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Hi I'm Erica

I'm a musician. I'm a big sister. I'm a friend. I am not perfect. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 15 years old and I am pretty busy. I am in the colorguard at my high school, which occupies a large portion of my time. I also play the piano and the violin and I love it. Music is very important to me, and it is the only way I can truly express myself. I am not the best speaker, and I have a hard time putting words together the right way. I don't like getting up and bearing my testimony or talking about it, but through music, my testimony can shine through and be stated more beautifully than it ever could be with words. I have 5 younger brothers and sisters, and my house is usually chaos. But as crazy as it gets, I love my family and I'm glad I chose to come live with this family. I don't know exactly what I want to do for college, but I would love to go to BYU Hawaii. I have great friends and I try to be a great friend in return. Luckily for me, even when I slip up, they are always ready to catch me and help me be my best. I'm usually pretty nice and I try to help wherever I can. I'm glad to have the gospel in my life, and I'm thankful for the direction it gives me.

Why I am a Mormon

When first asked why I'm a Mormon, my first thought is, "Well, it's not like I really have a choice, I'm a Mormon because my parents are", but the more I think about it, I realize how great the church is and all the other reasons I am still faithful. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints offers greater joy and happiness than ANY other earthly thing ever could. I feel at home and like I'm a part of a big family the second I walk into the church building. A feeling of peace comes over me anytime I participate in a church meeting or activity-even at early morning seminary! I love this church, and I don't know what I would do without it. It is worth all the 'sacrifices' we make because in reality, we don't have to sacrifice anything. The 'super strict and ridiculous rules' keep me safe and happy, no matter how crazy they seem. I am thankful for the guidelines that have been set in the "For The Strength of Youth" and I know that, as much as I may wish they didn't exist sometimes, they are for my own good and they give me the opportunity to be free and happy in heaven when I have no earthly ties to hold me back. I am also a Mormon because it helps me see that I am a child of God, just like everyone that lives, has ever lived, and will ever live on the earth. It helps me realize that I am never alone and I will always have someone to rely on, no matter how hard my trials may be.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church every Sunday and by doing my best to follow the commandments we've been given. I don't currently have a calling in my ward right now, but I try to help out in whatever ways I can. I strive to let my light shine through so that people can see that I am happy and different. I want people to know that I know our Redeemer lives and that I am happy. I try to talk about the gospel as often as possible, and I strive to withhold my standards in my life. I attend the youth group activities every week and I get to spend time with other youth who believe the same things I do.