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Hi I'm Erik

Guitars, power tools, electronics and optics are my passions. But my wife and five kids are the center of my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the mountains and deserts of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Idaho. I have always had a fascination with physics, optics, and electronics - so my university studies in electrical and optical engineering have helped to satisfy those curiosities. I enjoy getting to know people and getting involved in a variety of different projects, so my career has taken me into a technical sales role - so I get to indulge the nerd side and the social side of my personality! Along the way I had a tremendous opportunity to spend two years in southern Germany sharing my faith in Jesus Christ with the people of Bayern, Baden-Wuerttemburg, and Thueringen. I gained a wonderful appreciation for the culture, history, and people of those areas (and the food wasn't bad either!) I have been blessed with a wonderful family - my wife and I have 5 beautiful children, and are grateful for them and the joy they bring to us every day. I have also been blessed to have my career take us to other parts of the US that we might not have considered, and we have been able to meet so many wonderful people and make some lifelong friendships!

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into a home where both parents were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, our family faced a lot trials and tribulations that ended up in the divorce of my parents and a lot of bitterness in my heart during my teen years. I found myself questioning everything they had taught me, and questioning everything about the Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This turned out to be one of the greatest blessings of my life. As I sought to reconcile myself with these questions, I decided to put aside everything I had picked up over the years, good and bad, and I started from scratch. As I read and studied the teachings of God through His prophets - both ancient and modern - I found a new basis for my faith, one that did not depend on anyone else in my life. I discovered truths that were precious to me, because they uncovered themselves through my own prayer and study. Being a member of this church - being a "Mormon" - is not something that happened to me by default. It is a daily choice. Everyday I make the decision to believe in the truth of the message that Jesus Christ is the Son of God sent to atone for us and pave the way for us to return to live with God. This is a living Church, led by inspired men and women who receive guidance and revelation from God through the Holy Ghost, and I make the choice everyday to be a part of this church and follow and emulate the example of Christ.

How I live my faith

My wife has taught me so much since we got married, and one of the greatest lessons I learn from her is what I like to call "Practical Faith" - this is a faith that we live everyday in everything we do. We actively exercise faith that Heavenly Father loves us and is interested in our lives - all the little details and nuances of what happens in our family's day to day life. I believe that He wants what is best for us, and He wants us to not only survive, but to thrive as well - in everything we undertake. I have been blessed through periods of tumultuous economic conditions to continue to be employed and have not had a lapse in my employment. We have been blessed to have our needs met, this does not always mean things are easy for us financially, we have our fair share of struggles, but in the end we always seem to be able to pull through. I don't consider this chance or luck, I acknowledge the hand of God in helping us navigate the troubled waters and weathering the storms. A prophet once encouraged those to whom he was speaking to "cry unto [the Lord] when ye are in your fields, yea, over all your flocks. Cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household" - to me this means that we need to not only pray about increasing our testimony or for forgiveness of our sins and mistakes, but we need to pray about our homes, our children, our jobs, our bills and budgets, the daily details of our lives. God does care, He does listen, and He does bless us when we are in need.