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Hi I'm Erik

I grew up in Washington state. I love playing pickleball. I am a father of two strapping boys. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy being involved in outdoor activities such as hiking, biking (especially with my wife and kids), soccer, kickball and family walks. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in construction management from Brigham Young University and work for a large general contractor in the Seattle area. I will forever be grateful to my sister-in-law for setting up my wife and I on a blind date. My wife and I come from large families and I enjoy spending time with all the family members, notably my nieces and nephews who keep me on the run and feeling young. I served a proselyting mission to the country of Ghana (Africa) for my faith. The wonderful people of Ghana taught me so much about attitude, gratitude, humility and the importance of soccer (futbol). I am an Eagle Scout and enjoy participating in the scouting program. Through the scouting program I have been on two 50-mile hikes, 50+ mile canoe trip, numerous camp-outs, whitewater rafting on the Snake and Wenatchee Rivers, and a sail boat trip. My dad, brothers (all three of them) and I summitted Mt. Whitney (Highest point in the 48 states at 14,497 ft) together in one day (21 mile round trip). I am a fan of Louis L'Amour books and am currently reading the Sackett series. I love my family!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a member of the church. My testimony of the gospel was not an overnight occurrence. As I lived principles of the gospel in my youth, such as tithing (paying 10% of my gross income), I gained a testimony through the goodness I felt after living those principles. I received a stronger testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the First Vision when my family and I visited the Sacred Grove in Palmyra, NY. I was sixteen at the time and can remember the distinct feeling I had as I sat in the Sacred Grove and pondered the First Vision. I felt a warm assurance that the Prophet Joseph Smith did indeed see God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, and that he restored Christ's church on the earth as it is today. I know that the times I am the happiest are the times when I am living the gospel of Jesus Christ as closely as I can, such as when I am serving others, attending church, praying with real intent, studying the gospel and attending the temple. The temple is a sanctuary from the evils of the world. The Spirit of the Lord is present in the temple and as I attend the temple I know that I am where I should be and that I am in a sacred place. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is led by a living prophet today in President Thomas S. Monson. I know that Jesus Christ leads His church through President Monson. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I know that true happiness can be felt by all through the living of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I am fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity and assignment to home teach and visit several wonderful individuals and families each month and present them with a spiritual message, check on their physical and spiritual welfare, and provide help when necessary. I always come away from my interactions with them feeling happier and grateful for our relationship. I enjoy serving some of the local Special Olympic's athletes each year at a regional swim meet. I organize volunteers from work and church to help run the event. I know as we are serving those choice individuals that we are doing His work. I have participated when called with the Cub Scouts and Varsity Scouts in my local area. I have helped to organize sporting events between the youth and the men. I speak at youth events and at church when requested. I strive to show my inward happiness outwardly by smiling, shaking hands and giving high fives to the youth, co-workers, friends and family. Living the Gospel should be and is a happy thing. Come and enjoy the happiness!