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Hi I'm Erik Brewer

I like poetry. In haiku prose I proclaim, I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born at a young age in a small town. I know that the Lord has watched over me my whole life. His tender mercies are evident in every aspect of my life. For example, in school, my parents would not let me play football because they didn't feel right about it. Instead I joined the band and thoroughly enjoyed playing the trombone in marching band, pep band, symphonic band, jazz band...just about any band available. After high school, I was riding a bicycle and was hit by a car. I walked away from that accident without a scratch; but later, at the hospital, learned that I had been born with osteoporosis and that my bones were very brittle. I am grateful for parents that listen to their hearts. A year out of high school, I lived in New York City for two years where I learned how to speak Spanish and taught people about Jesus Christ and His plan of salvation. It was a good experience and really helped to shape my life. I am grateful to God for allowing me to have that opportunity. When my wife and I were married, we knew that we were unable to have children; however, we decided that all children need love, so we have adopted five children. Each child has truly been a miracle and a tender mercy of the Lord in our lives. Yes, there are many challenges to our family, but also much joy and happiness. We are so blessed. I am grateful for my life, my wife, and my family.

Why I am a Mormon

Family is important to me: my ancestors, my parents, my siblings, my wife, our children, future grandchildren and so forth. The gospel of Jesus Christ helps me to link all of us together into one great family. It answers the questions of where did I come from, why am I here on earth or what is my purpose here, and where will I go after this life? The gospel of Jesus Christ helps me to find the answers to these questions - answers that make sense to me and that feel right. I understand that I am a son of God and that He knows my name, He knows me and loves me and wants me to be happy, with my family, in this life. This brings comfort and peace to my heart and to my soul.

How I live my faith

I am a bishop for a congregation (we call it a "ward") of about 600 members. It provides me an opportunity to serve my brothers and sisters in the human family. Serving as bishop, I am willing to bear another’s burden, to mourn with those that mourn, to comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as a witness of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places that I may be in - basically, I believe that when I am in the service of others, I am really serving God. I am part of a lay ministry, which means that not one person in the congregation, myself included, receives any money from the Church to work and serve in the Church. It is voluntary. Earlier, I mentioned serving a mission in New York City for two years, learning and speaking Spanish. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints did not pay any money to help cover that cost. I eagerly earned every dollar that helped to support me as a missionary. I believe that this is one way that we follow the Master and the example of selfless service that He lived every day. As a bishop, I have the opportunity to teach the youth and to help them stay close to God. The Church has a program called "For the Strength of Youth" that sets guidelines for our youth. It promises the youth that as they keep the standards and live by the truths in the scriptures, they will be able to do their life's work with greater wisdom and skill and bear trials with greater courage. They will have the help of the Holy Ghost. They will feel good about themselves and will be a positive influence in the lives of others. These standards include: Agency and Accountability, Gratitude, Education, Family, Friends, Dress and Appearance, Entertainment and the Media, Music and Dancing, Language, Dating, Sexual Purity, Repentance, Honesty, Sabbath Day Observance, Tithes and Offerings, Physical Health, and Service to Others.