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Hi I'm Erik

I'm from Wyoming, I'm tied for oldest of 4 kids, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am from Wyoming and am taking a couple years off from college to serve a mission. I am tied for oldest and have two younger brothers. I love being outside doing anything, hiking, camping, mountain climbing, ultimate frisbee. I love driving, my car is my castle. I think that you can learn something from everyone. Happiness is a choice so im one of the glass half full types.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a mormon but I really didnt start acting like one until college. I went to church, kind of, with my top button undone, my tie loose, by house slippers on. I shrugged off all the responsibility I could and delegated what I couldnt. Then I got to college and I didnt have to do any of that, I chose to and saw how much happier it made me. I love being a mormon, the peace that comes with a knowledge of why im here, where I was before this life, and what God expects of me to get back after. I love the modern revelation of Prophets that we enjoy. Honestly, Im a mormon because I love it and couldnt imagine life without it.

How I live my faith

Well right now I have the opportunity to live my faith completely and totally everyday for two years. By living the basic principles of our church I can effectively share it with others here in South Carolina. The last thing I do every night and the first thing I do every morning is hit my knees and pray which by itself has completely changed my life. I get to read the scriptures and study the gospel for 4 hours every morning, and it is never long enough. As a missionary everyday is like sunday : )/ My dad told me that you dont really know something until you can teach it; true words that guide my life day by day. You dont really know your faith until you try and share it with others and that is how I live my faith.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Erik
I have found my purpose in life through reading the scriptures. Our purpose here is to prepare to meet God. "Men are that they might have joy" so another reason we are here is to be happy, to learn, grow, and progress as we work through all the the challenges life has to offer. The purpose of life is to learn and if your not having fun then your not doing it right. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Erik
Who wrote the book of Mormon? thats a good question. I would say that God wrote the Book of Mormon through the hand of his servants the Prophets in ancient America. As I have read the Book of Mormon I know that it is the words of God. It was engraven on plates of metal by the hands of the Prophets. Then it was compiled by the Prophet Mormon and Barried by his son Moroni. Then many centuries later the Prophet Joseph Smith was led to this barried Record and he translated it to english through the power of God into what is now known as the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Erik
Mormons, or Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are definately Christians. The nickname mormon is something derived from the Book of Mormon a holy volume of scripture comparable to the Bible. Christians, or believers in Christ, have come to know Christ through studying his words and teaching in the holy scriptures. Through study of the Book of Mormon, another testiment of Jesus Christ, as well as the Bible we gain a deeper understanding and a stronger love for our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Erik
Jesus Christ taught throughout the Bible and the Book of Mormon that baptism is an ordinance required to recieve eternal salvation. The concept of proxy baptisms for the dead comes from our firm belief that God is our loving Heavenly Father. The God I have come to know loves all of his children equally and completely. Because baptism is required to get into heaven would a loving Heavenly Father only accept those who are baptized in this life or would be make sure that everybody is given the opportunity to be baptized even if they never heard of Jesus Christ in this life? Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Erik
How can you come to know our Father in Heaven? A friend once told me that if you want to talk to God you Pray; if you want God to talk to you, you read his words found in the scriptures. I know that God is our loving Father in Heaven and wants to hear from his children. I know that as you pray and read the scriptures you can build a relationship with God and come to know him more everyday. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Erik
Simply put because God asked us to, and we know that 90% with Gods Blessings is worth a whole lot more then 100% on our own. God doesnt need our money, he is God, but he wants to have an obedient and a people willing to sacrifice. The commandment to tithe has been around as long as man has, Malachi specifically teaches us the blessing that come with proving the Lords promise to see if he will bless those that give willingly. Show more Show less