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Hi I'm Erin

I grew up in Maryland in a family of 13. I married and had 4 kids of my own. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After finishing college I became a stay at home Mom. I love taking my kids on outings to the zoo, the beach, local gardens and community kids shows. I also love making scrapbooks, listening to music and cooking. I hate folding laundry, but do it anyway because I love having folded laundry. During my free time I go and practice ballroom dance with my husband or read a good book. This week my husband and I started P90X, and it is brutal, but we are having a good time working out together.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. When I was young I went to church because my parents did. As I got older I knew that going to church made me happy, but my testimony was still small. When I was about 16 I went on a youth trip to visit some church history sights in Kirtland, Ohio. I remember a meeting we had on that trip in the Kirtland Temple, which is no longer owned by the Mormon church. We were really lucky to be able to have a meeting in that building, which is so important to our history. I had been having a hard time recently with my feelings of self worth - not terribly uncommon for a girl of 16 - because of the influence of a certain member of my family. The whole meeting was a spiritual experience, and I was feeling pretty good. Then one of the leaders got up to give his talk. He was speaking about the love that our Father in Heaven has for each of us. He looked out at the congregation - keep in mind there were around 100 youth there - and he looked right at me, said my name, and told me that Heavenly Father knew me and loved me. He did this for a few others as well. When he said that to me I felt such a strong impression that he was right. I felt in my heart that God did love me. I could not deny it. I had a growing testimony of many different aspects of the gospel, but I still wasn't 100% sure of anything until this moment. No matter what else has happened in my life, I have never been able - nor have I wanted - to forget the love of my Father in Heaven. I know that He feels this same love to all his children. That is why He has placed this church on the earth today. If we follow His teachings and His prophet we will be happier.

How I live my faith

I work in the Young Woman's organization, which means that I have the wonderful opportunity to work with the youth in our church. I organize the other young women leaders, teach lessons, help the girls plan activities, and try to be a good example of a strong woman for the girls. We live in a society that so often forgets how wonderful it is to be a woman, a world where self-esteem for young girls is so often threatened, a world where strong morals are constantly labeled as old fashioned. I believe that one of my most important responsibilities is to make sure that my girls know that they are daughters of God, and because of that they are of infinite worth. Each girl that I work with is amazing in her own way, and each also has the potential to become an amazing force for good in our world, whatever she chooses to do with her life. I try every day to be the best person I can be. I often make mistakes, but when I am doing the things I know I should - like daily scripture study - I make less. I take the sacrament every week and renew the covenants I've made with my Father in Heaven. Hopefully each day I am a marginally better person than I was the day before.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Erin
Yes! Throughout the ages, God has spoken to his people through his prophets. It is the same today. Individuals can receive personal revelation for things pertaining to their own circumstances, but the Lord needs someone to guide His people as a whole, and that is where prophets come in. Although the Lord is unchanging and immovable, the world we live in is not. We need someone who the Lord can talk to to guide us through an ever changing world, and help us live how God would have us live in the modern world. I once has a friend ask me a question pertaining to this. I don't remember her exact wording, but the gist of it was how could I follow someone that I was asked to follow blindly. I never got the chance to answer her, but if I could, here's what I would say. We aren't asked to do anything blindly. If we ask Him, the Lord will always give us confirmation that what the prophet asks of us is really what He asks of us. Even if I don't understand the why of something that is asked by the prophet, I know that it is really being asked by God, and that there is a why. By obeying the prophet, I know that my life is blessed. Show more Show less