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Hi I'm Erika

I'm a homeschooling mom of four who taught high school Mathematics until I left to start my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to exercise (my body, my brain and my mouth - I'm a talker!). I love to create order and beauty around me. To that end I sew, bake, and cook and enjoy teaching my young children to do the same. I love good conversation and deep friendships. I love learning and hope to instill the same in my kids through homeschooling. I have a fabulous, supportive and hard working husband who loves me "warts and all". My greatest joy comes from enjoying activities with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ in college. I had friends in high school that were members of the Church but I was happy enough as a most-of-the-time Lutheran and had no impetus to change until later. As I went through that sorting out process during my first taste of independence in college I found I wasn't really sure what I stood for, why I was here, or what direction I should take in my faith or conviction. I found that the answers I sought for were found in the teachings of Jesus Christ in both the Bible and Book of Mormon. I understood with my heart first, and then my mind, that I was a child of God, that Jesus was my Savior and Exemplar, that they were Father and Son - separate beings. (I was happy to find that Jesus was not talking to himself in Scripture!) I found that I could pray in my own words and ask of God for a witness and a peace about what was true. I decided to be baptized and have never regretted that decision. I found a strong, righteous young man and we were soon married in the temple, not until death do us part but for all time. It is so wonderful to me that I can teach my children all the truths that I never learned as a youth and that they will have that knowledge of who they are, why we are on Earth, how God can help them and how much He loves us all. That strong foundation is the greatest gift I can give as a mother.

How I live my faith

I currently work with the young children in our congregation and have found a lot of joy there! I'm always amazed that children are drawn to depictions of the Savior and seem to feel his love for them individually. It is a privilege to teach them each Sunday. I appreciate the many opportunities to serve and teach other women that come as part of being of member of the Mormon Church. I love the friendships I've built and the wisdom that is shared by others and I hope that I can share what I've learned as well.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Absolutely! The purpose of a prophet is to guide God's children and ensure that they continue to follow his precepts and are not led astray by the shifting values and conventions of the world. You can see this pattern in the Bible with prophets like Isaiah and Moses. God is unchanging and God has not stopped loving his children and still speaks to us through a prophet. One of my favorite things is hearing the words of our prophet today, Thomas S. Monson. I never fail to be uplifted and recommitted to doing better as a person. Show more Show less

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

Wow, what blessings *can't* you receive? The best way to get to know God is to hear what He has to say. You can hear His words in your heart when you bring yourself to Him in prayer and you can read what He has said to you through His prophets both in the past and the present. You'll find these in the Bible and in modern scripture. When you immerse yourself in His words you allow the Holy Spirit to touch your heart, spirit communicating with spirit, to testify to you of the correctness and truth of what you read. You will find your mind opened up and finding messages that are meant just for you, in this season of your life, as you read and commune with God through the scriptures. Show more Show less