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Hi I'm Erik

I'm a Mormon. I am a high school history teacher, basketball coach father of 5 and married to an amazing woman for over 11 years.

About Me

I love getting to know people and spending time with friends and family. When I find a spare moment I enjoy fly fishing, camping, hiking/hunting, playing basketball or projects around the house. Being a parent of 4 young girls with another on the way takes most of my time, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. As I have gotten older, my family has become the most important priority in my life. I find the greatest joys and happiness have come from being a husband and father.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because when I was in college I felt something was missing from my life. I had attended and been baptized in other churches, but wasn't active in any. In school I had a lot of friends that attended different churches and had different beliefs which we discussed into the wee hours of the morning. I went to different meetings and religious retreats trying to find answers to the questions that were important to me. If there is one God, does He have one church and if so how do I find it? I also was dismayed by what I perceived as hypocrisy, that people would say and do one thing at church and live entirely different during the week. On one of my quests I ended up at a Mormon Church and attended the meeting. The biggest difference there was that I felt peace and a sense that I was home, even though I didn't know very many people or the topics they were discussing. I would later find out that the feeling of peace was the Holy Ghost testifying of truth of the things I was reading and hearing. I had lots of questions and agreed to meet with the missionaries to try and find the answers. I wanted to know why God didn't have prophets today when it appeared that we had more problems than Moses or Noah? They taught me about the restoration of the gospel through Joseph Smith, the restoration of the priesthood or God's power to act on earth and that we have a prophet and apostles today. I learned that families can be eternal and that God does answer our prayers. After meeting with the missionaries and reading parts of the Book of Morman for a few months I knew I was at home, that this was the true church and that I needed to be baptized.I know that this church is true, that the Bible and Book of Morman are the words of God and that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know of our struggles, love us and want us to be happy. I know that we can learn the truth of all things if we sincerely ask God in Prayer with a sincere heart and open mind.

How I live my faith

I try to live my religion, by volunteering and serving others in my community. I love to brighten someone's day with a compliment or by sharing a good laugh. I do my best to be a good father and husband by reserving time to be with my family even during the busiest times of the year(basketball season). I try to give people the benefit of the doubt by allowing them a second and third chance and find those who many have overlooked due to appearances or shortcomings that may not be considered "normal." As a teacher and coach, I do everything I can to provided good, positive experiences for young people that allow them to develop character and realize that the best things in life don't have to be purchased in a store or that being like everyone else isn't all that media and others want you to believe it will be. Through school and athletics I help young people discover the hidden power and abilities they possess. With a little hard work and application they can create greatness and achieve their personal goals. I hope to give them the skills and confidence they need to take charge of their lives and do great things. I live my faith by trying to be a man of integrity and character. Honesty is the best policy and somewhat of a lost art in this high paced digital society in which we live.

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

Things that tell me there is a God. My children. I know that I didn't do that on my own. I also look at all the natural beauty there is and how everything works out in nature and is inspiring. Show more Show less