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Hi I'm Erika

I'm a Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics fan. I rock out to Abba in my room. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a student at BYU studying Elementary Education. I love life. Everyday I consciously many the choice to be happy and acknowledge all the good that is going on around me. I loveboth playing and watching sports. I love nature- just being outside puts me in a good mood. I love to hike, go camping, exploring- you name it and I probably like it. Music is a big part of my life as well.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was inactive LDS and my father was an active Catholic, so by default, I was raised Catholic. Though only a child, I took my faith very seriously. I have always had a love for learning about God. I went to a private Catholic school from Kindergarten to the 4th grade. Religion was my favorite subject in school and often times had many questions that my family couldn't answer. One summer night, when I was 7, I was praying with my grandma, "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, and if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take." "...Take my soul where??" I thought. The fear not knowing what came after this life began to consume me. I wouldn't sleep at night with the belief that I would in fact, "die before I woke." When I did sleep, I dreamt up being trapped in my grave, unable to move on. This exhausting lifestyle continued for nearly 6 months. It was around this time the missionaries began to visit my family. Eventually my father conceeded to take the missionary lessons. My mother received a calling in the Primary, and I went with her. Though I don't remember everything the missionaries taught, I do remember my question of where we came from and where we go after we die was answered through the Plan of Salvation. As we developed a habit of prayer, and began to see changes in our family dynamics through the application of what the missionaries taught, our testimonies were solidified. My father was baptized on July 13, 1997. One week later he received the Aaronic Priesthood and baptized me on July 20th. I have come to realize that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints only added to the strong faith in God and Christ that I developed while I was Catholic. With the added knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that I now have, I am neither afraid to "lay myself down to sleep" or fearful of any trial that comes my way; I look forward to the future with faith.

How I live my faith

On October 17th, 1998, my family and I were sealed in the Chicago, Illinois temple. That day changed our familial relationships to something more three dimmensional, something eternal. Though many times I have faultered, I have never forgotten the power of that temple sealing. I want other families to have the opportunity to be sealed like my family. That was one of the main reasons why I chose to serve a full time mission. I served my mission in Las Vegas, Nevada and learned Spanish in the process. I met so many different people; talking to them opened my eyes to all the people who don't have the Gospel in their lives. The Gospel of Jesus Christ brings peace, confidence amidst trials, and joy to those who live it. As I have invited others to learn, apply, and live the teachings of Jesus Christ- I have seen their lives change for the better.