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Hi I'm Eric

I'm a retired police officer from California now living in Utah near where many of my ancestors lived. Me? I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I raised our four children in large, busy metropolitan areas in California. All of my three son's and my son-in-law and a daughter-in-law have served full-time missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; our youngest son is currently serving in the Georgia Atlanta-North Mission. We love spending time with our children, their families and our grandchildren - collectively these are our most precious gifts. Many times I have asked myself why I have been blessed so much to have such a great family! We love laughing, eating and spending time doing outdoors things. Hunting, fishing, and exploring Southern Utah in our Jeep make up a bulk of the things we love to do. After more than 30 years in California law enforcement I finally retired and moved my family to Southern Utah. I worked a variety of assignments in my career - I worked in: the jail, uniformed patrol, rode a police motorcycle, worked a narcotics which provided an opportunity to learn to fly helicopters - yes, it IS as fun as it looks!. I worked as a sergeant in patrol, administration and the detective bureau for the last 12 years or so before retiring. Finally, while working, with four young children at home, I attending college and ultimately earned a masters degree. I was privileged to attend the FBI's National Academy in 1999 and haven't stopped learning!

Why I am a Mormon

My mother comes from a Utah pioneer family, my father - raised a devout Baptist. It seems almost odd that they would marry, but shortly before my birth my dad begin learning what "Mormons" were by visiting with the missionaries. I thank two diligent sister missionaries for teaching my dad the Gospel of Jesus Christ; I and my family are beneficiaries of their dedicated service. Like most, I gained strength from the testimony of my parents but such strength can only last so long - sooner or later one needs to find out for themselves if what they've been taught all of their life is true. And so I did. I never had a heavenly visitor appear to me nor anything like it. What I have experienced is the sweet promptings of the Spirit of the Lord confirming to ME that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, and that Joseph Smith saw what he said he saw - our Heavenly Father and the Savior and became an instrument in His hands to restore the gospel to earth again. I have a unique testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ - the gift He gave to us to help us overcome all the pains, sickness, sin, heartache and everything that is unfair in life. My favorite quote is, "everything unfair in life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ!" How true it is. I have been serving as a bishop in a university ward for the last 18 months. I have seen first hand how the miracle of forgiveness works in the lives of Heavenly Father's children. I have felt that same relief in my own life as I've overcome my own weaknesses. I have come to know that I will never understand "how" it works, but I have a burning testimony that it works! I've felt in work in my life and I've seen many lives change - even when some of those people didn't think they could. I've seen lives change, hope and virtue restored, and the light of Christ return to the soul of those who have struggled in darkness. Why am I a Mormon? Because personal revelation works and I know that Jesus is the Christ!

How I live my faith

I love being a member of the Church. As I've already mentioned I serve as a bishop of a Young Single Adult ward (ages 18-30) at our local university. My wife I are with those young people more than a couple of nights a week and we have really grown to love each of them. We love their energy, their excitement about their futures, their hopes and dreams and yes, sometimes their disappointments. I am amazed at the strength of the future leaders of the Church and our country and gain strength simply by associating with them. Because we live in a rather close knit community it is important that I live my faith as best I can. First, my calling requires it, plain and simple. It's difficult to be a strength to others when your own life and behavior are in turmoil. To be close to the Spirit is a necessity and I find that it is much easier to fulfill my responsibilities in the ward and at home when I am living the Gospel. Next, I want to please my Heavenly Father and thank him for the blessings I have received and continuously receive. I have figured out that I receive more in the way of blessings that I give back to Heavenly Father. I don't know if I'll ever be "even" with Him. He loves us so much and wants us to be happy - we just have to work hard to do our part. The scriptures remind us, "If ye love me, keep my commandments". Finally, I am and forever will be indebted beyond my ability to repay to a loving Savior - our Heavenly Father's Only Begotten Son, the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. I have felt ashamed when I know that I have not "done my part" because it makes me feel as though I don't appreciate the love of my Savior and Father in Heaven. The Savior's sacrifice came at a great cost and in return he asks only that we live the commandments, remain worthy of and faithful to the covenants we've made, and to endure to the end - in other words, to live our lives as good Latter-day Saints.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Eric
Yes! We love the Bible and teachings found in its pages. Personally I love to read about the life of Christ as it occurred. The "Gospels" - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, share such insight about the love and attributes of Jesus. The lessons he was teaching to the Twelve Apostles would be necessary for them to learn and understand when his ministry would end with His great atoning sacrifice. A careful study of the Bible - both in the Old and New Testaments - point very clearly to the fact that Jesus is the Son of God, born in the flesh with a divine mission to save all mankind. Not coincidentally, the Book of Mormon contains the same teachings and doctrine found in the Bible. It isn't disguised nor is it diluted or ambiguous - the Book of Mormon testifies that God's Only Begotten Son, even Jesus Christ, is the Savior and Redeemer of World. Show more Show less