Hi I'm Erika
I'm a thirty-something mother of two. I enjoy travel, historical re-enactment, delicious food and chocolate. I love things of beauty and to garden and knit.
Why I am a Mormon
My search for faith began in my teen years. My parents didn't want to raise me in a particular faith, and always told me I could make that choice myself. I visited many religious services Catholic, Seventh-day Adventist, Lutheran and Jewish, to name a few. One day I visited The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints with a friend. I felt something I hadn't anywhere else, but didn't quite know why. I knew I wanted to go back, and asked my friend a lot of questions about her church. I continued to attend her church on occasion during highschool and college, always asking lots of questions. I borrowed my friend's Book of Mormon and began reading on my own, along with the Bible. This pattern of attending church and some activities, studying, asking questions, praying, reflecting and pondering continued for years. One night I joined my friend's family for dinner and met some missionaries. They asked if I would be interested in studying with them, and I said yes. This wasn't the first time I'd been asked, but this time I felt ready. A few weeks later I was ready to be baptized! So many blessings have come from that decision...
How I live my faith
I strive to live my faith on a daily basis. I recognize that the choices I make either uplift or bring my spirits down. By keeping the commandments, serving others and trying to live as the Savior would live, I feel close to my Heavenly Father. As I work with children, including my own, I try to be the best example I can of choosing the right, living the golden rule. It isn't easy, and I fall short, but I am grateful for the knowledge that I have that helps me continue trying to do my best.