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Hi I'm Eli

I grew up on a small farm and am now attending grad school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently attending graduate school to obtain a masters degree in Entomology. I have a lovely wife and two little boys whom I love dearly. I was raised in a small town where I grew up doing farm work. It instilled in me a good work ethic and a desire to strive to better myself. I love to fly fish, snowboard, snowmobile, play sports, play the trumpet, and watch movies with my wife. Everything I have in this life that is good, I owe to my Heavenly Father. I want nothing more than to express my gratitude to him and strive to do his will. I am not perfect at it but I am confident that He is alwayse there to help me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church and that has had a great impact on my decision to be an active member. But as most children do, I grew up and began to wonder. One benifit to growing up in the country is the ability to see far into the night sky. To see the vastness of space and question the presence of a all powerful being who knows me. I was told in church that if I was unsure about the things in the church, I needed to ask God and find out for myself. I somethimes wonder if that is why the promptings of the spirit are so hard to describe to people. So they will have to find out for themselves. I remember staring up into that night sky and asking myself if I really believed God called prophets today. Everytime I felt this way I would take a drive into the hills to be by myself where I could pray. There was many times where I knelt and prayed on a hillside and asked God if the Book of Mormon was true and if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is directed by a prophet. I didn't get my answers all at once and now that I look back I am grateful for that. It required me to work a little harder to get my answers. I can tell you now that I do know that the Book of Mormon is true and that President Thomos S. Monson is a true prophet of God and is led by revelation. I know this because "Flesh and blood has not reveiled it unto me, but my Father which is in Heaven." I am a member of this church because I want to live with my wife and family for eternity, not just here on earth. To me, the church is everything. My job, my apartment, my car, everything I own is a means to and end for me. All my posentions are just the means by which I can serve my Father in Heaven. That is the most important thing I can do. I give this my testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

As I mentioned in my testimony, I view all my material posetions as a means to serve Heavenly Father in his work. I have a job and I feel that is so that I can support my family and teach them the teachings of Jesus Christ. If I don't do that, then I might as well not have a job. Similarly I feel that I need to devote my time to heavenly father as well. I heard it said that our lives are made up of our time and choices. that is how I try to live my faith. Right now I am serving as the Young Men's president in our church where I look after the young men and help them learn about the gospel. I love it. We try to teach these young men how to serve their fellow men and thus serve God. We do service projects, scouting events such as scouting for food, friends of scouting etc. I also volunteer to help a local non-denominational organization that is devoted to help homeless families in the area. It is a wonderful opportunity to again, serve my fellow man. I feel that my testimony of the church is strengthened when I get my hands dirty and start serving. As a hometeacher in the church I get the privilage to get to know a few of the families in the ward on a more personal basis and help them when they have hard times, as we all do. I know that it is not works that get you into heaven, it is the faith in Jesul Christ and his atonement that can do that. But I feel that works are a natural product of my faith and thus "faith without works is dead, being alone." I was raised to take action and that is how I live my faith, through study, and then action.