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Hi I'm Erica

I'm a happily married mom of 4 amazing kids! I love doing anything outdoors, especially if it is on two wheels, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a married mom of 4 beautiful children, and a retired Public Health Educator. When I am not busy being a "mom", I love to be outdoors. I run, bike, hike, ski, climb, camp, backpack, fly-fish, and love to spend time dirt biking with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are not active members of the church. My mom is Japanese and was raised Buddhist. My dad is LDS but has been pretty much inactive for most of his life. My grandpa took me to church with him when I was little, and I was baptized when I was 8. Prior to that, my parents told me I was driven by the need to be in church on Sunday. When I was 3 years old and living in California, apparently I left the house one Sunday without telling them and they found me in a local Christian church singing hymns. When we moved to Utah, my grandpa took me to the Mormon church at the age of 5, and it just seemed the right place to be. Three years later I was baptized. My real conversion took place when I was about 17. I remember having a similar experience to Parley P. Pratt in that I felt compelled to read the Book of Mormon all the way through so I could truly know for myself if the book was true. When I started reading, I didn't want to stop. Eating, sleeping, and anything else were such a burden to me. I felt such a powerful feeling inside that I had never experienced before, and before I got through the book of Alma, I knew without a doubt that the Book of Mormon was true. Shortly after that, I experienced some bumpy roads that I feel were part of my "refining" process. I became inactive for a period of time but through the love of my Savior and a special earthly angel, I came back and seven years later I served an LDS mission to Nagoya Japan. To this date, it was by far the best experience of my life. My experience as a missionary of Jesus Christ changed my life and my relationship with my family. Being able to teach and serve my mother's people and her family was the most rewarding and humbling experience I have ever had. I feel so blessed to have the gospel in my life and wouldn't trade my knowledge or testimony for anything. I am so far from perfect and continue to stand all amazed each day at my Savior's love for me despite my imperfections.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be an example of our church to my non-member friends. Being a motorcycle rider, I have many opportunities to share the gospel with others: from the way I dress, to the language I use, to the food and drink I partake in, to the activities I am involved in, to how I spend time with my family and how I raise my children. For me, the gospel of Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of my life and its teachings play a central role in everything I do and in almost every choice I make. I am so grateful for the knowledge that I have of who I am, why I am here, and where I am going. My faith and my testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ and who He is and what He did for me gives me hope and the courage to endure and overcome the challenges that come my way, and the reason to smile and be happy every day.

Are Mormons Christians?

Erica
For some reason, I get this question a lot. People think we worship Joseph Smith or that we only use the Book of Mormon as scripture because of nickname as Mormons. Our full name is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and Jesus Christ IS the center and cornerstone of our religion. We follow His teachings in both Bible AND the Book of Mormon, and believe Him to be our older brother, the Messiah, Jehovah, the Son of God. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Erica
This is by far the most common question I am asked, especially with regard to alcohol and coffee. Despite the scientific evidence showing the health hazards of using tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and drugs, some will argue the health benefits. The evidence that these substances are more harmful than good is overwhelming; however, more importantly, we have been commanded by God to refrain from these not only for health purposes, but also as a test of obedience. We believe our bodies are a temple, in other words, our bodies should be considered sacred. We are all created in the image of God, and therefore, we should treat our bodies accordingly. Putting harmful substances into our bodies or being over indulging or gluttonous is offense to God. Show more Show less