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Hi I'm Erik

I'm an Idahoan, I'm a college student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Idaho where I worked on a farm, did landscaping, and ran cross country and track. I served a mission for our church in England! It was literally the best experience of my life. I learned and grew so much. Later, I married to my awesome wife, Angela. It's been great learning to try to merge two lives into one, good life. An ex-D1 collegiate distance runner, I am now studying accounting at BYU and serving in my local congregation's bishopric. Some of my hobbies include sports, drumming, learning about history, and mixing cereals. I'm just super glad to have God in my life. I know He is taking care of me in the good times and the bad. Jesus' grace had changed me into a much better person.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe this is the same church that Jesus Christ organized when He was here, on the earth. More importantly, though, I have studied and prayed about it and the Holy Ghost has witnessed to me that it is true. This witness is the most important part of conversion and comes differently for each person, but for me I feel peace, comfort, happiness, or a warm sensation inside. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet; he was ordained of God as were the prophets of ancient times. He translated the Book of Mormon, which is true scripture, as is the Bible. By reading them, I feel happy and gain direction to living a better life. The priesthood that Jesus Christ gave to His apostles was also restored, and President Thomas S. Monson, our current latter-day prophet, holds the rights of administration associated with that priesthood. He is called of God to lead Jesus Christ's church on the earth. But the center of my testimony is Jesus Christ. He is my Savior and Redeemer. It is only through His grace that I can be saved. I know that as I turn closer to Him, I can be happier and live a more fulfilling life. I know that if you turn to Him, you can feel the same thing. We are our Heavenly Father's children, literal sons and daughters of God. He wants us back with Him, and the way back is by accepting Christ and His gospel. This is Jesus Christ's gospel.

How I live my faith

Living my faith, since coming back from being a full time missionary, takes some effort! As a missionary it's easier because your life is 24/7 devoted to the Lord. Everyday life requires that you do some other things for your own survival and growth. However, I always make time to read God's word in the Bible, Book of Mormon, or other scripture from living day prophets. I try to pray multiple times throughout each day, especially when making important decisions, having a hard time, or when I'm really thankful for something. I go to church each week with the intention to receive diving revelation from my Father in Heaven, and it usually comes! I'm so thankful for that guidance. I also try to be kind and loving to others, especially my wife. We believe families are together forever, and I want that to be a good experience! I try to resist temptation to do, think, or say bad things, and when I slip up, I try to make it right with those affected and with God.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

We believe that Jesus Christ is our savior. We are Christians through and through. It is only by His grace that we are saved, but we must also do our best to live a righteous and faithful life. We do believe that He is the Son of God. In fact, the first Article of our Faith says "We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost." Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

This is called Tithing. Church members pay tithing just as those in ancient days did. It represents our sacrifice to the Lord, that we are willing to give up things of value to Him, just as He gave up His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. It is not so much about giving money to the church as it is showing a willingness and commitment to our Heavenly Father that we will do anything for Him. Show more Show less