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Hi I'm Eric

I'm a graduate student in the sciences. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in North Carolina. I am a third-year Bioengineering Ph.D. student studying the effects of general anesthetics on the brain. I am excited to learn more about the world around me through the scientific method and help advance treatment methods for patients worldwide. Aside from school, I enjoy reading, playing tennis and ultimate frisbee, and camping. I love listening to movie soundtracks and other music. I also like playing board games. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child, my parents would take me to church each week. Every evening, we would read a page from the Book of Mormon together as a family. Most importantly, I learned from the example of my parents, grandparents, and others in my life that the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings lasting happiness and stability into the lives of those who live by its teachings. Over time, my own conviction that the teachings of the church were true grew. Because I am not perfect, I quickly came to realize the joy and peace that comes from sincere repentance. In other words, I learned by exercising the principles taught to me and seeing that the results were good. One of the greatest contributors to my desire to continue to be a Mormon comes from reading the scriptures. It's not always easy--it takes some time and effort to read and understand them. Often, I pray before I read to ask for help. However, it is those times that I've made a real effort to study the words of the prophets in the Book of Mormon and Bible that I have felt inspiration come to me through the Holy Ghost. These feelings of confirmation are a witness from God to me that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Joseph Smith was called as a prophet to restore His church on the earth.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite quotes is by a former church Apostle Bruce R. McConkie: “It is wholesome and proper to look for similitudes of Christ everywhere and to use them repeatedly in keeping him and his laws uppermost in our minds." One of the ways I choose to live my faith is by looking for evidence of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father in my own life. By constantly acknowledging the blessings of God in my life and in the lives of those I love, I have found my testimony of Him grow. My appreciation for the wondrous gift of the Atonement of Jesus Christ has also deepened. As a student, I have constantly faced struggles with classes, research, and relationships that have brought me to my knees asking for help from a loving, perfect Heavenly Father. Then after I put forth my best efforts and have seen things work out, I have made it a point to remember where my success has come from. This has helped me to draw closer to God and has brought more spiritual feelings than almost any other thing in my life.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Mormons believe that the Holy Bible is the word of God, as long as it is translated correctly. I have received strength and inspiration many times as I have read from the books of the Old and New Testaments. Some of my favorite passages are included below. These passages teach about the divinity of Christ, His ability to cleanse us from our sins, and ways in which we can discern truth, including the truth of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: "He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 16:15-17) "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Isaiah 1:18) "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." (John 7:17) "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him." (1 John 5:14-15) Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Mormons believe that God has prepared a way, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and through ordinances available in holy temples, that families can be together forever. This promise has filled me with hope throughout my life, especially at the passing of loved ones. This promise is also available to those who struggle with homosexuality. Prophets, both ancient and modern, have spoken out in order to protect the family unit. One threat to the family is the promotion of same-sex marriage. Each of us faces temptations in this life. These may be temptations of anger, pride, lust, idleness, homosexuality, etc. We have also been given the power to choose how we act in the circumstances we face. As we act in a way that is in accordance with God's commandments, we are blessed. As the Savior taught, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. In harmony with this teaching, the church reaches out to those who struggle with homosexuality. They are not alone, and can rely on the strength of the Savior to meet life's challenges. They can be just as faithful in keeping God's commandments. As they do so, they will receive all the blessings that God has promised his children, for, as it says in Acts 10:34, "God is no respecter of persons." Show more Show less