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Hi I'm John-Eric

I grew up in a few different places but mostly Columbus, Ohio. I now reside and have raised my family in Evington, Virginia.

About Me

I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for more years than I wasn't a member. I live in South Central Virginia and its an interesting place to be a member of the church in the heart of the Bible Belt, right where the buckle buckles. However the people here are some of the finest in the world. They are genuine good people that are followers of Jesus Christ and help to make this a great community to establish our home in and raise a family. I work as a Treasurer of a Water Well, Water Filtration, and Waste Water Treatment Construction Company. I love my life and feel that I have been blessed to have the blessing I have including my family and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

From the moment I met the missionaries I felt the light and spirit of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After study, prayer, and attending church I felt moved by the spirit to align myself with The Church and Gospel of Jesus Christ through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Now over 30 years later when people ask me if I am a Mormon I tell them, "Dyed in the wool, through and through." I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and this Church. It has guided my life and brought me so much joy that if I were to die tomorrow and would have to praise God for a truly happy life. After a few generations of alcoholism and divorce in my lineage I was able to draw a line in the sand and establish a new direction for this part of the lineage. The Gospel of Jesus Christ gives me the strength and hope to deal with life's everyday and more serious trials. When I am down I look to my Savior, Jesus Christ, and I receive the strength and hope to move forward and up! A quote from a favorite poem of mine, written by an unknown writer, which states, "Meet God in the morning, take him with you through the day…" It ends by stating, "…and if you follow faithfully this daily was to pray, you will never in your lifetime face another lonely or unmeetable day." I testify this is true. Meet God each day in prayer and walk with him through the day and it is a recipe for peace and happiness in all circumstances you may find yourself in throughout life.

How I live my faith

I have served in many callings of service over the years. Currently my wife and I serve as Coordinators of a Singles Family Home Evening Group. Family Home Evening is a church program held on Monday nights and is a time set aside to strengthen families by having a lesson, scripture based study, and recreational/social activities together. There are no church meetings and we are asked to clear our schedules for our families. We work with the Singles, divorced/widowed, that are 30 years old or older. We provide a place for them to gather for Family Home Evening every Monday night. Many of them have family that live far away or have never had a family. All are single and we enjoy the fellowship as we meet together weekly. Recently I completed an assignment to be part of a Young Single Adult Church Unit at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, Virginia. The singles attending these church units are age 18 - 30 years old. Most are attending university at SVU or other schools. Now I have accepted an assignment to work in a Congregation of our Church in Gretna, VA. Our congregation is small, but, powerful. I serve as a counselor to the leader of the congregation and also as the choir pianist and back-up to the church organist. In the community I try and live my faith by being a good example of what our faith, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, stands for. I have made many friends at church, work, and in this community. Many of my friends outside the Church have become defenders of the faith as they help correct misconceptions and misunderstandings about our faith in this area.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

John-Eric
In addition to our body being a precious gift from God that should be treated and kept healthy, God gave a law of health to Joseph Smith in 1833 that has helped provide us freedom from addiction and allowed us to have increased sensativity to the Holy Spirit in guiding us in our lives each day. Not only are there great physical blessings, but also great spiritual blessings and understanding. As in all times of God's dealings with his children here on earth, obedience to his counsel, in this dispensation the Word of Wisdom, brings blessing seen and unseen by avoiding these substances. The world teaches differently and talks of freedom of using these various habit forming and spirit destroying substances, however, true freedom comes from living the Word of Wisdom. It does not mean we will never be sick or fight a serious illness, but, we will spiritually have increased understanding, peace, and no fear in the future come what may. Show more Show less