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Hi I'm Erika

I'm an undergrad studying Linguistics. I love languages and studying how people communicate with one another. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an undergraduate working towards my B.A. in linguistics. You may not know this, but linguists aren't just there to study and learn billions of languages. It's everything from how we process language in the brain to why saying something is rude. Eventually, I would love to work with endangered languages and helping communities revitalize their languages. Hopefully, if things work out I'll be helping my professor this semester! After I graduate, I'm planning to travel and teach English. I figure after my BA is probably the best time to just pick up and leave and travel the world. I really want to go Japan and Korea! After that, it's back to graduate school. I'm planning to get my Master's, but who knows? I may end up doing something else super awesome. Or I could go on to get a Ph. D. Other stuff about me...hmmm. Well, I'm engaged, but it just feels weird to post that online. So I'm not going to go into that. Let's just say I'm super super happy ;-) People tell me I have a very distinctive (and loud) laugh. People are always telling me stuff like "Wow, I was all the way down the hall and heard you laugh. I knew it was you!" Or one time my roommate asked me (completely seriously) if it ever hurts my own ears. It also turns on our "clap on clap off" lights! When I was little I was really self conscious about it. Now it just amuses me that people can tell it's me. So far no one's told me it's annoying...so hopefully that's true!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both LDS so I grew up in the church. However, especially in middle school I began to have more and more questions, to the point where I was unsure if this was really Heavenly Father's church, or even if God was really there. Among my questions were concerns about women in the church and how God could allow such terrible things to happen. As we continued to read Ellie Wiesel's Night in class I remember being so sad for the victims of the holocaust. Was this really an all powerful and loving merciful God? During this time I prayed as much as I could and tried to read my scriptures as much as I could without getting frustrated. Eventually, as I prayed I felt the Holy Spirit overwhelm me with feelings of love so strong and all encompassing that I knew it did not come from myself or my own psyche. Heavenly Father is real and loves each of us. He answers prayers. He wants us to ask questions and struggle with why things are the way they are and how they fit within his Eternal Plan of Salvation and Happiness. He watches over me and protects and guides me to fulfill my fullest potential. Not only that, but he wants us to be happy. Here on earth, not just in the eternities. Living the gospel brings lasting happiness and purpose. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Right now I am a "Ward Missionary", which means I work with other ward missionaries to find and reach out to others who are feeling isolated at church, or perhaps find their faith weakening. We work in the community on service projects, and let visitors know what the church is about. We also just stand by the door and greet people as they come in. We are all taking a class on "Preach My Gospel" on how to share the gospel with others. I like it, but it's also terrifying. Religion is such a personal thing it's intimidating to share. You want to be able to explain your beliefs with grace and eloquence. You don't want to seem weird. You want to be that amazing person who can answer any question and point to the perfect verse in the Bible or Book or Mormon to explain it. Right now I'm working on it. Eventually I'll get there. Or at least better than I am right now! I love my calling though. It gives me an opportunity to be outgoing and get to know everyone without feeling weird about it. After all, how can you be a Ward Missionary if you don't know people's names? Honestly, I think this may be my favorite calling so far!