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Hi I'm Erin

I love to learn. I've scrapbooked over 35 albums. I write and edit and love to read. I haven't always been, but I am now a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up the middle child of 5 kids in Southern California.  I've now been married for 15 years and I'm the mother of 4 young boys. I love to read all kinds of books, especially non-fiction where I learn fascinating new things. I graduated 14 years ago with a degree in public relations and worked for several years in the high tech and scrapbooking industries before my children came. I love the art of scrapbooking and have completed over 35 albums since high school. I've recently "gone digital" with creating my pages in Photoshop. It's so much cleaner and easier! I love it. I also enjoy gardening of all kinds. Flowers are my favorite, but I also enjoy fruits and vegetables. I love using fresh ingredients and spices to experiment in the kitchen. I love talking to people and hosting dinner parties. I've never met an outlet mall or a piece of chocolate that I didn't like.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because a missionary once challenged me to pray--on my knees & without falling asleep--to specifically ask God if the Book of Mormon was true and if Joseph Smith was a true prophet. I did it, and I will never forget what happened. A warm, tingling feeling came over me...my arms, my legs...and deep in my heart. I knew the answer was yes. There was really something to what these missionaries had been teaching me. They had stopped me one day while I was walking to work and asked me what the purpose of life is. "A test," I had said. "Yes, that and to be happy," they had told me. I had agreed to take the series of discussions for informational purposes only, but now I had spiritual confirmation that it was true! Now what? It wasn't enough to convince me entirely, so I studied for 5 more months. I fasted and prayed to know if I should be baptized a member of this church. I received my answer when I felt a profound peace and joy deep down inside. My heart was pounding and I was so happy and excited. I was baptized 2 weeks later. That was almost 20 years ago, when I was 16 years old. It hasn't always been easy, but it has made all the difference for good in my life. I feel the spirit guide me on a daily basis. I have avoided so many problems by not drinking or smoking. I have learned, layer upon layer, the answers to questions about where we came from and where we're going. I know our spirits live on and and that God loves us immensely. Life really is a test. And a hard one at that. Through trials and challenges, my faith has gotten me through. I know without a doubt that Jesus Christ lives. He died for me. He will come again. I've always had faith and trust in the Lord. Now I feel I have a bigger map of what it all means and where it can take me--ultimately back to live with my Father in Heaven again. Sealed for eternity to my sweetheart and children...the most important things in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying daily to be an instrument in the Lord's hands.  What would He have me do? Who would He have me serve? When I feel a little nudge to do something specific like call a certain friend, I try to do it. If I have a nagging feeling that won't go away, I've learned to follow up on it. If I feel one of my sons needs some extra love, I go out of my way to give him extra hugs and attention. I try to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost. I trust in those promptings and know they are from God. I also strive to be a better person on a weekly basis. Each Sunday as I take the sacrament (our bread and water), I conciously repent of my shortcomings of the week and commit to do better. I'm trying to become more like my Savior Jesus Christ. I struggle with many things, but I always try to apologize and make amends. I want to be better. I strive to be honest and trustworthy, to be a good friend and neighbor. I attend the temple as often as possible and find respite there from the stresses of the world. I pay my tithing (10% of our gross income) with a faithful heart and have learned that the spiritual blessings far outweigh the financial sacrifices. My husband and I make a concerted effort to teach our children to be good citizens, polite neighbors, and considerate friends. My career has taken a back seat to staying home with my children. The extra income would be nice, but our priorities have been spending time with our children and providing a safe place for them to come home to daily. I have faith that this is what I need to be doing at this time. We enjoy dinners together every night and also have a weekly family night. There we sing, pray, share a treat, and have a fun game or watch a movie together. It's a lot of fun and a tradition we all love. I try to share the joy I have found in the gospel whenever I can. I believe others out there are searching for the truth. I know they will find it and I pray that they do.