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Hi I'm Eric

I grew up in Lincoln Park, Michigan and into an adult in Monument, Colorado. I am an Eagle Scout. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Elder Eric Michael Louis. I am a Missionary in the Sapporo Japan Mission, my dream mission. I'm handy at working with personal computers, both hardware and software. Thanks to a bit too much time spent on computers, I tend to grasp technological concepts easily, growing from simple gaming nerd to computer repair technician. I love the great outdoors. Ranging from camping to hiking to snowboarding, I will do it if given the chance. The only thing that I have found myself not liking has been jogging - It's a bit too boring for my tastes. I am a pianist. I play for enjoyment - both my own and others. It calms me and has been with me since I can remember. I have never been much for sheet music, which has definitely hampered me, but I tend to play by ear and memorization. I am told that I am good at it, though there are many better. I will try anything not against my beliefs or morals at least once. I love new experiences that will help me grow. Although frightening at times, it is absolutely worth it once it is accomplished.

Why I am a Mormon

When all else has failed in my life, the one thing that has remained has been my connection with the gospel and this church. The principles and support that come from the Holy Ghost primarily and the leaders secondarily has gotten me through some of the toughest moments in my life. If I did not have this gospel, I have no idea where I would be. It has been my foundation and, barring my own efforts has not shaken. The Family I find here is also powerful. The most important relationships I have outside of blood has been found within the church. Other relationships are usually self-serving, but the Church brings together charitable, truly loving souls. I also always find answers here. Where other places, other people would begrudge or shrink at my hunger for understanding, I can dig and dig as far as I want to and never find the end to the Lord's work. Every question I have has an answer - Most often not even from other people but from the Lord. As I continue to grow as a Missionary, I stand all amazed at how much there is to learn and grow; however, I know that through the Gospel, I can do it.

How I live my faith

As I mentioned, I'm currently serving a Full-Time Mission in Sapporo Japan. When I am not, I love working with the youth of all ages. Their love and constant enthusiasm is refreshing in a day where "the grind" is the standard. My most recent calling (where we are asked to fill a certain role within the church) with them was as an eleven year old Boy Scout leader, where I helped the transitioning scouts go from Cub Scouts (the younger organization) to the Boy Scouts (which lasts from 11 to 18). It was one of the most enjoyable callings I've had.

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

Eric
To progress the Lord's church here on this Earth is one reason. However, if any one person stopped, the dent in the Church would be minuscule. Why then don't we treat it as an adjustable tax? Or ask for more? Why do we do it exactly this way? Because we have been commanded. It's one of the foundational commandments of our Church. We give it - happily - because we have been given so much, so many blessings, so much support, that to not give it would be almost painful. And the blessings we receive from this one commandment is astounding: "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." - Malachi 3:10. Every valiant tithe payer is a testament to this blessing. They don't always have enough, they aren't always in perfect situations, but the blessings they testify of and receive because of this commandment are in full evidence - Just ask. Show more Show less