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Hi I'm Erin

I'm a single mom. I'm a student, again. I live in the heart of Texas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single mom of four. I'm a student and a substitute teacher. I am studying to be a "real" teacher, preferably in the middle school. I am very protective of my time with my own kids. They are the best kids ever. My oldest has taken on such a huge role in our family to take care of all the things that I can't always handle. My younger kids have huge hearts, but the year or so since their dad left has been challenging for all of them. He left me and the church all at the same time. While this has been a difficult time for me and the kids, the church has been a huge blessing in my life. My church leaders have gone out of their way to comfort and bless us, the members have shown their love to me and my kids through countless acts of service. The greatest blessing is the increased capacity to forgive and the strength to move forward. This is an unfortunate circumstance that come to many people in this life, but my faith has made this rocky road much smoother. It has also taught me that I am not defined by this. I love stories whether it's a great classic novel or a well written movie. I love music, and love seeing a great band play. I also love to sing, and some of my favorite memories are times when I have been able to use that talent to bless someone else or to express my own special feelings. I love to cook, and I also live near Austin where there is some of the best food anywhere! I just love having fun! I love to get lost in all the amazing things my area has to offer.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of the church and can trace my family's membership in the church to it's early days. I was blessed with great leaders who acted as mentors and helped me to develop my testimony and my personal relationship with the Savior during a time of life when the world makes rebellion and easy virtue so attractive. I wasn't perfect, but I always had a deep feeling that I was loved by a Heavenly Father who was keenly interested in my welfare. When I was 18, I made a goal to read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover. It was a powerful experience to really know that it was true for myself. I knew because as I read, I wanted to be a better person. I have read it many times since and the same powerful feelings always come back. I love reading it alongside the Bible. Things that could be misunderstood or interpreted in different ways are made clear when you read them together. I feel the truthfulness of both books and am grateful for a Heavenly Father who loves us enough to give us order and clarity. It's also important to me that my family will be a family forever. My father passed away 10 years ago and I know he is watching over us and that we will see him again. Of utmost importance is the knowledge that my Heavenly Father loves me and has a plan for me. I can have peace and joy in this life and hope for the next. I know we have this great blessing and many others because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. That's why I'm a Mormon. I feel His love and influence here.

How I live my faith

A testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel is not gained or maintained without effort. I live my faith through daily (some days, constant) prayer and study of the scriptures by myself and with my family. We have weekly family nights where we sing songs, take turns teaching a gospel principle like honesty, faith or modesty and enjoy activities together. As a young woman of 21, I served a mission for the church in Toronto, Canada and had a wonderful experience teaching people from all over the world about our faith and strengthening the members of the church there. It was an amazing experience. I attend the temple in San Antonio once a month. It strengthens my feelings of how important family and my relationship with Christ is in my life. There is no paid ministry in our church, so there are many opportunities to learn and develop new skills as we try to do God's work here in our little part of the world. Currently I work in the young women's organization of our congregation. I help to plan activities that help the girls ages 12-18 of the church learn to develop skills that promote self reliance, strengthen their families, and help them continue to grow closer to their Savior. I really enjoy working with the girls, the other leaders, and the community to make these activities special and worthwhile. I have also had opportunities to work with the women's organization and the children's Sunday school. I consider it an honor to be asked to serve in any way I can.

What is the Relief Society?

Erin
Relief Society has the purpose of organizing the women to serve each other and the families of the church. Whenever our members are in need of physical assistance because of illness or incapacity, we try to help one another meet those needs. We also try to meet the emotional and spiritual needs by teaching uplifting lessons at church on Sunday and individually in each others homes through a program called Visiting Teaching. Through this program, we try to meet the needs of every sister and her family. We also have meetings on occasion during the week where skills are learned and relationships are formed and strengthened. Show more Show less