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Hi I'm Erica.

I love cooking, writing, and creating new things. I'm a daughter, a wife, a daydreamer, and adventurer. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy writing, cooking, art, and anything that doesn't require me to sit still for too long. I recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and am soaking up every crazy moment! I'm always up for a good adventure or going some place new, though I usually want a friend to go with me. I love to sit and admire God's creations, whether it be watching fireflies light up in the summer, or watching the snow drift down in the winter. Friends would say I love to talk and make others laugh, but I can't live without some quiet alone time as well. I believe one of the biggest joys in life is sharing happiness with others by loving them. And I try every day to accomplish that.

Why I am a Mormon

Throughout the scriptures, many prophets testify of Christ and tell us how to seek truth for ourselves. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has taught me how to seek truth and how to receive a confirmation of it. In studying many of the religions of the world I have found beautiful and precious truths in all of them, but none of them have had such a fullness of truth as I have found in the Mormon church. As I have studied the principles and scriptures of this church, I have felt a peace and surety I have found no where else. I believe Job says it beautifully in the Old Testament when he says: "For I know that my redeemer liveth and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God. Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another... Job 19:25-27" I know that to be true. I know God lives because time after time I have received witnesses of the reality of a God who loves me and is ever mindful of His children. I know that one day I will stand before God and I will see Him face to face, and I know that I must be ready to meet Him. And that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have been a sunday school teacher, youth director, a chorister, a choir member, and many other things at church. Outside, I volunteer in various local organizations and nonprofits, including feeding the homeless, participating in local Interfaith dialogues and projects, fundraising for awareness of autistic children, and constantly look for new opportunities. Mainly I do what God has called me to do. I am a mother trying to raise a family who does what is right.

Are Mormons Christians?

Erica.
YES! Living in a place where there are few Mormons, and fewer people who think we are Christians, this question comes up a lot. A Christian is a follower of Christ. Someone who professes a belief in Jesus Christ and tries to follow His teachings. We believe in the same church that existed in Christ's day, with the same apostles, prophets, and teachings that Christ Himself taught. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Erica.
Yes. I believe one of the most beautiful teachings in our church is the doctrine of eternal families. In a Holy Temple, a couple can be married for eternity or a family may be sealed together as they make promises to follow God. Because of my interest in family history work, I have learned many interesting facts about my ancestors, and have been able to take their names to the temple to do proxy work for them. We believe that those who have not had a chance to accept the gospel in this life, will be given an opportunity to learn and accept it after they have died. To me, it is a testament of God's great love for his children, that any who will accept Him, may receive His blessings. That all families can be together forever someday. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Erica.
All of our local clergy is made up of the local members of the church. Any who are asked to serve in the church, are extended an invitation to serve, which they can accept or reject. I think when we volunteer to do something, we must really have a desire to do it. Because the clergy is unpaid, generally each of the members get an opportunity to serve in different capacities throughout their lives. It gives each member a chance to learn and grow, and prepare them to serve God more actively and efficiently. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Erica.
All Mormons, and all people, are allowed into a Mormon Temple, but first must meet all the pre-requisites for entering in. The Lord invites all to come unto Him and live in accordance to His laws and commandments. I order to enter into a temple, certain criteria must be met. We are asked to live our life in a certain manner, and make certain covenants with God such as baptism in order to ensure we are ready to learn and make bigger covenants. No one would throw a child who has never learned to swim into the deep end of the pool, because the child would most likely sink. Instead the child is introduced to water, then gradually learns how to move his limbs to best stay afloat. The Lord too allows us to learn gradually so we may understand His plan for us better. Although there is no secret to what goes on inside of temples, the things learned inside are sacred and should be shown reverence. The temple is a place where members of the Mormon faith go to learn eternal truths. While there members may receive ordinances for themselves such as sealing families for eternity or may stand in as a proxy for someone who never had the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less