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Hi I'm Erik

I'm a scientist, an artist, and a singer. I love the Russian and Kazakh languages. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student trying to study just about everything there is to study. I love learning in general, and during the two years I spent overseas as a missionary I came to especially love learning about other cultures and seeing the world from their particular viewpoints. I have a great enthusiasm for science, particularly quantum physics and astrophysics. I love thinking about how the Universe might work on the fundamental scale, and how it may have all started, and I continue to draw connections between my scientific and my religious learning. In addition I'm a choir geek, a drama geek, a computer nerd, and a retired athlete (I still enjoy football and lacrosse, but find few opportunities to play anymore). And I love creating things - anything really, from drawings to computer programs to cardboard castles for my little sisters.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it was the Mormon church that taught me that I can get answers directly from God, that I didn't have to rely on any other third-party source of information for my testimony. I was taught as a child what Mormons believed in, but was always instructed that unless I got my own personal confirmation from God that what I was learning was true, all that my learning would ever amount to was a heap of useless information. I was taught that I had to ask God for myself if I wanted answers to any questions of real importance. So I asked God if the Book of Mormon was true, and got an answer in the affirmative. I asked God if He really loved me and everyone else on this planet, and the answer was yes. And I asked God if being in the Mormon church was the right thing to do, and the answer was also yes. So I am here today, a Mormon, and I have since asked God many questions - and although I can't say that I have got all the answers to every question I've had, I do know that God always gives what is needed exactly when it is needed. I know that I can ask God my questions, and that He will always deal with me with patience and kindness, and will always point me in the right direction. I know He loves me, and I'm so glad that I have questions which motivate me to learn more about Him.

How I live my faith

I work a lot with the other leaders of the Church unit I'm in to identify the needs of individuals we know and to find opportunities to serve them along with other people in the community. Although it's hard sometimes to keep track of everything, I feel the Lord's hand directing the work and guiding his less-than-perfect servants to do that work which needs doing most. I'm grateful for the examples and patience of the Church members and try every day to learn from those surrounding me. Although I'm not a full-time missionary anymore, I still strive to set an example of Christlike love and patience to those around me. I study my faith, and strengthen my convictions much as I would as a scientist - when I want to strengthen my faith, I research a topic, come up with questions, and act and experiment in order to find answers. It takes study, service, sacrifice, and patience - but answers come, and they always help me to be of better service to my fellow man.