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Hi I'm Hilary Pope Erickson

I am a nurse. I am a mom. I am a blogger. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 30 something mother of 3 children, who works to recruit new moms as a labor and delivery nurse a few hours a week. Remembering the miracle of birth helps me to love my own children more, and reminds me that so there are so many ways to help the children of God and that so many of them need a LOT of help. I dabble in photography, weight loss, being a spy disguised as a volunteer at my kids school, and napping. I have a blog (www.hillyut.blogspot.com) where I document little miracles in our lives and other things I find interesting. I'm so glad you found my profile here on Mormon.org. I love this gospel but I also love my life and my friends and the good things of this earth. I hope you do too.

Why I am a Mormon

I initially was a Mormon because my parents were Mormon. But after moving to California in the bay area I slowly realized that I needed to figure this out on my own. Really, why AM I a Mormon, why do I haul 3 kids to church for 3 hours, serve willingly, love these complete strangers? And then I realized. Every. single. good thing that has come from my life has come because of my faith. My husband, my job, my family... it's all becuase of this church, my God and my faith. And if something like that can bring a life this good, then I'm in. ;)

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing what's asked. I teach the women of the church once a month. I work hard to prepare lessons that will help them to be better women, wives, mothers, friends, and sisters of God. I also want them to be enjoyable because these women work hard each week, and they deserve some time to sit back and feel the joy. I also live my faith by listening to whisperings to help those around me. Someone might need a phone call or a casserole. I want to be that person, I want to help. Sometimes I feel so lucky when I can.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Hilary Pope Erickson
I talk a lot about self reliance on my blog (www.hillyut.blogspot.com). I talk a lot about food storage, but for me it's life storage. Having enough of every facet of your life that if you needed to sustain off that for a period you could. Be it food, or clothing, or friends, or love. I want to have a lot of it around me. Plus, it leads me to not be afraid of what MIGHT happen. It allows me to live my life and love my children knowing we will be OK. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Hilary Pope Erickson
Do men want to have babies? Nope. Do I want to have the priesthood? Nope. I can call on the power of God at any time, and I do often. I have plenty of obligations of my own. My husband has the priesthood and I'm grateful for it, but we each have our own responsibilities and I'm pretty well overwhelmed with my own right now, thank you very much. :) Show more Show less