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Hi I'm Eric

I was born in Hawaii. My dad was in the navy. My parents joined the church when I was about 4. I am a surgeon, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am blissfully married with three children, two teenage girls, and a pre-teen boy. I enjoy attending their activities including horseback riding and show choir competitions, track and crosscountry meets, and football games. I am very busy with my job as a surgeon, but try to arrange my schedule around their activities. I also enjoy exercising, and try to find time to stay in shape. I have competed in a couple of triathlons, but my total hip replacement this spring may confine me to duathlons or team competitions from here on. I spent my recovery from surgery painting a 4x5 foot oil on canvas with some help from my 2nd daughter. I recovered quicker than I painted though, and it still isn't quite done. I have done some woodworking off and on over the years. As my pre-surgery-keep-my-mind-off-what-I-was-about-to-go-through therapy, I carved my own cane which I used during my recovery. I served a two-year mission in Taiwan many years ago, and still have hopes of returning to China some day, but this time it will be with the companion of my choice--my wife. She is my best friend and partner in almost everything I do. She is the most devoted and dedicated mom you can imagine. The beliefs we share are a huge part of our relationship, and largely responsible for the team/partner approach we have in raising our kids. Knowing that we are number 1 in importance to eachother helps everything else in life to stay in its place and in working order...as much as possible.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was basically raised in the church, there are many reasons why I have chosen this as MY religion, and the church inwhich we are raising our children. Growing up, I had a number of experiences which developed and strengthened my testimony. I saw my mother recieve a priesthood blessing which immediately healed her. I had spiritual experiences as I read and studied the scriptures which convinced me that the teachings of this church are true, and the church is everything it claims to be as the restored church of Jesus Christ. It wasn't until I was in my early 20's though that I had what I consider the most significant confirmation of my testimony in my life. I had met a young lady who thought Mormons drank out of bowls, weren't allowed to dance or wear make-up, and a number of other interesting misconceptions. As she found out I was Mormon and we cleared up some of the confusion, she decided she wanted to educate herself a bit on this widely misunderstood church. As her questions were answered, curiosity became interest, and the more she learned, the more it interested her. Questions about life and death which she had sought her whole life were answered. Beliefs about the nature of God which she personally held, contrary to her church growing up, were confirmed. The day we prayed together that she could know whether the church was true, brought an experience to ME which I will always look back on as when the spirit etched into my soul that these things are true. I was praying for HER to know, but the spirit came so strongly to MY heart and mind, that when we finished praying we both just cried. She was baptized a week later, and we were married a year later. I am always amazed at how my testimony continues to grow as I watch my own children learn and grow and I share experiences with them. I am so grateful for the guidance the gospel provides to help me as a parent and husband.

How I live my faith

Living this faith is really a lifestyle. It's not just a matter of going to church on Sunday...for about 5 hours each week. The regular meeting schedule is 3 hrs., but I also serve as a counselor to the bishop who is the eclesiastical leader of our congregation. We meet before and after the usual meetings to discuss the needs of individuals in the congregation and how those needs can be met. We also plan social activities for the members and their families and friends. I like the fact that the Sunday meetings include a class with the men and women seperately, then a class divided by age groups, then a combined meeting with the entire congregation. This allows the gospel to be taught and discussed in a way that meets the needs and interests of the members from multiple perspectives. We really try as a church to teach correct principles and then allow people to govern themselves. It is not just a matter of learning the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but learning to live it. I am so amazed at how helpful the teachings are in raising a family. I know I wouldn't have as good of a relationship with my wife and children if it weren't for the teachings of this church. The greatest teacher is example, so it's not just a matter of telling my kids what they should/shouldn't do, but showing them. I know that as I show my love for their mother by treating her with respect and caring, they can learn to do the same with their spouce one day. We teach the importance of the choices we make, and being held accountable for our decisions. As I pray for God's help even in small decisions, I can see the guidance and direction He gives me. I know He really is aware of me and answers even small prayers that I offer, for myself or in behalf of my family members. We don't just teach our kids to be honest, we try to be honest in everything we do. My children are learning that you can do what is easy, or you can do what is right... but you have to live with the outcome either way.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Joseph Smith is respected, revered, loved and acknowledged as a prophet of God just as Moses, Abraham, Noah, or any other Biblical prophet. He was chosen by God to restore His gospel to the earth in our day. There is nothing in the teachings of our church that describe or encourage any type of worship of Joseph Smith. We do not pray to or through him. He was a man like any other man on this earth, born of mortal parents. He will give an accounting of his life to be judged for his works, just as you and I will. He sealed his testimony of the experiences he had with his life. He suffered tremendously at the hands of those who did not believe his claims, and ultimately was murdered because he would not deny or recount his story. He deserves to be remembered and praised for his courage and faith, and for the wealth of knowledge that he received and recorded for our benefit. Worshipped, no. Remembered and honored, absolutely. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

This may be the most frustrating question to me as a member of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. We absolutely praise and worship Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. He is the only means for us to return to live with our Father in Heaven. Without the atonement of Jesus Christ there would be no way for us to repent of our sins and receive forgiveness. Some have decided to redefine Christian to include only those who share their exact beliefs in the Trinity, rather than those who learn and follow the teachings of Christ. I know that Jesus Christ lived on the earth as the only child born of God. I know that He lived a perfect life and that He died for my sins. I have accepted Him and worship Him as my personal Savior and Redeemer. I have come to this knowledge directly through the teachings of this church. To anyone who would consider this question logically and honestly, YES Mormons are Christians. Show more Show less