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Hi I'm Eric

I grew up in California. I am a cancer survivor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single guy working full time while going to graduate school at night. I was born in Arizona but grew up in California. I enjoy playing golf, and movies. When the weather permits I like to be outside having a BBQ with family and friends. My best friend and I in high school taught ourselves to break dance and have been doing it since. When I was twenty years old, I was diagnosed with stage 4 non-hodgkins lymphoma cancer. After having the cancer surgically removed, I went through 6 months of chemotherapy before the cancer was declared in remission. Since that time I have gone on to earn a bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in business. I am currently working on getting my master's degree in public administration while working full time as a sales manager.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate enough to be raised in a family that encouraged us to make wise choices. My parents would have me and my siblings go to church every Sunday with them, but more importantly they would also stress the importance of us reading our scriptures and praying on our own time. My dad grew up in a very inactive family, and so he and my mom always felt it was important for them to set a good example. Throughout school, I had many friends of varying faiths. Whenever I would spend time with them, I could just tell that there was something missing in their lives. Many of them, if they believed in Christ, were very passive about it. As I got older, I could see that this absence of faith and stability was leading them in a different direction then I knew I wanted to go. Going to church and reading the Book of Mormon, helped me find my direction as well as know the things that I wanted in Life. More importantly, going to church helped me realize that I had a Father in heaven who knew me and wanted me to be happy. By going to church I was better able to understand my purpose in life, and know that my family could be eternal. It was this faith in God and the atonement of Christ that helped me keep a smile on my face when I was diagnosed with cancer. I knew that even if I were to move on from this life on earth, my existence still had a purpose. More importantly I knew that because I had lived by the commandments, I would still get to see and be with my family again.

How I live my faith

Before getting diagnosed with cancer, I served as a missionary in Novosibirsk Russia. Since I am now a student, I attend a ward full of college aged students. My current calling gives me multiple avenues with which to serve the needs of those in the area. I am frequently given the opportunity to teach in church which provides me countless opportunities to share my testimony with others in my ward. More importantly, it provides me an avenue to be a positive influence and example like my dad was to me. One of my duties is to make sure everyone household has a home teacher who can also be a worthy priesthood holder. With my calling, I am able to assist with the building up of individuals who may be in need of a friend, or in need of service. Outside of church, I am still able to be an example to others by showing them my conviction to living the gospel and following the commandments to the best of my ability. I am by no means perfect, however, I do my best to follow the commandments and be an example to those in church or in my regular life.