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Hi I'm Eric

I'm an aspiring experimental physicist. I'm a husband and a dad. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in a good family in California. I worked hard in school so I could put myself through college on scholarships. I also made money during summers as a lifeguard and swim coach/teacher so I could self-finance a two-year church service mission to eastern Europe. After I returned, I completed a bachelor's and master's degree in physics, and I also married and started a family. Near the end of my PhD program, my wife suddenly and unexpectedly passed away while pregnant with our second child, leaving me as a single parent of a toddler.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family. My mom had been raised a Mormon, while my dad found the Church in his twenties. As good parents, they used their individual backgrounds and unique testimonies to teach their children faith in God and love for the Gospel. My parents also gave me a strong background in the sciences. As a budding experimental physicist, we study to learn the theories explaining the laws of nature, and then we design experiments to test and improve upon those laws. In our lives, instead of using experiment to correct imperfect theories, we can use experiments based on the laws of God to correct our imperfect lives. I'm a Mormon because I've seen the positive effects of living the Gospel of Jesus Christ -- the exact blessings He -promised- if we -do- follow His word. I've seen God's influence in my own life, in the lives of my family members and loved ones, and in the lives of extraordinary people in ordinary situations across the US and the world. Life's too full of desirable experiences and available opportunities to move forward without priorities. The Gospel, as it has been revealed anciently in the scriptures and as it continues to be expounded by modern-day prophets, supports me in my top priorities -- faith, family, education, self-achievement.

How I live my faith

The most important part of living my faith are the day-in, day-out activities that help draw me closer to God -- and help raise my daughter. Daily prayer, daily scripture study, and attendance of Sunday services are all important ways for me individually to keep spiritual matters on my mind, uplift me through the grind of a typical work day, and support me personally after the untimely passing of my wife. It also establishes an example for my daughter that teaches her the importance of always making time for God. I also participate in service opportunities provided by the Church. I make visits to other members to provide Gospel teaching and service in their homes. I volunteer with other members to attend service projects, fill food orders at Church-owned food pantries, and provide food and resources for individuals in the area that might be struggling through hard times. Since the Church does not have a professional ministry, members also volunteer their time to serve in ministering/administering capacities in their local congregation. Over the past few years, I have served in several capacities, working with the leader of our congregation in helping manage the affairs of the congregation (scheduling of activities and interviews, making agendas and taking minutes for meetings where the congregation's leadership discusses the needs of individuals, etc.), leading the congregation's men's group (organizing activities and lessons, coordinating service efforts, etc.), and teaching the adult Sunday school class (preparing lessons and leading group discussions on chapters from the Old and New Testament). The joy I feel from being actively involved in these simple types of service helps me feel the Spirit of God in my life.