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Hi I'm Eric Olsen

I love ballroom dance. I'm studying neuroscience at Brigham Young University. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Florida with three brothers, a sister, and two wonderful, caring parents. I would do anything to see my family happy. My parents are both musicians, so I was encouraged - no, compelled - to play music at an early age. I grew up playing the trumpet, but I've come to love to sing - though I wouldn't go so far as to say that I am a talented singer! I'm trying to learn to play the piano, but I prefer listening to my twin brother showcase his abilities. Enrolled at BYU in Fall 2013, I began a study of neuroscience. I hope to become a medical doctor in the future. I also developed a love of ballroom dance - random, I know! My dance partner and I won BYU's beginner polka competition at the end of the year, so you could say that we're basically professionals. I hope to continue my study of the sciences - as well as dance - when I return from a two year LDS mission. I report to the Missionary Training Center on January 29th, and will serve in the Brazil Vitória mission. I am inexpressibly excited to share the message of Jesus Christ with those in South America.

Why I am a Mormon

I was lucky enough to be born to parents that are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - that is why I became a member. However, I have continued in being a Mormon because I know that it is correct. I first felt of this as a 14-year-old boy, at a conference for youth. Thousands of teenagers stood and sang: "We have been taught, and we understand, that we must do as the Lord commands." I cannot deny the feelings of peace and confirmation that came over me as we sang. I've learned that the Book of Mormon is true. One of its passages states: "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." (Moroni 10:4) I add my testament to that of the book, as I have felt this confirmation in my own heart. I know that the Spirit of the Lord is real, and that he can direct us to truth and guide us to righteousness. I especially love the gospel of Jesus Christ because it brings us closer to the Savior. I know that He lives. I know that He came to earth and died for us, that we might live eternally in perfection if we humble ourselves and repent. I know that He loves me, and I know that He loves all of us. Being a Mormon makes me happy. I am happy to know that I have the truth, and that one day I can become perfect. It makes me happier to know that we can ALL become perfect if we come unto Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I make a conscious effort to follow the Savior's example every day. Through daily scripture study, constant prayer, and service to others, I've found myself feeling closer to Christ. In the LDS Church, I have been allowed to serve in several service capacities. While at BYU, I was able to teach a Sunday School lesson each month. Teaching is HARD, but the difficulty allowed me to stretch myself and grow. I was also called to visit with several people each month, share with them a gospel message, and help them with anything that they were in need of. Through this I really learned how personal the gospel of Jesus Christ is! I will soon suspend my education and serve those in Brazil. I've received so much joy and truth from this gospel - I truly want to share with others the happiness that comes of it.