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Hi I'm Eric Fotheringham

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I am a PhD candidate at NC State University, I love Elvis Presley, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Logan, Utah but by the age of 4 my family was living in the San Francisco Bay Area and spent the rest of my formative years there. I have traveled to a number of countries in Europe, Africa, and Latin America and have tried to make the world a better place at each stop. I have never been able to stop going to school, which explains why I am working on my PhD in Public Administration.

Why I am a Mormon

There are always a number of questions that come up about LDS Church history, points of doctrine, or the actions of certain members of the Church. I am confident in what the Spirit has spoken to me and as Elder Holland has said: "What we do know will always trump what we do not know." No matter what happens, I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet. He wasn't perfect, but he was chosen by God to restore the Lord's church and translate the Book of Mormon. John 7:17 quotes the Savior as saying: "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." I have tried to do His will. I know of that doctrine of which Christ speaks. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have always felt uncomfortable when people seemed surprised that I am a Mormon as I have tried to not make my faith hard to detect. But sometimes I need to work harder than others to let people know what I believe, who I truly am, and why I do the things I do. I loved serving as a missionary for a number of reasons, but I was blessed with the opportunity to learn Spanish. Now when I speak Spanish during the day or when I volunteer as a medical interpreter, it is a wonderful opportunity to talk about my missionary experience and share with people my beliefs. I look for opportunities such as those to demonstrate the role of my faith and membership in this church a part of my every day life. A literature professor I had in college used to tell me to "show, don't tell" in my writing. I have tried to apply that teaching to every aspect of my life: including living my faith through my actions...only using words when necessary.