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Hi I'm Eric S. Ward

I grew up on a farm in Arbon, Idaho. I love the great outdoors. I am currently serving a mission in San Diego, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a large family farm in Idaho, so from the time i was very young i have enjoyed being outside working with my hands. Farming can be tough work, but it teaches great work ethics. I am grateful to have been raised on a farm. I have a great family, and i have been blessed to have had many of them close around me while growing up. I also love the great outdoors: Hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, snowmobiling, or motorcycling. I love all of it. Another interest of mine is working on and personalizing my vehicles. I am a car fanatic. I owned several 4th generation Trans Am's throughout high school and college, and those cars were my babies. After high school i attended Utah State University for a year studying to become an Electrical Engineer. After only a year in college I left to serve a mission here in beautiful, sunny San Diego.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS faith, but that doesn't mean that i didn't have to come to a knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel on my own. All while growing up i thought the church was true, but i never really had a rock solid testimony. Serving a mission in San Diego has really changed my life. Through much prayer and study of the scriptures i have received an answer about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know, without a doubt, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored unto the earth in these the latter-days. This is His church, and He is at the head of it. He is leading and guiding it all of the time through a living prophet Thomas S. Monson. The Book of Mormon is a true book. It is another testimony of Jesus Christ. It adds to and strengthens the Bible, and the two books combined go hand in hand. I know that this book is true because i have studied it, pondered it, and prayed to Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, to see if it is. Through the Holy Ghost i received my answer that it is true, and because i know it is i also know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet, Through Joseph Smith the Book of Mormon was brought forth, the Priesthood was restored, and the true Gospel of Jesus Christ was returned unto the earth again. Just as it was upon the earth in the time of Christ. I know that i have a loving Father in Heaven, and I know that He loves me very much. I know that he sent His son, my brother, Jesus Christ to the earth to atone for everyone's sins and to die for us. I am so grateful for Jesus Christ. For if it wasn't for Him i would not have the hope that i have to know that if I am faithful I can one day return to be with Him and Heavenly Father , and not only them but my family also. I know now more then ever that in order to experience true JOY there is a simple pattern to follow: Jesus, Others, Yourself. As we put Christ first in our lives, Others second, and "Yourself" last we can experience true joy.

How I live my faith

There are many ways I live my faith: In short I live my faith by striving to serve others. In John 15:12 it says, "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have love you." Christ loves us unconditionally, so I strive every day to love the people around me. Just as Christ does. As of June 2011 I am serving as a full-time missionary in the California San Diego Mission. Every day i go about sharing with others my testimony and what i know to be true. I love working with others and helping them come to a deeper understanding of Jesus Christ and His gospel. I love serving a mission and serving the people around me because I know that through living the Gospel of Jesus Christ people can have more peaceful, happier lives. Another way I life my faith is by following close to and living the teachings of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is our Lord and Savior. By living his commandments and following his teachings we can make it back to Heaven to reside with Him, Heavenly Father, and our families for the eternities. As we read the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon we can draw closer to him. Through reading the scriptures, praying, and going to church we can develop a deeper love for our Savior and a new determination to live the Gospel. I strive to do this every day, and i know that as i do that I will be blessed immensely. I strive to live my life and my faith in such a way that when I am on my death bed i can say, just as Paul of Old, "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day..." ~ 2 Timothy 4:6-8 ~

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Eric S. Ward
There are many different things that happen inside an LDS Temple. It's a place where members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints make sacred two way promises with God called Covenants. These covenants aren't secret, they're sacred, and so we don't talk about them outside of the temple out of respect for them. Members also go to the temple to be married for time and all eternity. Not just "until death do you part" but even after death. We also perform ordinances such as baptism for people who have died without receiving the opportunity to be baptized. The temple is a sacred place where the spirit of the Lord is and so one must be worthy to enter. So even members of the church must have a special recommend in order to enter. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Eric S. Ward
Christ made the ultimate sacrifice to atone for all of our sins, because of that he created the conditions upon which, if we live by, we can be saved. He gave us his gospel. He told us that we need to have faith in him, repent, and be baptized for the remissions of sins, so that we may be sanctified by the Holy Ghost. He also told us that we need to endure to the end, meaning continue to strive to live by his teachings. We know that by living the Gospel we can be saved. Christ set the example to make it perfectly clear. He said in John 3:5, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." What about those who never got a chance to be baptized? Heavenly Father is perfectly fair, and that opportunity will be provided for everyone to make that decision, whether in this life or in the next. The point of Baptism is making covenants. Without making these covenants Christ cannot give us grace. Hence the doctrine of grace, and doctrine of works, coincide with each other. One cannot be without the other, "Grace without works is dead." Show more Show less