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Hi I'm Eric Wood

I live in Richmond, Virginia. I'm in school to become a dentist. I'm a mormon

About Me

I'm married to wonderful girl with whom i live here in Richmond, VA. I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and stayed there through my undergraduate studies in Economics and Chemistry at the University of Utah. The only significant time away from my hometown was a 2 year mission, which i served in Western Ukraine. Dental school brought my wife and me to Richmond. We love the east coast experience and often take trips to the nearby cities/sites/beaches. We love to travel and most of all we love to eat. Richmond has a wide variety of locally owned restaurants. We spend much of our time researching the best affordable places to eat and center our date nights around food. I personally love the outdoors. If i'm either in the mountains or near water i'm a happy man. I spend too much of my time watching sports and staying current with ESPN. I played basketball and lacrosse in high school. I played a little rugby in college. I now play recreational sports as often as i can. I look forward to a career in dentistry. I enjoy being with people and working with my hands so dentistry is a good fit for me. My wife is in a Masters of Accountancy program. She will earn her CPA after she finishes school this next summer and has a job lined up as a Tax Accountant for KPMG

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that was active in the mormon church. I grew up attending church and i lived in a community where most of my friends attended my church as well. I enjoyed the relationships with friends at church and believed in the principles being taught. I was obedient for the most part and desired to do what i had learned was right from church and what i felt was right inside. I never had much reason to doubt the truthfulness of the church because it provided me with good direction in my life. In high school social studies, i remember learning about the millions of religions that existed world wide. This caused me to reflect on the things i'd been taught in church. I had been taught that the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (mormon) was the Church that Christ himself had established in our modern day through a modern prophet. I felt this was a pretty bold claim when so many people throughout the world had such different views on what was true that led them to different religions. I began to think critically of the church: what makes this church different? As i sought to understand and know whether or not the church was really true, the unique message of the church stuck out to me. Jesus Christ established his specific church while he was on earth during the time of the Bible. When he and his apostles were killed, the power and revelation to guide Christ's church was taken from the earth. Joseph Smith was brought forth in a specific time and place where that original church could be restored. Jesus Christ himself appeared to Joseph Smith and called him to be a modern day prophet through whom all the true principles could be restored in their purity. The proof of this message lies in the Book of Mormon which the lord brought forth through Joseph Smith. I now understood that i had to pray about the Book of Mormon for myself to know if the Church is true. I did this! I know it's true and will never deny this testimony.

How I live my faith

I prioritize my life as follows: Faith, Family, Career/School. I find that as i put faith first, even if time seemingly doesn't permit, everything else falls into place. I live my faith by fulfilling personal commitments to read holy scriptures (Bible and Book of Mormon) each day, pray to begin and throughout the day in order to ask for assistance in whatever challenges the day presents, and finish the day with a prayer of gratitude for the blessings received as well as requesting forgiveness for the mistakes i made. In the more public forum, i attend church each Sunday. At church, i receive guidance from other members of the church through talks given to the congregation, lessons appropriate for my age group, and take the opportunity to reflect on promises that i've made to god that build the infrastructure of my life. The talks and lessons are centered on the teachings of Christ and his gospel. I have the opportunity to serve in the Church as a Mission leader. I work with the full time missionaries that wear he name tags around. Together we work with other members to introduce the church and Gospel of Christ to people who are seeking truth. I serve as the liaison between the missionaries, who come and go, and the members who are residents of the area. It is my job to make sure people inquiring to learn are able to become integrated into the church community. We often have lessons with missionaries and members present in the homes of people interested in learning, in the homes of members, or at the church. We have activities where people can come and meet members and ask questions: Basketball every week, holiday parties, scouts for young men, etc. There are many other ways in which i live my faith day to day that provide me with peace and direction.