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Hi I'm Eric

I am a father of 6. I was a K9 deputy sheriff. I'm a professional counselor. I have Tourette's syndrome. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married 24 years and have six children. Two of our children have Tourette's Syndrome like me. One of our children is autistic. Some of our children were adopted. This results in some interesting experiences with special needs. I am professional counselor employed as a Behavioral Health Specialist providing consultations to medical nurses. I like doing a good job at work and so sometimes spend more time working then is good for my family life. It is hard to keep that balance In addition to my family, I love the mountains, wildlife, finding deer sheds (antlers). I love dogs and have had some real good ones in my life. I don't always like asking for help and we don't usually have a lot of money so I do a lot of my own home repairs. Sometimes that doesn't turn out too well, but it is still fun...most of the time Hiking, camping, family road trips on less traveled roads, exploring places I have never seen before, seeing beautiful mountains, the ocean, nature in all its beauty, seeing my children and loved ones enjoy life are the things that make this life great Like anyone we have had a lot of challenges. A couple of things I have learned a long the way are (1) we never know what the future may hold and that is OK (2) No matter how bad things get, they can always get worse and that is OK as well. I have come to know that God is there and as I have tried to turn my life over to Him, and I do the best I can, it turns out fine in the end

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and older brother and sister were members of the church. They were not active until right before I was born. When my mother was pregnant with me my mother and father had filed for a divorce. While separated they realized how much their children needed them and they needed each other. My parents agreed to get back together, but they knew that the Gospel had to be the center of their family to make it work. So I grew up in a family that was committed to the Gospel and trying to learn more about what what their promises of baptism meant to them. Growing up we always went to church, but it was up to me to decide whether or not to pray, read the scriptures, and it was up to me whether or not I would gain a testimony of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Ultimately it was up to me to gain a testimony whether there are living prophets on the Earth today. I am a Mormon today because the Holy Ghost has revealed to me through feelings of tremendous peace, depths of love and hope that are sincere and profound enough for me to know that God the Father is my Father in Heaven, Jesus Christ is my Redeemer and Savior. I have come to know through the same manner that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God, the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible are the Words of God for us to read and study. I know that families can be together forever. I know that we have a living prophet on the Earth today, Thomas Monson. I am also a Mormon because I have experienced over and over the blessings and the confirmation of my faith. Challenges and hardships still and always will come, but that is OK because of the blessings my covenants have given me. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the Earth and it is here for each and every man woman and child. I just want to be His servant and do what I can to serve him and help others feel His love.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in Jesus Christ in anything I am doing family, church service, work, neighborhood, and in my own thoughts and heart. This doesn't mean I live it perfectly, but I'm trying. I guess that what living my faith means - trying to follow Jesus' example and when we fall short of that, as we all will do, we repent and try again and again for the rest of our loves In my family I try to get better at being more patient and kind. I try to set an example of Jesus Christ lived. I've got a long ways to go, but I hope that my wife and children will be able to feel my love and His love through interactions with me. I also want our children to see that I have a lot of joy striving to be a disciple of Christ. The best things in my life have come from following the path and commandments He has given us At church I have been assigned to work with a group of young men ages 16 to 18. They are wonderful young men all at different points in the maturity, testimonies, and commitment to do what is right. I try to live my faith in Christ by trying to help them know that God loves them and loves all men women and children on the Earth. At work, I try to work hard, be helpful, be honest and kind In my neighborhood we try to be good neighbors, not let our dogs bark or run loose. I try to help my children know the blessings of shoveling a neighbors driveway. They do a good job. We try to be welcoming. A drug recovery house is moving into the neighborhood. I see this as an opportunity to be neighborly to men at a very challenging time in their lives. I hope that most of the good things we do are not see by others. The anonymous kindness is the best kind to give. In my own thoughts and heart is probably the most important and often hardest place for me to live my faith in Jesus Christ. Kindness, patience, love, caring, courage to stand up for what is right are qualities that need to start inside make sure my actions are sincere and gifts for God