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Hi I'm Erin

I'm fantastically happy and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In many ways I am a pretty average 20 year old girl. I spend most of my time with school, work and friends. I love learning and studying especially history. I work as a History Teaching Assistant and by so doing enjoy sharing my love of history with others. My friends and I do everything from movie nights and cookie munching to silly sporadic craziness. My hobbies include cliff jumping, kayaking, and backpacking. I love nature. I also love traveling. I have been to Australia, France, Switzerland, Canada, Greece, Mexico, England, and New Zealand. My favorite part about going to new places is meeting the amazing people who live there. I find it thrilling to learn of new cultures and to realize what a wonderful exciting world we live in!

Why I am a Mormon

As stated above, in many ways I am an average 20 year old gal. I like boys, ice cream, and dancing around the kitchen just like everyone else. On the other hand there are a couple of things that many might find unique, odd, or just different. These largely all stem from the choice I have made to try everyday to become more like my savior Jesus Christ. I grew up in an LDS family and was taught by loving parents the principles and doctrines of the church. They showed me through their example the reason they chose to be active in the church; it brought them immeasurable joy! As I have grown older I have had to question things for myself. I have had to come to my own realization that I truly am happiest when I am following the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My realization didn't come in one big revelation. Instead it was a gradual, step by step process. Slowly my faith grew and in turn was tested. Through these small trials I recognized just how much I really do rely on that faith, and thus it was strengthened. I guess the short answer to the question, "Why I'm a Mormon" is the same as my parents. I have tried and tested the church's doctrine and realized this is where I find fulfillment, peace, hope, and happiness. That is what this life is all about; being happy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily, or at least I try. For me each morning represents an opportunity to become a better representative of Jesus Christ. Christ was all about service, as such, I can become more like him through finding ways to serve others. Some of these are through the church. For example I have acted as a teacher for various age groups (12-13 year old girls) (4 year old children) (as well as women my own age). Every time I am given the opportunity to help others increases my love for those I serve as well as those for my Father in Heaven. Recently I have been trying to increase my charity by doing simple acts of kindness for others. For example: I just drop off an encouraging note, give someone a hug, ask others about how they are doing, etc. I have found that by getting outside the worries of my own life I have grown to understand Jesus more. Through living like Jesus I have found peace.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Erin
Well, how does one come to know anyone else: through spending time learning of them and talking to them, right? It is the same with God. We muster up enough faith to spend time with God. We pray, and by so doing talk with God. An example of this is seen in Exodus 33:11. Moses' relationship with God as his Friend, is one that we can all aim for. The more time we talk to him the more we come to know him. Another way we can come to know God is through learning about other's knowledge and experiences with him. This is achieved through reading the scriptures. As we read God's relationship with others, we can come to understand how He acts and what is important to Him. Finally, as we learn how He would act, we can try to do the same. This is seen through our attempts to keep His commandments. I know that through prayer, scripture study, and keeping the commandments we can come to know God personally. The amazing paradox with God is that, despite the fact that we are nothing in comparison to God, we mean everything to Him. This infinite love He has for us can be felt when we truly come to know Him. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Erin
What would you do if you knew that you had a marvelous message? For example, if you knew how to cure cancer, stop world hunger, or eliminate familial abuse. If I had the answers to questions like this I would want to share it with EVERYONE! I would want EVERYONE to know what I knew so that mankind would become more happy. For me sharing the message, that the fullness of Christ's church has been restored today, is like that. It provides me with so much peace and joy that I want to shout from the house tops. "I KNOW THE PLAN FOR HAPPINESS!!" Not only do I feel this way, but God feels this way. God has commanded those who know of his gospel to share it with others (Matt 28:19-20), because he loves ALL of his children and desires them all to share in the joy of this message (Acts 11:18). As a result, he sends out missionaries to do their best to find those in search of happiness. This work not only blesses those who are found and baptized (which provides them joy in this life and salvation in the life to come) but also blesses those who teach (they learn to be more Christ like as they do what he did and teach others) (John 20:21). Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Erin
Joseph Smith was a young boy who humbled himself before God and prayed to know to which church he should belong. God chose to answer him in a magnificent way - by appearing with His son Jesus Christ to the young boy. This experience, as well as countless others throughout Joseph's life, provide a witness to the fact that "through small and simple things are great things brought to pass" (Alma 37:6-7) This idea is conveyed in the bible through the stories of Moses, Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:6-7), Joseph of Egypt, etc. For truly, Joseph was a small simple boy, but through God's power he was able to restore Christ's Gospel on the earth. I cannot think of anything greater! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Erin
Life is a time for men to prepare to meet God, but how do we prepare? (Alma 34:32) We prepare by trying to become more like Him. This is achieved through: learning to choose between good and evil gaining a body (and learning to use it properly) learning experience forming eternal families I love these goals because it does not matter how much money one has or how smart someone is, these goals are achievable for everyone! As such, everyone's life has meaning and purpose. Show more Show less

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

Erin
There are many blessings which come from studying the scriptures. First, the scriptures are records of people's relationships with God. Thus by studying how they came to know Him, we can also come to know our Heavenly Father. As we grow to know Him we are better able to serve and become like Him. This blesses us by telling us that we are not alone and that we have infinite potential. The scriptures also provide a place to turn when you need answers. We can relate to those who have gone before us and learn from their experiences. Also, God has created a plan through which men can be happy. The scriptures tell of this plan, and thereby tell us how we can be happy. Possibly the most important blessing gained by reading the scriptures is a stronger faith in Jesus Christ. For we know that it is only through faith in him that we can be saved. Therefore, it is imperative that we develop our faith and one of the best ways to do so is through reading the scriptures. These books are a compilation of hundreds of stories that testify of Christ's power. So, as we read these stories we are increasingly convinced of His power in our own lives. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Erin
YES! We believe that as Hebrews 13:8 says "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and to day and for ever." Because Christ is one with God, God is also eternally constant. Thus if God used prophets to communicate to his children yesterday (as in the times of Moses, Abraham, and Noah) He must also use them today and for ever. Today God speaks through his prophet Thomas S. Monson. Pres. Monson speaks with God and then tells us through discourses what God would have his children know. I am so grateful that we have a prophet on the earth today, because it means that amongst all the political upheaval there is one leader in whom we can place our trust. President Monson explains what we can do to live happier, fuller lives. He teaches us how to love and be more like Christ. Show more Show less