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Hi I'm Erick

I lost my mother to cancer when she was just 64. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 5 kids and a beautiful wife (to whom I have been married for over 14 years). During those 14 years, we have moved 12 times. We have lived in 4 states, 7 cities, and 11 apartments/houses. My hobbies include watching my kids play sports, playing basketball, watching movies and reading (I love to read). My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I have struggled through school earning a BA and an MBA. While working on my BA, I worked full-time and had 3 kids that were born into our family. By the time I started the MBA program, there were 4 children in our family and I was working part-time. I lost my mother to a 10 year battle with cancer when I was just 33. She was a beautiful woman whom I admired very much and miss with all my heart.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. Mom and dad took me every Sunday without fail. As a result, I grew up believing that Jesus is the Christ and that Joseph Smith was a prophet. This, however, did not serve to keep me from questioning these ideas and wondering if I was in the right place each Sunday. Every young man is asked to serve a mission for the church when he is between the ages of 19 and 25. When I turned 18, I realized that my faith rested solely on my parents belief and that I did not know whether or not the things they taught me were true. I decided that, in order for me to dedicate 2 years of my life teaching others about the church, I needed to know in my heart whether or not Joseph Smith really was a prophet, and if the Book of Mormon was really scripture from God. James 1:5 tells us that we can ask God when we need answers, and that he will answer us if we are truly committed to follow what he tells us. I began to ask every night as I went to bed whether or not the Book of Mormon was true. After many months of asking, I was given that answer in a very sacred way. It left no doubt in my mind that the Book of Mormon is scripture and is true. As a result, Joesph Smith had to be a prophet, for God would not give scriptures to a wicked man. Since this experience, I have done all that I can to live according to the standards, principles, and covenants of this church. I have made mistakes, but I know that those mistakes can be swallowed up in the Atonement of Jesus Christ through repentance.

How I live my faith

I serve in my church through the scouting program. I help the young boys between the ages of 14 & 16 work towards becoming better men in our society. I have been asked to shepard 3 familes in my church. It has been an awesome experience to watch their families grow and change. They have become friends and family to me.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Erick
I have heard this question a few times while growing up in the Bible Belt. Many people think that we worship him because we talk of him so often in church, and when telling others of the church. I can understand the confusion to some degree, but not entirely. Never has the church worshipped Joseph Smith in any way. We do not claim him to be a savior, we do not pray to him, we do not support his family monetarily. We recognize him as a great prophet (just as Moses and Abraham were great prophets). We honor him as a man of morals and character, a man of God, a man who sacrificed everything to bring about more scriptures and who suffered many privations while doing so. Through him, the Lord restored His doctrine and covenants to the earth for the benefit of man. For these reasons, we testify to the world that he was a prophet because if people truly search to understand what and why he did what he did, they will come to know Jesus Christ more fully. Show more Show less