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Hi I'm Erin

I am a self-taught ukelele player. I'm a perfectionist when it comes to making chocolate chip cookies, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm definitely passionate about a lot of things. I love being active--I played a lot of sports in high school, and can't stand sitting still too long, so I hopefully won't ever have a desk job. I really like to dance too--although most of the time I don't dance that well. I love making and eating food--some of my favorites are pasta dishes, homemade bread, chocolate chip cookies, and chicken curry. I also LOVE music. I love singing, trying to play my ukelele and the piano, performing on stage, and listening to any and all types of music. Something I am also super passionate is health. I'm going to nursing school, and the idea of being able to help someone in their healing process is amazing to me. The beauty and complexity of the human body still blows me away, and I love talking to people about it. I hope someday to be able to work overseas with a non-profit healthcare organization like Doctors Without Borders or the World Health Organization.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it makes me happier than I ever could be on my own. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, God's restored church on earth, teaches me everything I need to know to maximize happiness and get rid of sin that drags me down. I was raised Mormon, but that's not why I've decided to live this way. Throughout my younger years, I'd see all the crazy people things do to themselves--and how it'd wreck their future. And then I'd meet people at Church, and I'd see how different their lives were. They were happy, more selfless, and more humble. And I saw something in them that I didn't see in the kids in high school. Life was better for those people, and I wanted that. So I decided to live the way God wants me to--one that brings me a lot more happiness.

How I live my faith

Right now I spend a lot of time preparing lessons to teach at church every week. We talk about the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and general topics like honesty and the importance of marriage. It's been a bit of a struggle to feel prepared enough to stand in front peers and 'teach', but it's been a good learning experience for me. I also worked full-time as a missionary for 18 months in Oregon, inviting people to learn more about the church and why it is so important to me. Teaching, and working as a missionary, are definitely tough at times, but it is totally worth it. I do my best in whatever God asks me to do (whether it's teaching, working as a missionary, making cookies for someone, or helping clean up an overgrown yard), and He makes up the rest. I guess I live my faith by recognizing how inadequate I am, yet trying to do life right anyway.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

We can receive a TON of blessings from reading the scriptures! I love reading the scriptures, and have journals full of notes to prove it. I think one of the greatest blessings I get from reading the scriptures is getting greater spiritual knowledge. As I continue to consistently read the Bible and and Book of Mormon, I learn SO many new things! I learn about myself--sins I struggle with (and why I struggle with them), talents I have, and what I'm destined to do or become. I learn more about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ--how they are always close to me even during times of trial, that they love me no matter how bad I am, and that through them I can have an amazing future with happiness that won't end. I learn about real people who have struggled with the exact same problems I have-- like Nephi in the Book of Mormon who struggles with his own sinful weaknesses, or Thomas in the New Testament who struggles with doubts. Show more Show less