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Hi I'm Eric

Spent most of my life living at the base of the Rocky Mountains. I have one wife and five daughters. And I'm a Mormon

About Me

I got married while still in college, had three children before I finished graduate school and settled in the general area of where I grew up. I married (best decision of my life) and we have five incredible daughters, with three amazing son-in-laws (so far) and four adorable grand children. All our children live nearby so we see them often - which is a great blessing to us. I work for the government and have a side business where I get to ride a tractor and visit some very remote places. I love going to places that are far away from the crowd - don't get me wrong Disneyland is fabulous, but I'd rather be out in nature than in a city any day...except when it is cold - then cities are ok. I am interested in self-defense and have been for many years We work on this as a family. I believe that we need to be able to defend ourselves, should we ever need to. I enjoy exercising - or maybe I should say I enjoy the result of exercising. I want to be able to play with my grand children for many years to come. I like to be outdoors and see this great world. I would travel all over this remarkable planet if I had the resources.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up making fun of religious people. I was wrong to do that and I am ashamed. Now I see things differently. People who are religious live their lives by a set of unalterable values are the ones I admire most. One of the many reasons I am a Mormon is my belief in the Divine Creator - or the Original Mover as Aristotle called him. I marvel at the complexities and intricacies of the human body, and how it works together. I think of the solar system and how it is set up with the immensities and the inter-dependencies of each part. I am astonished how the earth is where it is in the solar system, what it is composed of and how it sustains life. I wonder "WHY?". Why would all of those elements come together just so? For me there is no other explanation than there is a Divine purpose and plan. So, what would that purpose and plan be? I envision it like this; I am a dad. I want long-term happiness for my children. So, if that is my goal, how do I try to accomplish it? If it were up to me, I would give them experiences in an controlled environment, that would all work together build the quality characteristics and values that they could live their lives by that will produce the long-term happy life. So to me it is the same with the Father of our Spirits. He wants us to grow and be happy. So he made this earth, placed it here and made it just right for his children to come and have the experiences necessary to have them become happy in the long-term. God set up all this for us. He not only set it all up but He gave us a plan (the Gospel), rules, (the Commandments) and a way to re-set when we mess up (Repentance) and continual coaching and directing along the way (Prophets), and fatherly encouragement and love (Holy Spirit). To me it is the Perfect plan....and that plan is in action in each of our lives collectively and individually...and it is ALL, not part, ALL found within 'Mornonism'. That is why I am a Mormon

How I live my faith

It is a simple thing really. I try to listen to (AND FOLLOW) the directions from my Father as I am in this proving grounds of life that He set up for me. The directions come from the whisperings of His Spirit to my Spirit; from the inspired leaders He sent and still sends; from other (almost random) people I interact with; from what I read from inspired people; from the perfect example set by His Son; and other sacred writings. Anything that is good leads us in the direction we should go and conversely, anything that is bad leads us away from a good life. The real trick in life is knowing - and having the courage to follow- the good over the bad. It seems that I try - I mess up - I try again. I am grateful that He is patient, encouraging and continually forgiving. And that is how I try to live my faith - with patience, trying to encourage others and continually forgiving myself and them. It seems to me that we are all in this together, and when my children are on an adventure together, I'd like them to get along and help one-another. I think our Heavenly Father wants the same for us while we are on this adventure He set up for us. That is what life is all about..