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Hi I'm Eric

I grew up a Liberal Jew in California. I ended up a Liberal Mormon in Salt Lake City.

About Me

I was raised without any special interest in politics or religion or anything too serious really. Now I am a graduate of Brigham Young University in Political Science, a Democrat, and I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was 18. It is interesting to understand the paradigm shift of being unaffiliated with any religious group and growing up in Southern California, to the homogeneity of Provo, UT. Now I am newly married and looking to start out on life's next journey with my wife. I love music. I play guitar and the drums. I listen to music constantly and write it occasionally. I love sports. The LA Lakers, Dodgers, BYU Cougars, and UCLA Bruins are my life. I love my friends and my family, but I am the only member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints among them. I am not afraid of arguing and fighting for my faith or my politics and I will always stand up for the little guy or the poor or the needy.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church after accepting an invitation from some friends during my senior year of high school. Years earlier, I had accepted the fact that no religion today preached what I believed. I had resigned myself to just having my own little personal religion where I knew Christ was important but never really elaborated on the extent of that importance. When the missionaries introduced the Church to me, it was like someone finally understood what I thought was the religion I had made for myself. Each and every lesson they taught was some principal I already knew and accepted personally. It did not take much time or work, but plenty of faith and a new focus on the importance of a Christ like life that committed me to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Now I am adamant about my religion and the importance of the restoration of truth through Joseph Smith and the importance of missionary work and faith. I have always been a logical person, and there is no logical explanation as to why the Church of Jesus Christ on Latter Day Saints could not be the restored church led by Christ himself.

How I live my faith

Other than doing my best to attend church every week, I have long felt that my goal is to preach the gospel to my family. The most fundamental principal of this church is the idea that families can be together forever, and all I want is to ensure that will happen for us. I demonstrate my faith through example and do my best to serve those around me and do what I can, professionally, to change the world for the better.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Eric
The bible is the word of Christ to his peers. It is his most personal admonition to follow him and remember him, because they were his friends. He was raised following the laws set forth in the biblical law and fulfilled them directly through his atonement and resurrection. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Eric
Your body is a vessel. It is the means to which you can accomplish things in life and the way that God can accomplish things with you. As we strive to be instruments in his hands, to serve those in need and do our best to be better everyday, we need to be able to rely on that body as much as possible. As such, we do what we can to best take care of ourselves physically so we can be ready when the spiritual side of it requires our exertions. We should represent ourselves as the people we want to be and how you take care of yourself is, in many ways, a version of that. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Eric
In the sense that we have a faith that maintains belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ, yes we are Christians. When Jesus' apostles wanted to know what to call themselves, the name Christian was used as a way to delineate those who believed in the teachings of Jesus and has faith in his plan and atonement. In a more modern definition, many people define "christian" as simply "not-catholic" or a version of protestantism. By those definitions, I do not consider myself part of those groups because I am not defined by what I am not, I am defined by what I am, and that is quite simply a follower of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less