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Hi I'm Erik

I'm a medical student from UT. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and the father of 1 daughter. I studied science and business at BYU in Provo, UT and went to Pennsylvania to study medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. While at BYU I sang in the BYU Men's Chorus and I loved it. I enjoy singing, conducting choirs, and my family. I also enjoy learning about history--especially histories about America's wars. If I could meet three people from history I would want to meet: Nathaniel Greene (one of George Washington's generals, and my descendant), Abraham Lincoln, and Joseph Smith.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS church, but that doesn't mean that I've never had doubts or serious questions about church teachings. When I was a young boy, I remember really wanting to watch a particular violent and obscene movie. But in church I had been taught that such movies are not good to view. I struggled with the conflict for some time--God's will and my own were different and I either had to not care about God, or I had to change. I learned then, that when I am humble enough to give up what I want to God, that is when I am happiest and have the most peace in my heart. Peace. This is something else that keeps me faithful in the church. In my life, when I have gone astray and done what I knew to be wrong, I think God loves me enough to chastise me. On the other hand, I try to be faithful and God has blessed me so much--with a loving family, with a testimony, and with an abiding peace in my heart. This peace is something that I don't believe can be found anywhere else on earth.

How I live my faith

As a 4th year medical student, I work 40-50 hours a week at different hospitals. And in the near future I will be working more than that. With all I have to do outside of my home, I find it challenging to find the time to put my wife and family and my religion first. But I believe that my most important calling in life is to be a husband and a father, so I do my best. My favorite part of each day is coming home from work to my wonderful wife and daughter and getting "da-da kisses." I live my faith by trying to give God a part of each day, whether that be through reading and pondering God's words, or sometimes when I can help someone else in a meaningful way. In the church I am asked to be a home teacher--aka to try to watch out for and give service to different families in our congregation. I really enjoy this position because it allows me to go and do what Jesus would do. I also live my faithh by being an example at work to those around me. I don't speak bad about others, I respect women, and the jokes I tell are not obscene or offensive. As a doctor-in-training, I enjoy being able to relief patients' worries and sufferings in some ways. I like to think that is what Jesus would do if he worked in the hospital.