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Hi I'm Eric

I'm a husband, a father of 5, a computer guy, a curious sort who likes exploring and discovering new things, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in northern California in the 60's and 70's. My dad was a school teacher and my mom stayed home taking care of a large family. I had a paper route for several years when I was in my early teens and worked at McDonald's flipping burgers while I was in high school. I served an LDS mission in London, England and later graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Computer Science. One day while at BYU I met the cutest girl in the world who also helped me win a post-midnight game of UNO played with several other BYU friends. 13 days later, I proposed and three months later we were married. When people show surprise, I usually add that it could have been 7 days, but I wanted to make sure. Today as I write this, we celebrate our 30th anniversary. She's the best thing that ever happened to me. Together we have raised 5 children who are the joy of our lives. In our early years of marriage, we lived in Southern California and Ohio both of which are terrific. Finally, we settled in Utah where we have been for many years. I like watching football and playing racquetball and volleyball. I enjoy making videos and for several years I owned a small home-based video services business which I ran part-time in addition to my regular full-time computer job. We love exploring new places, especially national parks and historical sites. When we get together as a family, we are often found playing games such as Rook.

Why I am a Mormon

I’m analytically oriented by nature and resolving the “purpose of life” question was very important to me. My simplistic view is that we are here to learn to become noble and great. We lived with God before this life and saw firsthand how noble and great He was and like any child wants to become like their parents, we wanted the chance to become like Him. We each have within us the seeds of greatness and nobility. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes this possible through its doctrine, principles, organization, culture and power. A book could be written on each one, and I invite further discussions, but perhaps I can comment briefly: Doctrine – Christ’s atonement provides a way for us not only to be cleansed from sin, but it also removes the effects of sin from our lives, such that we change and become more noble and great. Principles – There are many important principles, but for now let’s consider just one – continuing revelation. As God reveals His will to prophets today just as he did to Adam, Noah, Moses, Peter and Paul, it tells me that I can confidently follow prophetic counsel and become more noble and great. Organization – By losing ourselves in the service of others, we grow and develop. As Mormons, we have many different opportunities to serve, such as teaching small children, working with youth or helping the elderly or less fortunate. Culture – It is a testament to the Mormon culture that 50,000 plus 19-21 year-old young people spend up to two years at their own expense sharing their faith. That kind of sacrifice helps develop strong character and selflessness. Power – Jesus healed the sick and raised the dead. That very power to cleanse people both inside and out is alive in this Church. In short, this is not just a nice Church. It is Christ's Church and it has SAVING doctrine, TRUE principles, EXCEPTIONAL organization, an EMPOWERING culture and the POWER and authority you would expect to find in Christ's Church.

How I live my faith

Currently I work with those who have special needs. Several are wheelchair bound, some are deaf and some have autism or other mental disabilities. We meet every week with the goal of helping them have wholesome interaction and fun with others and at the same time helping them feel safe, loved and understood. For many years I worked with teenagers. I was a Scoutmaster working with 12 and 13 year old boys and an Explorer leader of 16 and 17 year old young men. For several years, I taught a one-hour daily early morning scripture study class which young men and women in high school would attend before school. That was challenging because of the time commitment, but it was also very rewarding. It definitely helped me to learn the scriptures better. For a few years I also worked in the Nursery during our 3-hour church meeting block, taking care of 1 and 2 year-old children so their parents could attend other classes. Working there with me was an elderly Portuguese couple who spoke very little English. So I did most of the talking and as it turned out, singing as well. I learned something valuable from those little children. They taught me that I didn't always need to be afraid of singing a terrible cowboy solo in front of a group of people. They never once nudged their neighbor to whisper how awful the leader sang. In fact, one day they wanted a song about trains, but I didn't know one so I made one up right on the spot. It was no doubt very terrible, but they liked it just fine and soon we found ourselves singing it every week. When I moved on to other assignments, the new nursery leader asked for the music to the "train song".