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Hi I'm Erick Wadsworth

I have lived in southern Idaho for most of my life. My wife and I will serve a mission for the church next year. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I completed a mission for the LDS Church from 1972 - 1974. Upon my return home I married and we lived in Idaho. We are the parents of eight children and twenty-three grandchildren. I originally entered Brigham Young University (BYU) in the fall of 1969. I did not graduate until 2010. I was able to complete my undergraduate degree through the university's online program. Following graduation from BYU I enrolled in an online master's program in history at The University of Nebraska at Kearney. and graduated with a master's degree in 2014. I love history, particularly the western migration, in the United States, during the mid 1800s.

Why I am a Mormon

As I noted earlier, my dad and brother joined the Church while I was young. My baptism happened when I was eight years old. This is typically when a child is baptized in our Church. To this day I can remember how clean I felt after my father baptized me. Even though I was only eight years old the feeling of being clean was very powerful to me. During my teenage years I attended Church meetings, but I was focused on having fun. It wasn't until college that I began having a desire to know if the Church was true. I can remember how I would spend many evenings finding a private place to pray. I spent many evenings praying to Heavenly Father and asking if Joseph Smith actually restored the Savior's Church back to the earth. I expected and answer each time I prayed, but after concluding my prayer nothing happened. I didn't feel anything. I was very disappointed. However, a change began taking place. At various times I felt a warm feeling inside as I attended a Church meeting or a devotional at the university I attended. I began to believe the Church was true. After much soul searching I determined to serve a mission. It was during my mission that I received, what I call my confirmation concerning the Church. I was studying "The Book of Mormon" one evening about the Savior's visit to people living in the Americas shortly after his death and resurrection. During one part of His teaching He wept because of the faith of the people who were listening to Him. This particular evening as I read this account my entire body felt an almost overwhelming feeling of peace. I felt a renewed love for the Savior and His atonement and I now knew He was real and that the Church was what it claimed to be--the restored gospel of His ancient Church. I am grateful for my testimony of the Savior and His Church.

How I live my faith

My father and brother joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while our family lived in Florida. Shortly after they joined the Church, the family which included my mother, father and older brother moved to Idaho. The reason for the move was to place the family closer to my mother's relatives. She and my dad were married during World War II and my mother's family lived throughout Idaho and Utah. At the age of 20 I served a full time mission to the Delaware/Maryland Mission. I served in this mission from 1972 to 1974. After returning home I married a beautiful young lady and we brought eight children into the world. I have home taught, which is visiting specific families in the congregation, for more than forty years. I enjoy visiting the homes and becoming friends of the families I am asked to see. I spent many years working with young people, which brought me much satisfaction. In March of 1995 I began serving as a bishop over a local congregation. I served just over five years in this position and enjoyed the experience. In January 2017, my wife and I will begin serving a full time mission to the New England area. We will serve for a period of eighteen months. We are excited for this opportunity to go on a mission together. Our specific task is to enter locations with archival material and photograph specific records. This will allow others to access these documents online to enhance the research of their ancestors.