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Hi I'm Erik

I grew up in Utah Valley, I'm a returned missionary from Wisconsin, I love music and performing, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah as a member of the church and left home in May of 2013 to serve a 2 year mission in Wisconsin. I'm currently attending BYU in Provo, UT where I hope to gain a better education. I love theater, singing, and performing in general. I've spent my whole life performing and learning more about music. I also enjoy outdoor activities (love my bike) and reading books. The four things that have had the biggest influence in my life are the gospel of Jesus Christ, my family, the Boy Scouts of America, and Theater. Serving a mission has been one of the biggest blessings of my life to date. One of the other biggest blessings I have is my family. I've been so blessed to have a loving father and mother throughout my life as well as my wonderful siblings. I know that families are sacred and ordained of God. It is because of my family that I am who I am today. I also credit my happiness to good friends, wonderful teachers and mentors, and above all - Jesus Christ. One last testimony: serving a mission is the best thing any young man in the church could choose to do.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family in the church who raised me with love and care. They taught me the gospel from my earliest days and like many LDS youth it is from my parents that I first began to receive a testimony of this gospel. I can't say that I've ever had a single point of conversion because I believe it's a constant process where we either progress or digress. However, I do know that I am converted. I can't really say when I knew that I had a testimony because it feels like I have always known. At one point I was afraid that I didn't have a testimony because I had never had that 'aha' moment. I've realized though that a testimony and a conversion come through a process. My testimony hasn't come all at once. It has come as I have prayed to God, pondered, studied, and done my best to understand His gospel. And sometimes it's only a matter of realizing that you've known it's true all along. I have a testimony that this is the church of Jesus Christ and that He lives. If you ever have any doubts about this gospel (whether you're a part of it or not) just ask yourself these two questions: One, do you believe that this is God's church and not man's? Two, do you trust God? If you can answer yes to both of these questions then have no fear. Simply faith. In a sentence: Christ loves us all and knows what's best for us. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by doing my part. Christ taught that we all need to serve others and that as a church, community, and race, we need to take care of each other. In the church each member is given a calling. Receiving a calling is a way that a member can serve others in their local ward (congregation) and basically help others grow while growing themselves. I've grown up in the church my whole life and I've been taught to always be faithful in my callings. No matter what my calling is I can be of service to the ward and the people. Even if I'm only there for a short time, any amount of time is enough time to make a difference. One of my favorite callings I've had was being involved in directing my ward's production for a multi-ward 'roadshow' (Skit night). It is by far one of the most fun callings I've ever had and I enjoyed the experience of bringing the spirit to people through good, clean fun. Once again I love performing and I love how it can be used to bring the spirit and teach the gospel. For a time I was also granted the unique privilege of sharing the gospel as a full time missionary in the great state of Wisconsin. I loved the experience and I can testify that those who choose to serve others in the Gospel of Jesus Christ are those who will grow the most. Like many things in life, the gospel is something where you get out of it what you put into it. Those who have faith act to serve others as Christ would. One of the best ways to serve others is by sharing the message of Christ's restored Gospel with them.