizations including Student Council and Honor Society. At my core, music is my true passion - whether it be singing in the shower, playing my clarinet, or relaxing my fingers on the keys of the piano. I love life, long walks on the beach, and Christmas music. I enjoy simplicity and am consistently craving Mexican food. I love blogging and laughing. My height doesn't amount to my love, or the amount of food I truly eat. I am proud to be a Filipino. I am proud to be my mother's son. And I am proud to be a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert, having spent nearly my whole life as a devout Roman Catholic. While a member of the Catholic church, I participated in nearly every ministry and also volunteered as a Sunday School teacher. Yet it seemed as though although I did the most I could within the church, there was still something that lacked in my life. When I was sixteen years-old in high school, I went through trials that, I was convinced, were beyond my ability to handle. Being newly called to leadership positions at a young age, taking my first advanced placement classes, and being an active athlete as well (let's not forget about the grades and school work), put pressure on me that a newly turned, sixteen year-old just couldn't seem to handle. It seemed that my grades were going down, while my racing times were going up. Being blinded by my young mind and the trials that sat in front of me, I was convinced that things were just never going to get better, that I was all alone, and that no matter what I did, I was never going to please my coaches, directors, teachers or parents. Life didn't seem worth living. I was ready to give up. But little to my knowledge, all along, another sixteen year-old boy, alongside me in leadership in our high school marching band, had been guided to watch over me. He saw me as his brother, saw my struggles, and because of his faith and his sincere love, he gathered the courage to pick me up and introduce me to the church. He talked me through nights where I never thought I would make it through and helped me feel I wasn't alone. Through his example and love, I agreed to take the missionary lessons, and although skeptical at first, it didn't take long for me to see that this was truly the true church of Jesus Christ which I was able to learn through constant study and prayer. I know that I never truly experienced real happiness until I became a member of this church.

How I live my faith

This is simple, I know I live my faith by the way I live my life. Becoming a member of this church and having a testimony of Heavenly Father's love for me as His son has truly changed the way I look at myself and other people. It's in the small things. It's just all about doing the best I can everyday to live the way that Christ would have me live - whether it be holding the door open for the next person after me, helping an elderly person carry their groceries, or calling my mom just to tell her I love her. It's about smiling, making the best out of every situation, and just being positive. Life is hard as it is, I know that I don't need to make it any harder on myself.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Eric Ray
I think this is probably the greatest fruit that anyone can see in any member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our lifestyle is different because it's not on earthly standards, it's on heavenly standards. We are regular people just like everyone else in the world. Nothing is automatic about being Mormon. We having challenges, difficulties, and temptations just like everyone else. The only thing that helps us to do what's right is the strong knowledge we have and know through experience in being obedient to the standards that our Father in Heaven sets for us. Being Mormon isn't just a Sunday thing, it's a forever thing. We do our best to live our best in doing things everyday, all day to become closer to our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Eric Ray
It's no secret - God answers prayers. As His children, we are completely entitled to ask Him questions and expect to receive answers - as long as we do everything we can to show Him that we would like to receive those answers. Anyone can know that this church is true through sincere prayer, keeping an open heart. God will answer our prayers through the power of the Holy Spirit. For many people it is different but often is described as feelings of peace and comfort. On the surface, with eyes of man alone, we can see the great fruits of this church - including it's genuine people which build firm families and hold strong values. Yet to legitimately be able to have a sure knowledge, as well as to acquire that, we must ask God and test Him. He promises to answer, and I know that He will if you take His challenge to pray to know if this church is true. It's the way that I came to know, with many other millions across the world, and I know that you can know too. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Eric Ray
If we consider the details in the Savior's mortal ministry on earth as well as his organized church, we can see the principles that he demonstrated through his leadership. It's simple, the leaders of Jesus Christ's church are called to serve, not to be paid. Where service is the principle, love is the motivation. The church of Jesus Christ takes members called of God to lead them - normal, regular people. Jesus Christ took fishermen to be his apostles, whereas he could have taken people who were fairly religiously educated. And then he and his apostles served. He served the people with all his heart because he loved them, and did so without a financial expectation in return. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ, we live to serve one another, Latter-day Saint or not, because we know that that is the will of God. Service and love just lose meaning when they are hidden behind salary. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Eric Ray
Details. It's all about details. When I look at my life and the miracle it's been - whether it be the people I've met, place I've been, experiences I've had, or what have you, it's so evident to me that there is a hand there. It's such an amazing thing to look back and know that there is Someone Who loves and cares and has something laid out for me - bigger than what I could ever imagine. When we focus on the details of our lives. When we think about the people placed in our lives and the things we learn from them if we love them and let them love us, then I believe that we can too know that God is real. That He loves us. That He creates situations for us to be able to feel His love and believe in Him. Focusing on the details and seeing where His hand has been in my life, to me, is enough proof for me to know that there is indeed a God, a Father in heaven Who is eternal and knows His children. Show more Show less