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Hi I'm Eric

I am a Mormon. I grew up in the Sacramento valley of California, living in Utah and Pennsylvania with a wife and 7 kids.

About Me

Hi. I was raised in the Bay Area of California with my three sisters, involved in Scouting, camping, hiking in the Sierras, traveling through all of the historic areas of California. My Dad taught history in high school, hence the travel. I mowed lawns for spending money, liked math (which I was good at) and history (which I was not), and thought I would be a math major in college. Instead I became an electrical engineer, discovered computers in the 60s, and have worked with them ever since. I have spent almost 50 years in academia in one form or another, and still love technology and what it can do (and what I can make it do). I raised 7 children (most of which are involved in some way with technology), and have almost 21 grandchildren. They are the best! We are enjoying my wife finishing her degree, traveling, being with family, especially the grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon. I haven't seen any angels or large miracles. I am still a pretty shy guy who keeps trying to make my life and the life of those around me a little better. I am a Mormon because this is the only religion which makes any sense to me, which answers why we are here, where we came from, and where we are going. By living as a Mormon, I know my life is better than if I just did what everyone else is doing. I am a better person, a better husband, and a better father and grandfather because I believe in Christ, I hope in Christ, and I am trying to live like Him. I am far from perfect. There are times I want to just give up and stop. But I don't. I just repent, and keep on walking. When I was a boy scout, I climbed a lot of high mountains and mountain passes in California. I remember thinking that carrying a 50 pound pack uphill for a zillion miles was hard, sometimes too hard, and I want to quit. But I could see ahead what I thought was the top, so I kept going, only to find out that it wasn't the top after all, that I have farther to go. And I just kept going, until eventually, I reached that goal. I find life is that way. It is hard. You want to quit. You see what you think is the top, but it isn't. But you just keep going. I hope I never give up. And I hope you don't either.

How I live my faith

My life is centered around family and my church, which really is the same thing. I love my kids, my grandkids, and especially my sweet wife of 45 years. I have served in the church since I was 12. I love being a clerk, taking care of the church records and helping others in their callings, especially the bishops and stake presidents I have served with. I have been a clerk off and on for over 25 years and met a lot of people just like me, trying to raise a family the best I can while serving the Lord and working to be a little better each day. While naturally a shy sort of guy, the Church has taught me to care for others and offer a helping hand wherever I can. I have had numerous callings where I have had the opportunity to serve Single Adults, both the youth from 18 to 30 and the older members who are widowed or never married 45-99. They are great people, fun to be with, and wonderful to serve. My wife and I have had the opportunity to serve the young singles in college the past 3 years, attending their church services, training them in their leadership callings, loving them, having them into our home, being an example to them and lifting them when they are down, celebrating their achievements, and watching them go off and start their own families and careers.