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Hi I'm Eric Carl Nielson

I grew up in Bluewater, New Mexico and now live in California. I am a husband and father. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in New Mexico. I am number seven of sixteen children. I love the family I grew up in. I am a father of two children and I love them very much. I love to sing and spend time with my family. I also love to camp and spend time out doors. My job allows me to spend a great amount of time both inside and outside. I love meeting new people. I believe everyone has a story and I love learning about everyone.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was nearly fourteen years old I was sitting in the living room with my family and my father asked me each of my siblings and myself what we believe. He explained that even though he believed in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon Church) and he tried to teach us the truth, he wanted us to find what we believe in. He wanted us to not just rely on his testimony, but find out for ourselves. I decided to take his challenge and read out of the scriptures. I started reading the Book of Mormon on a daily basis and prayed every day to know if the Book of Mormon was true and if the Mormon church was true. I was one day reading in the Book of Ether and read about when Jesus showed himself to the Brother of Jared. For the first time, I felt a warm feeling begin in my heart and then surround my body. I began to get a little emotional. I felt at that time that what I just read was true and not just a story written on pages. From that time forward I began to read the Book of Mormon with a new understanding. Through this and other experiences I have come to know for myself that the Book of Mormon is true. I also know the Mormon Church is true and that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. I know God lives and he has a son Jesus Christ who loves us enough that he suffered the atonement to allow everyone the opportunity to repent, be baptized through proper priesthood authority, receive the gift of the holy ghost, and eventually return to live in the presence of God. I love my life and I am grateful to have the fullness of the gospel in my life on a daily basis.

How I live my faith

I enjoy helping my fellow neighbors. I am often involved in opportunities that allow me to serve those around me. I find the best way to forget about my problems is by looking for an opportunity to serve someone nearby. I always find a way if I just look. I really enjoy getting to know the men within my church. Each has something to contribute to the group. Some are single while others are married. It doesn't matter how much money one has, what kind of profession one is involved in, each has something great to offer. With so much negativity out in the world, it is nice to see that there are good people out there that do care. If I can help but one, I have done my job.