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Hi I'm Erin

I'm a wife, mother, daughter, sister, instructional designer, traveling enthusiast, photographer and animal lover! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

We love to go on adventures, when time permits. We both have our bachelor's degrees and I received my master's degree in the spring of 2015. We were married in June of 2008 and have loved every second of it! Our son was born in the fall of 2016 and he is the light of our lives! We also have an adopted five-year-old black lab!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an inactive house, which basically means that my family is Mormon but we didn't go to church. My grandmother would take me to church with her every I time we had a sleep-over. I didn't start going to church regularly until I was a senior in high school. I attribute that to great friends and wonderful Young Women leaders. When I started college I figured out for myself what I wanted and that was a life in the church. For the first time I understood what it meant to be a Mormon. Living for others, helping in any way we can, loving everyone and never putting them down for who they are. We are not sent here to judge, but to help those in need. I went to the temple for the first time to do baptisms for the dead when I was a freshman in college. I felt that wonderful spirit that comes with this amazing experience. From then on I knew that I wanted to continue to feel that way. I met my husband when I was a senior in college. I knew from the moment we met that he was going to be important in my life. Later on in our relationship we talked of a temple marriage - I wanted nothing else. I received my endowment in the Salt Lake Temple on June 14, 2008, and we were married four days later. I felt as though my life was just beginning. The temple brought me to a renewed sense of self and life. I'm a Mormon because I choose to be, I want to be. I'm a Mormon because it brings me such joy - I could never imagine my life without it. It's like cleaning a dirty window. Once it's done you can enjoy the sunlight that's been hiding behind the grime. If you let it, the church can fill and light the rooms of your life.

How I live my faith

I have a huge testimony of service. Being led to those who are in need of my help is what I pray for every day. My husband and I make it to the temple as often as we can, which should be more often since we have one just down the street. We also love to read in the scriptures and Ensign together. Prayer and scripture study are vital to living our faith.

What is faith?

Erin
Faith is our belief in something we can't see. We have faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ. We can't see Him, but we know He's there. We can feel His love and guidance through our good works and active involvement in church callings. Faith is a cornerstone of the religion. We must have faith to get us to where we need to go on this earth, to get us back to our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Erin
Jesus Christ was sent to earth to atone for the sins of man. Heavenly Father knew that Satan was prevalent among the children of men, so He sent Jesus Christ to be a Savior for the world. The atonement allows us to repent of our sins and become clean again. Jesus Christ died on the cross so that we might live again. Meaning that through His sacrifice we will be able to atone/repent to become clean and live with our Heavenly Father once we have passed on from this life. Jesus Christ made the ultimate sacrifice for us. He gave His life to save us. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Erin
Our leaders are not payed. All we do is on a volunteer basis, even the President of our church, Thomas S. Monson, is a volunteer. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Erin
Members attending Sunday services will most likely be wearing their “Sunday best,” which may include suits, sport coats, and ties for the men and modest dresses or skirts for the women. Children also typically dress up for Sunday. I wear my favorite skirts and dresses, I love to show my personality through my clothing. I love color and shoes! Members of the Church celebrate Christmas and Easter, regarding these two events as the most spiritually significant days in history because of the birth, suffering, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We also dress up for Halloween, spend time with our sweethearts on Valentines day, wear green on St. Patty's day, enjoy fireworks and parades on the 4th of July and love gathering with family on Thanksgiving! Church members also celebrate the regional and national holidays of the countries where they live. Church members also celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and similar events. Show more Show less