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Hi I'm Erik Michael Christiansen

I'm currently serving a mission in Madagascar. I love the Malagasy people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life growing up was always centered around three things, family and friends, soccer, and my faith. I love to be around people. I'm not sure why I feel this way, but when I'm with my family or friends I just feel happier and more peaceful than when I'm by myself. I've always made it a point in my life to try to be personable and kind to everyone I meet, the more people I get to know and connect with the better. Another huge aspect of my life has been sports, specifically soccer. I have played soccer since I was four years old and I have yet to become bored with it. Playing soccer is an indescribable feeling. All I know is the feeling I get when I play it, and its a feeling I hope to replicate as many times as my legs will allow me. When I was younger, I commonly chose to play in soccer tournaments over going to church. To me soccer was so important that I couldn't withstand not playing it for even one day a week. As I grew older I realized the importance of going to church and feeling the love of God while I was there. This experience caused me to make church a priority in my life, and it has caused me infinite happiness. My faith means everything to me now, and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of this church because it makes me happy. I feel a peace and love that I can't find anywhere else. Knowing that I have a Heavenly Father and elder brother Jesus Christ that love me more than I can know gives me the greatest feeling imaginable, and it makes me know that this church is true. I know that God restored His gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith, and that Joseph Smith did translate the Book of Mormon. I know that the Book of Mormon, like the Bible, is the word of God, and that if we live by its teachings we will be happier and live a more blessed life. I know this gospel is true because it makes me happy and helps me feel the love of God, and it is only through the Gospel of Jesus Christ that I can truly feel those things.

How I live my faith

To me the LDS faith is all about people. Our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us all more than we can comprehend, and they wants the best for us. To me that love is something I cannot repay them for, but simply be grateful for. I try to actively participate in Heavenly Father's plan for us, which is to eventually return and live with Him in Heaven, by serving and loving all of His children. Obviously I am not perfect, nor can I even come close to the love God exhibits towards us, but I find joy in helping someone feel that love of God. The LDS faith has provided me with ample ways of giving service and showing love. Through hometeaching I have the opportunity to teach and serve a few families every month. I get to see how they're doing, give them a spiritual message, and hopefully be able to help them in some way. I believe that hometeaching is more of a blessing to me than the family I get to serve. Along with hometeaching there are countless groups and institutions within the church that help members and nonmembers alike with the troubles that are so commonly found on earth. I know this gospel is true, and that it is centered around Christ and His love for us. I think it is vital that we show that same love to everyone, and I'm happy that my faith provides me with opportunities to do this.