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Hi I'm Erick

I am a football coach, athletic director... and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the church living in the small Southern California city of Carlsbad. As the oldest of seven children and the son of converts to the church, our home was filled with church activity. However, I often struggled to find my way and set the proper example to my peers. You see my father worked several jobs to provide for us and even spent over a year in another state while my mother watched over us at home. These times were tough and often tested my resolve and testimony. It was not until I returned from an LDS mission to South Carolina that I found the courage to proudly share my convictions with my peers regarding our Heavenly Father, His' son Jesus Christ and the fullness of the Gospel here on the Earth. My wife and I are now the proud parents five beautiful and talented children. We try each day to instill this sense of conviction and to stand for what is right, but allow others that same right. To be proud to pronounce your beliefs and set a better example each day, without becoming prideful in ourselves. Raising children in today's society can be a challenging task, but through my parents example of endurance and resolve, each day brings more joy. We recently lost one of our children to an accidental death. This event has had a profound affect on our family and our knowledge of God's plan. As traumatic as the experience has been, it has solidified our belief that we will be together as a family again someday.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young man growing up in the church temptations seemed to be around every corner. Often you are able to fight those temptations but until a firm foundation is built, storms will do their damage. Even though I was "born" into the church, I consider myself a convert. I went through the same struggles as my friends, made the same mistakes and then "found" my Savior through prayer, scripture study and much personal reflection. I know that what I know believe is true, not because someone else told me it was, but because I have had personal revelation. God lives and He loves us. His Son lived, died and was resurrected for us. My family and I will live with them again for all eternity.

How I live my faith

Our family motto is... to take life one day at a time, enjoying ever second of every minute. Our service is the same. We enjoy visiting with members of our congregation in their homes through what we call, "home teaching". I spend many hours with my sons chopping wood, raking leaves, delivering home backed cookies to friends and visiting the elderly. Service is the key to happiness. When we serve others and forget ourselves, we find ourselves. At my sons funeral, I was able to share several stories, most of which contrasted the differences between selfishness and selflessness. We try to live as selfless as we can. We are not always successful but we do realize that this is the way to true happiness.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. He is my personal Savior. He is the literal Son of God. He is a member of the Godhead with his Father and the Holy Spirit. In the pre-existence he volunteered to come to this earth and sacrifice himself to redeem us from sin and to open the door for the resurrection of us all. By obedience to his teaching we cannot only receive a resurrection of body and spirit but also a place in Heaven with our eternal family. Show more Show less

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

The family is essential to our Father in Heaven's plan. We are put here on earth to help each other through the family unit to learn, grow and return to our Father's presence. After the loss of our son, my family and I have experienced the true knowledge that we will be reunited again in heaven. Show more Show less