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Hi I'm Erik

I grew up in Oregon. Now I'm studying biology in Hawaii. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like music, meaning, I like to create or listen to it. I love the outdoors. I like to go hiking, going to the beach, and enjoying God's creations. Right now I'm a college student studying biology. Not quite sure what I want to do with it yet. I have a connection with Japan since I lived there for two years and can speak the language. I love the people and the culture.

Why I am a Mormon

I have felt that there is a God and that He does care about us in this crazy world. I have grown up LDS my whole life but it has been through my own personal experiences such as prayer, and reading from the Bible or Book of Mormon, that I have come to know if there is a God and what He wants me to do in order to attain peace and long-lasting happiness in this life. His Plan of Happiness or Plan of Salvation makes sense and it applies to me since I have relatives who have recently died. Knowing about that Plan has helped me understand life and death more, and as a result I have peace of mind knowing where they are and where I will be going.

How I live my faith

I am involved in missionary work in my in church. I am not a full-time missionary but I help the full-time missionaries. I like to tell people about the message that God wants His children to hear and how it can bless them now and in the future.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

The part I would like to emphasize on the official Church answer is that we believe people will have the right to choose whether or not they would like to be baptized or accept those ordinances after this life. Recently, I have heard a lot of concern about being "forced" into the Mormon religion after death. God will not force anyone to choose anything contrary to what they believe, but He has allowed that chance and decision for everyone. We believe that baptism is essential for salvation, and everyone has that chance to receive it in this life or the next. Like the rest of us in this life, those deceased can choose to accept or decline baptism. Remember, Christ in His mortal ministry never forced anyone into His Church but invited them to come unto Him. Show more Show less