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Hi I'm Erin

I'm a wife and mother, and a hobby micro-farmer in Alaska. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up mostly on the east coast. I left home and went to college where I met my husband, who is from Alaska. After we were married and finished school, we came to live in Alaska. It was a rough road at first, trying to find work and housing, but we now have a "micro-farm" on one acre in a nice neighborhood. We keep two Nigerian Dwarf goats and one Nubian. We also have a dog, a cat, a fish, and two rabbits. Last summer we built a big garden and planted a lawn--our very first! We have two rambunctious boys. They keep us busy! Our oldest is cautious and analytical and our youngest is bold and affectionate. What a combination! I love to play legos, swing on the tire swing, do school, and read with my boys. Aside from my life with my husband and children, I also enjoy sneaking away to the basement to work on sewing or drawing. I recently started making rag dolls for my nieces and love it! I enjoy trying "progressive" homemaking methods. Our family really enjoys the great outdoors. We bought a canoe this summer and did some float trips! We also hike and camp, bike and go on walks--lots and lots of walks.

Why I am a Mormon

My father's family were not active members, but they had home teachers who wouldn't quit! Eventually my father decided to become more serious about the church go to a church college. After that, he chose to serve a mission, despite his family's protests. When he came back, he met my mother, a constant and stalwart LDS woman. They were married. Those critical decisions led my birth into the LDS faith. I have always gone to church. My earliest testimony was believing myself to be a child of God. My righteous mother and father showed me by their actions and teachings an earthly version of my Father in Heaven's love for me. Because of their efforts as parents, it was easy for me to envision a loving and caring Heavenly Father. I knew from a young age that I was a special daughter of God. When I was a teenager, I was challenged by Moroni's promise to pray about the Book of Mormon and find out for myself if it was true. I hoped, as some do, to have a strong, burning, miraculous conversion. Instead, I felt a persistent and comforting feeling that I knew it was true and always had. So it is with my faith in all points of the gospel. I know they are true because they have become a part of me throughout my life. I have had no miraculous revelation about the truth of the gospel, except this: as I live it, all of God's promises have been given me. I have proved to myself the gospel to be true by simply doing my best to live the commandments and have faith in Christ. I testify that I have received every promised blessing that comes of obedience, including a strong and consistent belief that our Heavenly Father and his Son live. They love us and want us to return to them. They have given us tools to do this: scriptures, prayer, family, and the organized church are some of them. They restored the gospel to us through Joseph Smith and gave us additional scripture and instruction in the Book of Mormon, which is true.

How I live my faith

My two most important jobs in the gospel are wife and mother. I also participate in our ward to "strengthen the wards and branches of Zion". I am the president of the Young Women's organization, which is for girls ages 12-18. I also play the organ (not well, either!). I believe that I must do as our leaders have asked and "lift where you stand", or in other words, apply my talents and abilities where I can, whether or not I believe them to be particularly good.

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

Scripture study helps us to combat temptation. Satan is always on the alert "that he may have [us]". Shouldn't we be constantly on the alert for his subtle and deceiving whisperings? Scripture study (and prayer) builds our armor against Satan and puts us on guard to be ready to identify when he is striving to lead us astray, as well as providing us with the tools we need to fight back. Show more Show less