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Hi I'm Erin

I'm a convert. I served a mission in Taiwan. I believe in female equality, education, and the pursuit of truth. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a part member home, and my father and two brothers are still not members. I grew up playing the piano competitively, and continued into my 20's. I have a Bachelor and a Masters degree in piano performance from New York, and am now going to medical school to become a Physician Assistant. I also served a mission in Taiwan, and am grateful for all the Gospel has taught me. I truly believe in setting the highest personal, educational and spiritual goals for oneself and never settling. I believe in the Atonement, and compassion, and the power of personal prayer and revelation.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother is Mormon, and I grew up in a part member home. My parents did not see eye to eye on religion, and as kids we were constantly having to choose which parent to go with on Sundays. At the age of 8, I asked my dad if I could be baptized. To say it in a much kinder way, his answer was a resounding "no." Following the courage of my twin sister, I was baptized with her at age 15, and my father punished me by not talking to me for almost an entire year. I know it can be difficult to go against the grain to follow what you know is right, but it is worth every obstacle! I served a mission in Taiwan, but I did understand what it meant to have a true testimony until I began to heal from my childhood and attend the temple weekly. I know we have a Heavenly Father who loves us, who watches over us, who cheers us on in our endeavors to become more like Him. I know there is a bigger plan out there than what we are being told by the world around us. I know we are more precious than we could ever imagine, and that Christ and Heavenly Father have provided a way back Home to Them. The Gospel is our "road map" Home, and it is possible to know and follow the path if we pray and listen to the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

I am Relief Society pianist.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Erin
Temples are sacred, and just because you are a Mormon doesn't mean you automatically get to go in! In order to be "temple worthy," one must interview with his/her bishop and then interview again with the stake president. In the temple, one builds on his/her understanding obtained through baptism and studying the scriptures. Since the temple teaches additional truths, it would be difficult to understand the next step if you haven't understood the first. So, even though it seems a little odd to some, making sure someone is worthy to enter the temple is more about protecting the individual going in (i.e., do they understand and follow the principles they have already been taught) before adding on more principles and responsibilities. Show more Show less