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Hi I'm John Erekson

I am an Adventure Hunter, World Traveler, Dog Lover, Hungry Scholar, and I am a Mormon!

About Me

I love to be where the environment invites the spirit, which is part of the reason I choose to attend BYU-Idaho. I have a firm testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ. I love the Temple, and love traveling and attending different Temples around the World as I go. I am often found smiling and laughing with friends and family. I received my Eagle Scout award at fourteen years-old and consider myself a hard worker. I get along with everyone and love to make new friends. I have had four jobs since I started working at age fifteen. I worked for Fancy Pants Designs for a summer collating scrapbook materials. I simultaneously worked for AFC Tanks and JCPenney, and most recently was lead host at Rickenbacker’s Steakhouse. I consider myself a leader and like to be involved in what goes on in the community. I began working on college classes when I was 16 years old as a junior in High School. I love to be creative in all that I do. I love my family and the church more than anything in the world. I have a deep desire to learn and grow both spiritually and educationally. I love to ski, swim, travel, rock climb, run, play board games, play with my dogs, read adventurous novels, and go boating.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family but the religion was never forced upon me. I would go to church with my parents and they would teach me and share their testimony with me and I would rely on their faith until I was old enough to gain a testimony for myself. I am a Mormon because I took Moroni's Promise at the end of the Book of Mormon in the book of Moroni 10: 4-5 seriously. I prayed asking with a since desire to know whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the true church, whether the current President of the Church was called of God, and I prayed to know whether the Book of Mormon was the word of God, and if Joseph Smith truly saw God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ in the Sacred Grove. I prayed, and I have done it over and over again. I testify that God does answer prayer, and that he answered mine with a firm truth, testifying to me that they were true. I am a Mormon because I found my Savior and I found that he Loves me and has a plan for my Eternal Salvation.

How I live my faith

In the October 2011 General Conference, Elder Bednar gave a talk about Family History. He talked about how the young people of the church should become more involved in Family History, and should use technology to find their ancestors. He said, “This is the work of Salvation.” I felt compelled to learn about the New Family Search program. I was moved by my study and again felt prompted to teach my family in next Family Home Evening. Two weeks later my bishop found me at my work and called me to be the Family History consultant for the Young Men in the Ward. I accepted. Our Stake had plans to get all the youth involved in what was now “the Elijah Project.” The next three months took off, and our stake was on a spiritual high. The youth of the Hooper Stake were finding their own ancestor’s names and taking them to the temple. In just three months our ward youth had found hundreds of names and with the stake it became thousands. Elder Summerhays of the Seventy heard of our success and encouraged us to continue. As of today, I have been blessed to find about 500 ancestor’s names. This is just one detailed example in how I live my faith. I also frequently attend the Temple, I pray to my Heavenly Father daily, and work try my best to follow the example of his son Jesus Christ. I attend Church meetings at least every Sunday in order to partake of the Sacrament, and when ever extra meetings are necessary. I work hard every day to keep the first great commandment to love the Lord God with all my heart, and the second which is to love my neighbor like myself. I refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking anything, drinking tea or coffee, and stay away from being addicted to any substance. I dress modestly to keep a wholesome and friendly appearance. I stay in an environment where I can feel the still small voice.