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Hi I'm Eric

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in North Dakota, and have proudly served our country most of my adult life.

About Me

I am both an vid cyclist (as the weather permits) and student of history. Trained as a diplomatic historian, I have branched out in military and Ecclesiastical history. My favorites from that study, respectively, are Otto von Bismarck and Paul. I am also, as time permits, very much in cooking and gardening.

Why I am a Mormon

My journey to the church has been one of meanders and twists, with each twist bringing me steadily closer to the church. I began life as an atheist, and my actions toward God would have made a young Saul blush. Fortunately, God is patient and he simply doesn't give up. There is a limit to what man can do alone, and having acjieved that, I discovered I was missing something rather important. Thanks to some wonderful friends, I was brought into a church where I could finally acknowledge God, only to discover he had been waiting for me to come to him that entire time. Neverthless, having found God, does not mean we have all the tools to follow God correctly. When I found myself drifting down paths I knew were not right, I prayed and asked God for to help me find the right choice to follow him. Within hours, no joke, two missionaries were knocking on my door. That was hard to ignore. Even harder to ignore was the first service, where I recieved a message that appeared to have been tailor made for me and what I was struggling with. I was not at all comfortable with what I heard initially, but our friends, those who really care about us, tell us what we need to hear, not what we wish to hear. When you what is right, there is just no other path to take.

How I live my faith

As a relatively new member of the church, I think the best way that I practice the faith is through simply obiedence. It is sometimes hard to see ourselves, and the challenges of the church standards allow us to planely see ourselves in light of that objective standard. Some of the things that I thought would be a challenge were not, while others, such as avoiding certain language, have proven more difficult. However, the more I allow these standards and the strenths and weaknesses the lay bear to be addressed, the better off I feel and know that I am behaving.