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Hi I'm Eric

I'm from a big family in San Diego. I like sports, games and math. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in San Diego since I was 4 and hope to stay here most of my life. I enjoy lots of outdoor activities from soccer to backpacking to surfing. I play video games too much. I spend most of my weekends and many nights just hanging out with my family. We play go places, eat food, and watch movies. I served a mission in Tampa Florida 2005-2007. I studied Structural Engineering in college. I married a beautiful, smart, amazing girl in 2009. We are expecting our first child (a daughter) in Nov 2012.

Why I am a Mormon

It was easy for me to be a Mormon because my family has a lot of active Mormons on both sides. I was raised in this church and am lucky to have a lot of support as I continue to participate. But beyond this I am still a member because of the positive effect the church has on my life, and various experiences that make me believe God cares about me and wants me to be Mormon. The personal benefits in my life from this church and hard to number, and they include many of my friends and fond memories (like all the outdoor experiences in scouting), but the most important ones to me are the ones that give me a sense of purpose and self worth. I have had trials in my life because of my poor decisions, and the message of the church is that total forgiveness and newness of life is possible. I have used the teachings of Christ, through His church, to come out of dark places and re-brighten my life. This is real, and it works. The idea of the man I would be without the church frightens me. I seem prone to eat, drink, and be merry so am glad I never really tried any of the major addictions of the world. The experiences I mentioned before are not as numerous as the positive benefits I see all around. God, who I see as my literal Father, occasionally sees me so down that he reaches out and lets me know he is not far. The one I best remember is the most recent as all ways. I was very down. My wife and I were struggling. We argued constantly. We had skipped church multiple weeks. One Saturday night I knelt down and prayed for forgiveness and help. I also re-committed myself to Christ. I was instantly renewed. I started praying every day and enjoying it. Things got better in the home. The most miraculous concrete thing I can share is that when we met with the Bishop the next day, even though he barely knew me, he gave me an important job in the congregation that allowed me to do something about my re-commitment to Christ. This experience sustains me even today.

How I live my faith

I try and read my scriptures every day and say my prayers with regularity. I would like to say I go the the Temple once a month, but I don't make it that often. When I am thinking to myself I always involve my Heavenly Father. I avoid the serious sins, and try and follow the teachings of Christ and his apostles. To me being Mormon means I must be good to my friends and family, honest at all times, and hard working at work at church and at home. I suspect I will always work with the youth of the church. I have served them at the congregation level and organized things for multiple congregations. I have focused on there spiritual growth, but usually have been involved in the Scouting program for the young men. I take time to go with them to camp and on hiking trips. I spend one night a week with them preparing for these things. On Sundays I go for the typical 3 hours and then often some more for meetings or choir and such. I enjoy the lessons and sermons, but focus more and the people around me and their needs. If there is a way I can help them I will because I have been helped in the past. I prepare and teach lessons occasionally. Once a year I prepare and give a 20 minute sermon. Finally I am assigned a few family to visit once a month. I am not the best at this but not the worst either. When I go I am always glad I made the time to. Sometimes they are struggling and need lots of help. Other times it is the Bishop's family. I suppose by some standards it seems I do a lot, but I feel like a pretty average member. There are so many who give so much more than me.