Hi I'm Erin Coleen
I am a stay-at-home mom with two small children. I also take care of my grandma who lives with my family. I graduated last year with my B.A. in Sociology but have found that my greatest calling is that of Mother and Wife and that my time and energy needs to be focused on raising my children. I love music, doing crafts (especially with my children), baking, reading and traveling. I have recently become extremely interested in Family History and in doing my Genealogy for my family. I have found it extremely rewarding to find the missing pieces of my family tree and to learn more about the people who make up that tree. I have learned more about myself and the path that my family has taken to get us to where we are today. Learning this has made me appreciate all that I have in my life even more.
Why I am a Mormon
I was fortunate to be born into a family who had converted into the church in the early years. Our family has maintained its membership for a little over 150 years in this church. However even those who were born into the church go through their own conversion into the church when they first really know for themselves that the church is true. I have always even at a young age known that the church was true because of how I felt as I learned the gospel, read the scriptures and attended church. While doing these things, it just made sense. I felt good about what I was taught, I felt complete. The more I saught to gain a testimony the more the Spirit confirmed in my heart that it was true. It was a feeling that came over me, like being wrapped in a warm blanket that brought joy and happiness into my heart. Being a member of the church does not mean that you won't have hardships, trials and times of unhappiness. However, being a member of the church means that you have the strength, tools and knowledge to help you get through those times of struggle. I remember praying to know if the Book of Mormon was true and having an overwhelming and undeniable feeling in my heart that I knew it was true, I knew it to be the word of God and that if I followed it's teachings I would find happiness and answers to my questions. Whenever I have gone through trials or had questions if I turn to the scriptures, if I kneel in prayer, my answers are found and I find peace in my heart. If you sincerely want to know if the church is true it takes work. It just isn't handed to you on a silver platter, you need to study, pray and ask if it is true. You need to have a real desire to know the about the truthfulness of the gospel. Once you do that I testify that you will receive an answer to your prayers as long as you sincerely ask. I cannot imagine living my life without my church, without my testimony. It has made me who I am today, it has shaped my life and my thinking in such a positive way. Having the church has helped me to navigate through life in this world with confidence.
How I live my faith
I work with the young children in our area ages 4-12. We teach them lessons every Sunday and provide them with a safe and spiritual place for them to learn more about their Savior and His gospel. I love the opportunity I have to work with the children, to provide them with a strong spiritual foundation to help them gain testimonies about the gospel of Jesus Christ so that when the winds of temptation and earthly strife try to sway them they can remain strong in the things they were taught. I also actively visit several women in my church to make sure that their spiritual and temporal needs are being met and act as friend, confidente and messenger if there were needs that our Bishop would need to help them deal with. This calling as Visiting Teacher is sacred because it allows me to serve other women in my church and to help nurture them as they strive to live the gospel.