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Hi I'm Erica

I grew up in Southern Cali. I am a convert to the church. I love baking! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Florida Jacksonville Mission! I am originally from California and attended school at Brigham Young University in Utah. I come from a large mixed family of 7 siblings. Growing up I did a lot of walking, baking, cleaning and writing. Never been big into sports and I can only sing moderately well...but I love singing while I walk/bake or clean. Being on a mission has been a great opportunity to get to know my relationship with my Heavenly Father better and has become a real blessing to me in this world in which we live. I have always loved reading, but especially now my scripture reading has become very enjoyable and helpful in my knowledge of who I am as a daughter of God.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was uncertain what I had to live for, my parents had just gotten divorced and we relocated to a small town where I knew nobody. My happiness was regularly tested, yet when we first started taking the missionary discussions I felt a peace that assured me it was ok to be happy. I will not pretend that I had many friends as soon as I joined the church, but I did gain a friend in my Heavenly Father and felt a wonderful power as I learned to pray more fervently. I know that this church holds a great peace in it for the aching soul and that the source of our peace is found in the atonement that Jesus the Christ our Lord and Savior preformed for us while He ministered upon the earth. I know that even though we are imperfect people, and even if our experience with family life has been less than ideal, that forever families are possible. We have the opportunity through the power of God to be sealed to our families forever in His holy temples and I am so grateful for this knowledge. I testify that even if we make mistakes or do not always live up to our potential, that we can be forgiven and receive help in our shortcomings. I know that although we by ourselves cannot be perfect, that we have Jesus Christ on our side and with Him we can be made whole. I know the principles taught within this gospel are true, with all my heart and I rejoice daily that I am a member of this true and living Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!

How I live my faith

Every day is full of exciting new experiences, both faith promoting and thank worthy. The people of the church here in Florida inspire me so much, and so do many of those from different faiths. I know just as much now as I have known in the past that the full truths of the gospel are found in this church! I live every day thanking my Heavenly Father for both the blessings and trials that come my way. Each day I strive to become better at sharing what I have learned for myself to be true. Bearing testimony is a wonderful way to grow testimony and is a source of peace for other people as well. Sharing the gospel is something I struggled with before, but I hope and pray that the lessons I am learning here will stay with me the rest of my life. Every member a missionary!

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

Temples are sacred buildings dedicated to the Lord. In these beautiful buildings worthy Latter-day saints are able to participate in ordinances that extend blessings, such as baptism to those that have passed on. As we believe that these temples are truly houses unto the Lord as indicated by the saying on each building "Holiness to the Lord, the House of the Lord", we also believe that we must be clean in order to enter. As it says in Psalms 24 versus 3-4 'Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? he that hath clean hands and a pure heart' we also know that no unclean thing can enter into the house of God. As you can learn through going through a temple open house, the ordinances are not secret but sacred. Those that are worthy to enter there in and participate in the ordinances of the temple are not only trying to be clean but are at a level spiritually where they are ready to undertake the teachings found therein. If all persons were worthy to enter into the house of the Lord the ordinances in there would be known unto them all but as we are told we must learn precept upon precept and are only given what we can handle. Show more Show less