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Hi I'm Eric

I grew up in the northwest, I have a wife, three kids, an engineering degree, I love physical fitness and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live with my wife and three kids (two girls and a boy) in a suburb of Tacoma Washington. I have a degree in Civil Engineering however I currently work in the sales department for a precast concrete company which is where I found myself after being laid off because of the housing market collapse in 2008. I truly enjoy the outdoors and good hard physical labor. I am passionate about exercise. I try to learn new things about exercise and nutrition each day and implement that knowledge into my daily life. I could talk about heath for hours if given the opportunity. I have always enjoyed creating things. Growing up I was an avid drawer, and still enjoy it when time allows. I also like to build things with wood and every now and then metal. While my wife and I were in college I built lots of things for our home including an entertainment center, a few tables, and a stool all out of scrap wood I found around town. I did this for two reasons, one was to save some money but the other was that it was just fun to take something I found and create something completely different out of it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church, you could say I lived the cookie cutter Mormon kid life. My parents are both active members so I went to church every Sunday, attended all my classes, participated in seminary, boy scouts, went on a mission at 19 etc. Being raised in that culture it never seemed strange to me to live the standards I was taught, in fact I enjoyed living my standards as I felt it gave me direction, guidance and kept me safe. Being raised in the church did not preclude me from having to gain my own testimony of it. As a teenager I spent time each day studying the scriptures and praying to understand the gospel better and know what was right. It occurred to me one day that everything the church taught hinged on the Book of Mormon being true, the logical progression in my mind was: If the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith was a true prophet and what he said was true. If what Joseph Smith said was true, then he did see Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven, and the church established by Jesus Christ, through Joseph Smith is also true. Having the Book of Mormon in hand I decided that was the best place to start. So one day I sat down and read it non stop for three days until I finished it. I then prayed to know if it was true or not. In all honesty I did not hear a voice or have any magnificent revelation, and even though my heart was full of joy and happiness for quite some time afterward, I didn't notice. I repeated this process each summer for about four years and one day as I was thinking about it, like a revelation to my mind, I realized that the feelings of joy and happiness that came from reading the Book of Mormon were from an infusion of the spirit of the Lord, that those feeling were the "fruits of the spirit" and they were coming into my life because the Book of Mormon is true. Today I continue to strengthen my testimony of that book but more especially my testimony of Jesus Christ as my Savior and redeemer.

How I live my faith

I think the main way I live my faith is by trying to be the best husband and father I can be. The teachings of the church center around building a strong family and I believe it is one of the most important things we can do. I try to spend time with my kids each day teaching them, playing with them, and helping them learn. I also try to do as much as I can to help my wife take care of our kids and our home. I believe the church is basically a service organization. That we as members of the church really just do the best we can to help each other live Christ like lives. Serving in the church is something I take very seriously. I have had many responsibilities given to me over the years. Currently I have been asked to be the scout master for our wards scout troop. In all honesty it is a position I do not feel prepared to do, and it is difficult for me, but I also believe that the Lord will bless me for my service and help me to run a good scout program for the boys that I am responsible for. Blessing the lives of others through the service I give in the church is very rewarding. I regularly study the scriptures and pray because I feel they are the fundamentals of maintaining the spirit of the Lord with me each day, and I want that guidance. I continually try to understand what the Lord wants me to do with my life in helping and serving others that I might be of benefit and do the things that he would do to bless the lives of the people around me if he were here instead of me. I am by no means perfect, but I try to my best each day.