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Hi I'm Erika

I'm a Theater Tech Major. I paint to relax. I sing to celebrate. I love stories from history and odd science facts. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student at a beautiful university in Washington state. I love to study History, Art, Science, Anthropology, English, Basic Engineering and Woodworking/Construction. I don't really like to study Math, Political Science, or Business. My major is Technical Theater. When I "grow up" I want to build and/or Decorate sets for films or television. I enjoy painting, sewing, and other creative endeavors. Through out my life I have dedicated my time as: secretary to my high school robotics team, volunteer at Cub Scout day camp and pack meetings, participant in numerous family activities, and band member, where I proudly wore the band uniforms and blasted out harmonies on my clarinet. I have always felt an affinity with my Welsh and Scottish heritage and hope to travel to the United Kingdom, and maybe live there some day. My past has been wonderful but I feel like most of my life is still a head of me and I hope that it will include most of these things, pets, employment, a husband, children, travel, and most of all happiness.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an "active family." My mother's parents raised her in the church and she , my father didn't have a religious affiliation but when I was born he started attending church to help my mother with me. As my Brother and sister were born he started becoming more involved. He became the cub master of the church Cub Scout Pack when I was 5 and he attended church every Sunday. When I was 7 he personally decided to become a member and was Baptized. The next year I turned 8 and I decided to be baptized as well. My dad was able to baptize me and that made it all the more special. Two months later we were sealed as a family for eternity in the temple on my parents anniversary. Being 8 I found this most exciting because I got to wear my pretty white dress, but as I got older I realized that both of these events would be some of the most important in my young life and I am grateful for the people that made them possible. All through high school I struggled to find my new place in my family and in the church as I had more responsibility for my choices forced on me. I looked at my friends with out the values I had been taught and saw how much their decisions hurt them and those who cared about them. I did a little of my own trial and error as well. I think that, more then anything, cemented my devotion to the teachings of the church. Now that I live away from my family for most of the year it can be harder to get myself up and go to church or events, especially when my non-member friends want me to go do something that sounds more fun, but I have found that I am a better person and feel better when I go. My parents introduced me to the church but it is the good feelings I get from it that keep me going and following now that I am an adult.

How I live my faith

When I stop to think about it I live my faith in a million little ways that have just become a part of me. I attend church services every Sunday. I work Institute classes where I learn about the scriptures into my class schedule at school. I pay 10% of my meager student earnings as tithing, so that the church can do good things with it. I try to read my scriptures and pray regularly. Even when it's scary I usually ask my friends to only watch movies with a low rating and not to much vulgarity. I recently had to talk the waitress at my 21st birthday party into NOT getting me an alcoholic drink, she thought I was insane. In the past I have served as a Sunday Bulletin coordinator and leader in my youth groups. So many of my habits, like not swearing or trying to help people that I see in need, fall under living my faith that I don't really notice how different they make me until someone points them out. But I know that all these things help me to be a better person and grow in my relationships with Heavenly father and Jesus Christ. I also know that I am not perfect and I have made mistakes in everyone of these areas but my favorite part of this gospel is that I don't have to be perfect, I just have to be honestly trying.