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Hi I'm Erika

I run, rock climb and ballroom dance. I am a convert to the church and future missionary. I love life. I'm a Latter Day Saint!

About Me

I have an amazing family including my mom and dad, whom I love very much, and my wonderful twin sister and triplet sisters. I love being active! My favorite things to do are running (the XC in me runs deep), rock climbing, and ballroom dancing. I also like to read, write, and do musically inclined activities like play the piano, guitar and sing.  I recently graduated from college with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science. Eventually I hope to attend graduate school for physical therapy, but first I plan to serve a full time mission. I have received my mission call and will begin my mission March 20th, 2013! I have never been more excited about anything in my life!

Why I am a Mormon

I had an older sister that had joined the church six years earlier and a friend that was a member, but I did not know what they believed. I had heard some rumors about the religion which I knew were not completely based on truth. To filter out the misconceptions that tend to stem from those outside a religion who do not understand its practices, I became interested in understanding the religion for myself. I had no intention of becoming a member, but merely to learn what they knew and clear up the rumors I had heard. Eventually I attended a missionary lesson with a friend who was investigating the church, but I discovered that I was not just a bystander. I became a pupil to the Spirit as it filled me to bursting as the missionaries discussed the importance of baptism. It was this indescribable feeling of joy, comfort, and love. It felt so great! I immediately scheduled another appointment. Going to the lessons became the highlight of my week. The Spirit was amazing and I felt rejuvenated and happy every time I left. The Gospel all made so much sense. One of my favorite doctrines they taught was the Plan of Salvation; it provides all people the opportunity to choose to follow Jesus Christ, even if they did not have the opportunity to hear or accept Him in this life. I loved hearing that all those good people in the world who did not believe in Jesus Christ were not condemned to an eternity in hell, especially if they had never even heard of Him. This second chance personified Heavenly Father as I believed Him to be- loving and merciful. In the summer of 2010, I was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have continually grown closer to my Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ, since that time. I love this Gospel and have never regretted my decision. I testify that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love all of us and that this is the true church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I work on my faith everyday by paying attention to the small things. Every morning I read my scriptures and pray to kick off my day with a spiritual recharge. It is the biggest help to keeping me grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition, I try to recognize the small promptings from the Spirit that help me in all things. From that feeling of needing to call someone at a certain time or the inclination to grab this jacket over that one, the Spirit is helping me everyday. In my ward, I help run social activities every Monday to gather the ward together as a family. I also help ensure that the women in my ward are being tended to by each other. Finally, I aid our ward missionaries as much as I can by attending lessons with them or going out into the community to talk to people who are seeking the truth. Helping the missionaries and other people in my ward is one of the most rewarding services I can do. It is one of the examples of Jesus Christ and serves as a personal testimony of your service to the Lord. "...when you are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." Mosiah 2:17