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Hi I'm Eric Slaugh

I'm a personal trainer, I'm a student at BYU and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with my two brothers and parents. During my growing up years music was a huge part of my life, and I learned to play the piano, trumpet, bass guitar, drums, trombone and guitar. Starting at age 14 I began playing in a rock band with my brother and several friends, and played in several bands from age 14 to 19. At age 19 I served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the southern tip of Argentina. After I returned from Argentina I began studying at Brigham Young University, studying advertising and business management. I currently work as a personal trainer at a local gym, and I hope to open up my own chain of gyms in the future.

Why I am a Mormon

The world seems to try to belittle individuals as much as possible unless they conform to certain social norms. Working as a personal trainer, I work one-on-one with a large variety of individuals, and I have seen many people gauge their self-worth by their physical appearance, net worth, or social status. I am a Mormon because I believe that our Heavenly Father loves all of his children on the earth infinitely, and we are loved by Him no matter how the world views us. I have learned this through reading The Bible and The Book of Mormon, and through modern-day prophets that are inspired by God and Jesus Christ to guide us today. I know that God is involved in each one of our lives, and He has a plan so that after this life we can return to live with Him and with our families.

How I live my faith

Our faith is lived through our actions. One of the biggest decisions I have made in my life up till this point was deciding to serve a mission for this Church. It was the best experience of my life to be able to teach those in a different country gospel principles I know to be true, and to help others come to know their savior Jesus Christ. I saw how much hope it brought many families I knew there. I really grew to love the people I got to know there. Since I've returned I always try to inspire others to be their best selves, and focus on the positive in life. My family has been a part of this church for many generations, and although I am very grateful for their support in living my faith, it is something that I personally decided to become a part of.