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Hi I'm Erik

I'm a husband and father of three wonderful children. I love sports. I'm a commercial real estate professional, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Unlike many LDS families, I grew up an only child. This allowed me to forge close relationships with many cousins and friends who helped fill that role. My wife and I have three children who keep us busy, stressed, and force us to constantly use our energy to keep up with them. We absolutely love them. It is fun to watch the bond that develops among siblings. I love watching sports, especially the Utah Jazz and University of Utah football and basketball teams. As long as I can remember I've loved baseball, basketball, football, golf, tennis, etc., etc., etc. Sports fascinate me. I love following the strategy in personnel decisions, the psyche of the teams, and watching athletes compete. For work I am a global commercial real estate professional. I help companies who have real estate needs throughout the world to be more streamlined and efficient. I have enjoyed meeting people and learning from new cultures throughout the world. There is a genuine kindness I've found in people in every country I've traveled.

Why I am a Mormon

Christ is the Savior of the world, and I believe He wants each of us to return to live with Him again. In this great mystery of life, my family has always been most important to me. When loved ones pass away, I feel a bond with them and a calm assurance their spirit lives on. Now that I am married, I have developed deep relationships with my wife and children that I hope would exist after I die. But how do I know if they really do? If God really lives, which I believe He does, then I believe one of His greatest desires for us is to live in His presence with our families after we die. The teachings, covenants (promises we make with God) and commandments, and guidance of prophets help us not only to become better people, but help strengthen our families. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has taught me that as a child of God, I have enormous eternal potential and an opportunity to obtain eternal joy and happiness if I follow its teachings. I choose to believe because I believe I am here on earth with a purpose, not by chance, and I believe that my family and I can live together again after this life. I have felt the Holy Ghost create harmony of my mind and heart as I've sought out the truthfulness of the gospel and have applied its teachings. I believe that God is very real and that He knows each of us. I have felt deep spiritual feelings that I can only attribute to coming from God. I firmly believe He loves us, so much that He sent His son to pay for our sins so we can all return home to His presence.

How I live my faith

For the past few years I have served in my local ward as a teacher from 11 year olds, teenagers, and adults. One of my favorite parts about teaching is working with the class to explore ways the gospel relates to our lives right now. Classes are exciting when many are engaged in a fruitful discussion. I love asking questions about how stories in the scriptures apply to us and learning from those who answer who draw on their own life experiences. There are many forces in the world that oppose the gospel of Jesus Christ. I enjoy discussing why each person believes in the gospel, then identifying specific things to improve our behavior because we believe, so that our lives are more in harmony with God's teachings. Teaching is a very fulfilling responsibility for me, and I am grateful that this Church provides me with the opportunity.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Together, my wife and I make decisions for our family. We discuss how to raise our children, finances, what activities our kids should join, what the rules of the house are, where we should go on family vacations, and what we want our house to be like. We don't always agree on every approach each other takes, but we are committed to raising our family in righteousness. My wife has gifts and strengths that she uses to the benefit of our family, as do I. We have decided that for the early years of our children, it is best for our family for me to work and for her to be home with our children to involve them in activities, teach them, and help them grow and develop. We are the co-leaders of our family, and each of us use our strengths to help our family grow. Show more Show less