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Hi I'm Eric

I love to jump out of airplanes for fun. Computers are a passion of mine. I work with Satellites, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm someone that loves life and loves the thrills it has to offer! It must be why I was an avid skydiver for a number of years. The only reason I quit was to go on the next greatest adventure, that of being married and starting a family. My wife and two children are by far my greatest adventure, and I can't imagine life without them! I spend most of my spare time helping friends and family with computer issues. I'm an avid computer geek. During the day I'm a satellite jockey (analyzing, writing, debugging and fixing satellite software), by night I'm an info junkie that likes to read up on technology, or spend the time fixing computers for my friends and family. I'm also a bit of a thinker. I like to really dig down into problems, and analyze them until there pretty much isn't any other way to look at them. I constantly want to know every aspect of a problem, and then I tend to kick into problem solving mode; which is probably why I love the software industry.

Why I am a Mormon

There are so many reasons I could give for being a Mormon. I'd say mostly it's because I finally learned to love God, and only learned to love him through my correspondence with members of his church. I wasn't big on religion when I met my first Mormon. In fact I was someone that frequently asked God why he let me suffer or asked why I was being punished. Today the thought of "being punished" sounds silly to me because I have learned that God doesn't punish us. He watches us, waits for us to experience the effects of our decisions and either rejoices with us in our triumphs, or gives us the tender love we need when we need it most. All he asks is that we turn our hearts to him. I've learned that as long as I seek God out (either when I am happy or sad) that he is there for me and desires nothing more than for my well being. I have had some rather personal and deeply spiritual experiences in my life that have confirmed to me again and again, that reaffirm my conviction to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. God never said that life was going to be easy, he just said that if we turn our hearts to him, that he will make us able to bear the burdens we carry. It's this perspective and those other personal sacred experiences in my life that I can reflect on in times of distress. This allows me to find strength and remember why "I'm a Mormon".

How I live my faith

Honestly I live my Faith day to day. It sounds strange saying it that way, but I can't think of any better way to say it. We all have better days than others, and I am just like anyone else. It's what I take away from each day that matters to me. Have I grown? Have I learned something new about myself that I can improve on? Have I found joy in something simple during the day? I find that daily introspection is the best way for me to gauge how I am living my faith. Currently, I am blessed to be a priesthood leader in our local congregation (Ward). I am blessed to minister to families that may or may not have needs, but am charged with making sure that they have someone to turn to if the need ever arises. I get to visit with amazing people in their homes, share in their experiences, feel the warmth of their families, and get the opportunity to share my time and talents with them whenever possible.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Eric
The temple is a very sacred place on earth, and it's a place where we go to make stronger commitments/covenants with God. We believe firmly that whatever knowledge and wisdom God blesses us with, we are held accountable for. In order to enter the temple we are asked to live according to the basic covenants and doctrines of Gods law. Simple things like attending church regularly, living healthy, having a firm belief in Jesus Christ, etc. To better explain, I'll turn on my Engineering mindset for a moment and liken it to School. We wouldn't imagine starting our Elementary School children off learning Calculus, Physics, or any complex topic. We rather teach them the basics, and then allow them to grow and learn in order that they can prepare for the more complex and difficult topics. It's very much the same thing with our temples. We cannot have a clear conscience sending someone into the temple to make stronger commitments to God (which they will be held accountable for), if they are not prepared to accept and live according to the covenants made there. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Eric
Not at all. In fact I spend more time trying to help others that are not Mormon. Just one example: My wife and I were blessed with an opportunity to organize a group of our priesthood holders to assist a single mother who was being forced to move. On her own she had no means of accomplishing such a task. She wasn't a Mormon, and it didn't matter. She is one of Gods children, and we are all Gods children. Jesus Christ himself taught that we should serve others, not just those who believe, but anyone who has a need. We try our best to serve anyone and everyone regardless of their membership status. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Eric
That's one of the amazing things about the Latter Day Saint church. We all are asked to make some sacrifices in our lives to serve our God. The keyword is asked. Everyone has a choice and the opportunity to say no. When I stop to think about things though; I see that God has given me everything that I have, all that is asked for in return is some of my time. Really it's not a burden either. I have found that through service, I have learned more about the Gospel, have gained a stronger spirituality, and have found more happiness through serving others. God put each one of us on earth to grow and learn, and it's a privilege to be asked to be a part of something simply amazing. Show more Show less