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Hi I'm Eric Morrison

I'm a Mormon - a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I keep myself pretty busy. Probably too busy. I own a small marketing company. Some of our services include graphic design (logo design, brand/identity development, etc.) and website design. We also offer face-to-face promotions for our clients. These services are most common for the restaurants we work with. I am a musician. I play trumpet, trombone, piano, and play-with the guitar. I have been in several bands over the last 15 years. The music my bands play is called Ska. The music originated in Jamaica. I also write Christian/religious music (hymns and uplifting music). I have been married to my beautiful, wonderful wife for 10 years. We met in high school and have been "dating" since then. At this point, we have one 12 lb son named Titan - a long-hair Chihuahua. My wife and I center our life around the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We love the Savior and we are grateful for His life and example. I know that it is only through Jesus Christ that we can be saved and forgiven of our sins and short-comings. I know that there is a God and that He is my literal Father. I know that He has a plan for us. I know that He loves all of His children. I am so very thankful for this knowledge. My testimony and knowledge of these things has truly blessed my life in so many ways. The Holy Spirit has borne witness to me that the Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon are true scripture. I know that the Bible is true. I know that The Book of Mormon is true ancient scripture - a history of a civilization which inhabited a portion of the ancient Americas. The Holy Ghost has testified to me of these truths. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's Church on the earth in these last days. I know that God lives and that Jesus Christ is His literal Son. I know that it is through the atonement of Jesus Christ that I can be forgiven of my sins. Knowing these truths with a surety is an incredible blessing in my life and a blessing to my family.

Why I am a Mormon

My father is a convert to the Church and my mother's parents are converts. I was raised as a Mormon. I was 17 years old when I decided to read the Book of Mormon for the first time. I had read from it in Sunday School classes and in weekly family-night lessons. Until that age, I had not yet read it because I wanted to. I wanted to know for myself what the Book of Mormon is and to learn more about the Church to which I belonged. I picked up the Book of Mormon and began to read it for myself. As a child and then a teenager, I never really paid too much attention to what the Book of Mormon was. I'm sure I had been taught about the book several times over the first 17 years of my life - I just never paid too much attention! I finally learned - for myself - that the Book of Mormon is a collection of ancient prophets' writings. I learned that these prophets lived on the western hemisphere, somewhere in the ancient Americas. I learned that there were prophets on that continent who knew and taught about Jesus Christ. They prophesied of His birth, His atonement, and His resurrection. These prophets taught the people of their land of the life of the Savior. They taught His gospel. I learned that after His resurrection Jesus Christ visited the people of the ancient Americas and taught His gospel and established His church among them. The prophets who recorded their teachings and history in the Book of Mormon passed their record down through several generations. The book covers about 1,000 years worth of history. I learned that the Book of Mormon is named after one of the prophets in the book who compiled and abridged its 1,000-year history. I also learned that the last prophet to write in the Book of Mormon Mormon's son buried the record to preserve it to come forth at a later time. This prophet's name is Moroni. Moroni left a promise to those who would read the book in the last days that they we can know that the book is a true record by reading it, pondering its message, and praying to know of its truth. He promised that the Holy Ghost would manifest the truthfulness of the book to its readers. I took Moroni up on his promise. I have obtained my own, personal witness by the power of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true. Moroni appeared to a young man by the name of Joseph Smith in 1823 and commissioned him to translate the ancient record and to publish it to the world by the name of The Book of Mormon. It is another testament of the divinity of Jesus Christ. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are often called "Mormons" because of the title of this book. It is also by the power of the Holy Ghost that I know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God and that the Lord restored His Church back to the earth in the year 1830. I am a Mormon because the Holy Ghost has testified to me that these things are true. I know that they are. I have read the Book of Mormon more than 40 times. The Holy Ghost continues to bear witness to me of its truth. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am very active in my local church community. My wife and I both volunteer in various service capacities within our local congregation. My wife works with the young women and I serve in a men's organization. With the men of our congregation, I serve others by teaching Sunday School classes and teach sermons on occasion. I try to live my Christian faith openly. I enjoy helping others to draw closer to God and to the Savior. I love the scriptures. I read from the Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon daily.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Eric Morrison
Some people do call the Mormon Church a cult. This label is inaccurate and untrue. Those who call Mormonism a cult are either misguided or intentionally misleading others. The correct name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The birth of this label comes from the mid 1800's just after the Church was founded in 1830. The Church became a missionary church shortly after it was organized. Thousands of people each month were converting to the Church in America and across the ocean in Europe. Some converts joined the church by themselves and others with their families. Some of those converts were pastors and ministers of other religions. As converts joined this new American religion, they desired to join with the Saints at their headquarters. At one point, the Church was headquartered on a bend of the Mississippi River in the state of Illinois, USA. The Saints named the city Nauvoo, "beautiful". This city quickly became the largest city in the state at the time. Wherever the Church's headquarters was located, the Saints followed. Those who were not members of the Church who witnessed the new religion growing so rapidly began to be concerned. What kind of religion would attract converts so quickly? What kind of religion would inspire converts to leave the comfort of their homes and cross the American prairie and in many cases - an ocean to be close the the Church? Many individuals preferred to call the new religion a cult rather than investigate its beliefs and practices. Many people who perpetuated the "cult" label were ministers of other religions. Why? If ministers did not denounce the new religion they would risk the possibility of losing members of their own congregation. Which teachings of the Church did members of other faiths reject? 1. Joseph Smith was visited by God and His Son Jesus Christ. Some believe that God and Jesus are one person and not two separate and distinct individuals. Others could not believe that visions could happen outside of "Bible times". 2. Joseph Smith claimed to be a prophet. Some believed that prophets were no longer necessary and that God doesn't have prophets anymore. 3. Joseph Smith introduced a new book of scripture called The Book of Mormon. Some individuals refused to accept that God would have another book to compliment the Holy Bible. The purpose of the Book of Mormon is to 1. Testify of Christ, 2. Testify that the Holy Bible is True and support its teachings, and 3. Help others to know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet and that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth. The Church's claim is that Jesus Christ called Joseph Smith to be a prophet, that Priesthood authority to act in the name of God has been restored, and Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church has been restored in its fullness. These claims are pretty tough to swallow, especially if you are a minister of another religion. It was easier for people to quickly denounce the new American religion as a cult than to research, ponder, and pray to know whether its claims were true. The "cult" label has continued to be passed down for more than 180 years. I testify to you that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's restored Church on the earth today. I know it is a hefty claim... but it is true. I promise that if you will read The Book of Mormon, ponder its teachings, and pray to God to know that it is true - God will answer your prayers and by the power of the Holy Ghost you will know for yourself that these things are true. It is by that same process that I know with surety that it is true. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Eric Morrison
Mormons are Christians. The name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is surprising that some would claim that a church with a name as ours is not a Christian church. Mormon is a nickname that comes from the Church's use of a book of scripture called The Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is a companion book of scripture comparable to the Holy Bible. The Book of Mormon is an account of God's dealings with His children on the western hemisphere - the Americas - about the same time that the Holy Bible illustrates God's dealings with those living on the eastern hemisphere. It is frustrating to hear others say that Mormons are not Christians. Actually, it is hurtful. I love Jesus Christ. I know that He is my Savior. I am grateful for and dependent on his atoning sacrifice for me. I know that without the grace of Jesus Christ that I cannot be saved. Each member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Satins feels the same way. My whole life is centered on Jesus. My life decisions are based on my foundational faith in and reliance on the Savior and His gospel. I believe that many who label Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as non-Christians are inaccurate in their belief. What is a Christian? A Christian... 1. Loves The Holy Bible and lives by its teachings, 2. Knows and loves Jesus Christ, and 3. Believes that it is only through the grace of Jesus Christ that a person can be saved. A Mormon... 1. Loves The Holy Bible and lives by its teachings, 2. Knows and loves Jesus Christ, and 3. Believes that it is only through the grace of Jesus Christ that a person can be saved. I wish that I had hours and hours to express on this profile my honest, true love for the Savior. To know a Mormon who lives his religion is to know a man who honors and worships the Jesus Christ of the New Testament as his personal Savior. Critics may say that Mormons believe differently than other Christian churches and therefore should be labeled as non-Christian. Show me a Christian denomination that doesn't differ in doctrine from the next. If Christian churches didn't believe differently on Christian doctrine there would only be one religion today - there would be no need for multiple Christian denominations. I testify that Mormons are Christian. I am a Christian. I love Jesus Christ. I know that "all things were made by him and without him was not any thing made that was made” - John 1:3. I know that He “went about doing good” - Acts 10:38. I know that Jesus suffered in the garden of Gethsemane and died on a cross at Calvary for my sins and for the sins of all those who would live on the earth. I am a Mormon and I am a Christian. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Eric Morrison
The Book of Mormon is a volume of scripture comparable to the Holy Bible. Just as the Holy Bible is a historical record of God's dealings with His children in the eastern hemisphere, the Book of Mormon is an historical record of God's dealings with His children on the western hemisphere - the Americas. About 600 years before the birth of Christ, a prophet by the name of Lehi lived in Jerusalem and was instructed to lead his family and others in a journey along the borders of the Red Sea. After several years, God commanded the group to build a ship and travel across. The group crossed the ocean landing somewhere in - or about - Meso-America. The group established a great civilization and God continued to call prophets from among the people. A prophet Nephi wrote: "We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins" - 2 Nephi 25:16. These prophets wrote of and taught of Christ for about 1,000 years. They passed records on from one prophet-writer to the next. One prophet by the name of Mormon reviewed all of the records kept among the people and abridged the records. Mormon compiled, copied, and made commentary on the civilization's history and made it into one record/book. This took place around 400 A.D. This is why it is called the Book of Mormon. He placed the record onto gold plates so that they would be preserved to come forth in the last days. The Book of Mormon records Christ's visit among the people in the Americas just after he was resurrected. The savior taught His gospel and established His Church among them. Joseph Smith, a young man living in upstate New York in the 1800's was led to the gold plates by an angel named Moroni - Mormon's son. Moroni was the last prophet to write on the gold plates. Just after writing his testimony on the record, Moroni buried it in a hill about 421 A.D. which was near young Joesph Smith's home. Moroni instructed Joseph Smith to translate the record into English. More than 100 million copies of the Book of Mormon have been printed in 93 different languages and distributed since the year 1830. I have read the Book of Mormon more than 40 times. I read from the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon daily. The Holy Ghost testifies to me each day of the truthfulness of both books of scripture. There are three primary reasons to me why we have the Book of Mormon today: 1. To testify that Jesus is the Christ, 2. To testify that the Holy Bible is true, and 3. To help others to know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth. - Testify that Jesus is the Christ - There are 6,607 verses in the Book of Mormon. There are 3,925 references to Christ in those verses. If averaged out, the Book of Mormon refers to Christ about 1.7 times per verse in the book. In addition to numbers and statistics, the book is filled with testimony of the truthfulness of the Savior and teaches His gospel. It is a beautiful record testifying of the divinity of Jesus Christ. - Testify that the Holy Bible is True - From the beginning verses of the Book of Mormon you will read of the prophets in the book testifying of the importance and truthfulness of the Holy Bible. The Book of Mormon teaches the same doctrines as the Holy Bible. As you read from the Book of Mormon you will find that it supports the doctrines of the Bible. This is very important in today's world. For example, the Bible teaches that baptism should be performed by an individual having authority from God and that it should be performed by complete immersion under the water. The Book of Mormon teaches the same about this saving ordinance. As each book teaches the same doctrines you can know that the teachings and both books true. - To know that Joseph Smith is a Prophet & Church of Christ Restored - If Joseph Smith would have claimed to be a prophet and that others should follow him because he knew the "right" gospel and DIDN'T have the Book of Mormon, it would be very difficult for others to follow him. The Lord prepared the Book of Mormon to come forth in the last days to help others to know that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth. Just before burying the gold plates - the Book of Mormon, Moroni left a promise in the last chapter of the book to those who would read it in the last days: 3. Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. 4. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. 5. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things. -- Moroni 10:3-5 I promise that if you will read the Book of Mormon, ponder its teachings, and pray to God to know that it is true - God will manifest the truth of the book to you by the influence of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less