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Hi I'm Erin

I am a mom and wife and I'm loving life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from Brigham Young University - Idaho with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Since then I have taken up being a full-time stay at home mom of my two children. Between doing that, serving in the church and community, and supporting my husband in his medical school residency, life stays happy and busy. A few of my hobbies I enjoy doing by myself, with family, and with friends are: Bikram Yoga Riding, training, or driving horses (really, if there is a horse involved, I'm there) Being outdoors hiking, biking, camping, backpacking, rock climbing, rafting, etc., etc. :)

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I was born a Mormon. I was born to Mormon parents who both came from three or four generations of Mormons. My parents believed that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is true and they lived the principles and teachings of His gospel. I was encouraged by my parents to gain a testimony of my own of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I was taught that Heavenly Father will answer my prayers and sincere searching for truth. I was taught to obey God's commandments and to love everyone because they are His children. As a ten year old I prayed to Heavenly Father asking Him if He truly did appear to Joseph Smith. Instantly after my prayer I felt great joy and tears came to my eyes and I knew that the story of Joseph Smith was true. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ did appear to the boy Joseph Smith and told him that no other church on the earth had a fullness of truth. Through him the true and full gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth. That was the foundation of a testimony for me that is still growing. I still pray to ask Heavenly Father answers to my questions and He still answers. I am a Mormon today because I know from answered prayers that this is God's true church.

How I live my faith

I serve in our church. In the past I have served as the women's activities supervisor, the pianist in primary (which is the sunday school program in our church for children), as a sunday school teacher in the women's organization (the Relief Society) and am currently serving in the presidency over the Primary. Each week we teach the children a spiritual lesson, we organize their yearly program where they sing and give talks in church, and we oversee the calling of teachers to the Primary. Every woman member of the church receives the assignment of visiting a few other women in their ward. We have a spiritual lesson when we visit, and we are there to help these women with whatever they may need in their lives and to uplift them in their hardships. I have benefited greatly from visiting and being visited and this is something I make sure to do monthly. It is an organized way for me and other members of our church to do what the Lord would do - serve others.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Erin
Just like all other commandments and encouragements from God, we choose to follow or not. Members of the church are encouraged to serve missions but not required. There are no penalties placed upon anyone for not serving a mission. You can still attend the temple and receive the blessings and promises offered there. I did not serve a mission and my husband did, to Guatemala. Show more Show less