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Hi I'm Eric

I'm a school teacher, a scientist, a husband, and a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love reading all sorts of books, though I definitely favor non-fiction. I enjoy hiking and camping in the Cascade mountains, and especially enjoy climbing mountains (though I don't get to do it as much as I'd like). I love exploring and going to places I've never been to before. I have a Ph.D. in chemistry, and currently teach high school in a rural town in central Washington. I love exploring the world through science and encouraging my students to do the same. I've been married to my wonderful wife for over ten years, and we are blessed with three wonderful children (the older two are adopted) with one on the way.

Why I am a Mormon

My Mormon roots run very deep--I have to go back five generations to find ancestors who were not members of the church, and a number of my ancestors knew Joseph Smith personally, so there is no doubt that my family heritage plays an enormous role in making me a Mormon today. At the same time, every generation must discover for itself the convictions that will carry them forward for the rest of their lives, and for many of my ancestors to become part of this church, they had to walk away from a family heritage that was at least as deep as the one they have left me. So ultimately, my convictions about my faith come not from my ancestors, but from my own prayer, study, and confirmations that I have received after asking the Lord in prayer.

How I live my faith

James says that "faith without works is dead," and that "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their afflictiion." I believe that one lives one faith by serving others and meeting their needs, whether they are members of this church, or not. That is one of the reasons I became a teacher. I also help serve the youth in the church by teaching them similar principles, and helping them make plans to learn and share the gospel, and to serve others. I try to remember that my actions speak so loudly, people will never hear my words, and live so that people see something worth emulating in my lifestyle.