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Hi I'm Erich

I'm a father of five beautiful children, I'm a Nurse Anesthetist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in western Wyoming near the Tetons and Yellowstone. When I turned 19 I went to Lima, Peru to serve as a missionary. When I returned home, I studied Spanish and Nursing at the University of Wyoming. After I graduated I worked as an intensive care nurse for 5 years. This was a rewarding job but I wanted to keep learning, so I attended graduate school for nurse anesthesia at OHSU in Portland, OR. We decided to stay in Oregon when I completed my training. We love weekend getaways to the Oregon coast, trips to the Tillamook cheese factory, and playing on the beach. I enjoy fishing in my spare time when I'm not working at the hospital as a Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). I also try to sneak in some time to read a good book when I can.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many people who were raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I eventually had to find out for myself if everything I had learned as a child was true. For me, this knowledge came over time, through study and after a lot of prayer and fasting. These compiled experiences have further strengthened my conviction that Jesus Christ is my Savior, Joseph Smith was a true Prophet of God, and the Book of Mormon is the word of God as is the Bible. I know these things to be true because I've prayed to God and he has answered my prayers through the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

I serve as the Sunday School president in my ward (congregation). Teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the youth of my church helps me feel like I'm a positive influence in their lives. My family and I try to be Christ-like examples to those around us. We read the scriptures as a family and we pray together. It can be difficult to feel like we are accomplishing anything with 5 small children, but we know that they are watching, listening, and learning from everything we do.