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Hi I'm Erik

I grew up in small town Utah. I love the outdoors, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi I'm Erik. I grew up in Spring City, a small town in central Utah, to a good LDS family. I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters, and many cousins. Growing up, I loved nothing more than spending time with family, preferably outside. My family loved camping, hiking, four-wheeler riding, whatever got us outside really! I grew up working on the farm, moving irrigation lines and herding sheep. If I wasn't outside though, you could probably find me at home, comfortable reclined on a recliner, reading away at whatever fantasy book I could get my hands on. I've recently returned from serving in the California San Diego Mission. I loved my time there. I'm currently pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering from Utah State University. I've always loved math and science, so this career will hopefully go good for me. And hey, there's some good money to be made there!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an LDS family. I've always gone to church and enjoyed it, but everyone reaches that point when they question and have their own doubts. Growing up I always enjoyed going, but as I got older those doubts began to take form in my mind. At first I excused them, thinking "Of course this is the true Church, stop thinking otherwise!" But that didn't get rid of the thoughts. Finally after getting sick of wondering, I decided to find out for myself. I began to actually spend time truly reading the scriptures and pondering what they said, not just reading the words. I didn't doubt God lived, that made perfect sense to me, but whether this was His church was my debate. I prayed and prayed for an answer. After a few weeks of getting nothing, I began fasting as well. Still, I didn't feel I had found the answer for myself. After about a month of wondering, and lacking the courage to ask anyone but God, my answer came. I went to church and was met with a surprise. One of my young men leaders who I had grown quite close to wasn't going to be in charge of the youth anymore! That day he took all of us young men into a room, and bore his testimony to us. I remember him looking at us with tears in his eyes, and saying "It's true. Of course it's true. If this wasn't the Lord's church, why would Satan work so hard to stop it?" Right then, the Holy Spirit hit me. Tears came to my eyes as well, and I now knew for myself, this really is the Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

To me, and to other members of the church, Faith is an action word. More than simply believing in Christ, we act on that belief. And because of that I served a mission, and am now trying to live that faith as much as I can. One of the ways I do that now is by attending institute. Institute is a program the church provides in most areas, especially near college campuses, for young adults to go an strengthen their faith in Christ, and the Restoration of His gospel. I go there two times a week for an hour, and wow, every time I go it's the fastest hour of my life. At first I wondered if I wanted to take time away from my educational pursuits to take church classes, but it's been well worth my time. Not a day has gone by that I don't walk out of institute and feel refreshed and better prepared to do the rest of my homework. I also make sure to read from the scriptures and pray every single day. They're simple things, but totally worth it.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Erik
We pay our own way on our mission. Growing up, I saved up my money to pay for my mission, but unfortunately, I didn't end up saving enough. Luckily, I have great parents who are willing to help me out and pay the difference. Since we don't know where we will be called to serve, (we submit our "application" that shows our worthiness to serve, and a prophet of the Lord calls us where the Savior would have us work) it's hard to know how much we'll need to save up. Obviously, a mission in Latin America would cost less than one in France! To help with that, the Church has what they call the "Missionary Equalization Fund" where all missionaries, regardless of where they're serving, pay the same amount per month, it all goes to a central pot, and is then distributed to the different areas based on how much the cost of living is in that area. So regardless of that fact that I have friends and cousins all over South America, some in Mexico, one in Canada, and myself and other friends and relatives here in the US, we all pay the same amount! Show more Show less