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Hi I'm Eric

I'm a husband and father. I love to learn. I am a public servant. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Many people know my practical, grown-up side. I spend my workdays researching, writing, and editing at the Department of Homeland Security. During my morning commute, I listen to the news on public radio. I bring leftovers for lunch, and I mostly read non-fiction. But, my family and friends know my silly, adventurous side. I write funny stories for my five kids. I enjoy wearing out my dog at the park. I like discovering new places so I have traveled to Bahrain, Belize, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom. If my dream job paid better, I would go back to coaching swimming.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have seen that the gospel of Jesus Christ brings happiness and inspires us to be better. I love hearing my small children say things like "We should be nice to the earth because God made it." When my wife was in the hospital, my friends at church showed true Christianity by giving up their weekend to watch my children. I find peace when I read the scriptures after a frustrating day. Nothing strengthens my marriage more than hearing my wife's hopes and worries as we kneel in prayer at the end of each day.

How I live my faith

I believe being a Christian means accepting a call to lift those around me. I tell my family that I love them every day. I regularly visit with various families in my congregation, particularly those that are going through a trying time. At work, I enjoy helping my coworkers complete a project or taking a moment to listen.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

We go to a chapel on Sunday for worship services, Sunday school classes, and meetings of the church's organizations for men, women, youth, and children. In these meetings, we learn the gospel and encourage each other as we try to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Sunday meetings are open to anyone who wants to visit. Temples are used for special services like a marriage ceremony. Because everything that occurs in a temple involves making promises with God, members of the church only go when they are prepared to make and keep those promises.   Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Because families are central to God's plan for us, he has prepared a way for each of us to live together with our families even after we die. In families, we learn to love, serve, cooperate, put others first, and have joy. These are all things God wants for us. My belief that I can live with my wife after this life has greatly strengthened our marriage. It gives us a reason to work through the ups and downs that any couple experiences. It inspires us prioritize our relationship. Show more Show less