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Hi I'm Eric

I'm a linguist at heart, an analyst by profession, musician, writer, movie buff, jazz enthusiast, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Salt Lake City. My beautiful wife and I have three wonderful children. I play the saxophone and the piano. I love to read and study new things. I spent two years in Hong Kong on a proselyting mission for the Church and loved it. I love to learn and had many interests in college, including chemistry, music, and Chinese. I have a degree in Linguistics and am intrigued by the structure of language. I am a Workforce Planning Supervisor for a local utility. I have written a play, though it isn't published. My dream is to write plays, novels, and scholarly papers.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church. Both my parents are members, and I have Mormon pioneer ancestry. Having said that, I have experienced my own conversion. It didn't happen all at once, but slowly over time. I would say it's still happening. I was influenced by many sources - whether it was the examples and love of my parents, brothers, sisters, friends, and leaders, or the words of the scriptures, or the way I feel when I give service, or the way I feel when I realize I've made a mistake and try to do better and be more like Christ. Most importantly, I've learned for myself that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I know it by the power of the Holy Ghost. I feel it when I pray, and when I live the gospel, and when I use the priesthood to bless the lives of others. I know God lives and that He loves us. I know that Jesus is the Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, and that the Book of Mormon is a true and inspired witness of Christ - the most true and correct book on earth. I know that true happiness comes from living the gospel and through obedience to the commandments of God. And I know that the priesthood and the fullness of the gospel have been restored to the earth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Savior's true church. I also know that families can be together, not just in this life, but in eternity, and that this is possible through the sacred ordinances of the temple. And all this because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday. And I live by faith everyday. It permeates everything I do. I wouldn't be who I am without it. Being a Mormon is like the times my grandpa would take me fishing when I was young. It was fun and I felt alive and connected to the beauty of creation. There were challenges, moments of frustration, opportunities to learn, grow, and be patient. And grandpa always gave me a job. I couldn't be in his boat without something important to do, no matter how small. I often went home tired and spent from these outings, and couldn't wait to go again, even if grandma made my clean my fish afterwards. Being a member of the Church is very much the same. It's fun. And it's a different kind of fun. It's not distracted fun or destructive fun. It's about knowing who you really are, knowing who you can become, knowing your connection not just to creation but to the Creator. And it's choosing to be His, to be one with Him, to be truly alive and connected on every level. Yes, there are challenges, moments of frustration, opportunities to learn, grow, and be patient, but that's life. My faith makes it possible to experience life as it is and still call it fun without trying to numb it, escape it, or distract myself from it. And I always have an assignment, or a calling. You can't be in the Church without being asked to do something important, no matter how big or small. I've been a helper, teacher, a leader, a missionary, and a bishop. And I'm always a learner. Most importantly, it helps me be a better husband, father, son, brother, friend, neigbhbor and worker, in short a better person. I live my faith by exercising faith in the ultimate Fisher of men and women, the Savior Jesus Christ, by repenting daily (continuous improvement), by making and keeping sacred covenants (promises between God and me), and by relying on Him for strength, comfort, and healing. I'm not perfect but I can be perfected in Him, and so can you.