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Hi I'm Erika

I am a wife, a mom, a photographer, and a cancer surviver. I love my God, my family, my camera and books. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I were high school sweethearts. We have been married twelve years and have three kids. I am an artsy kind of girl and I have side photography business. I love to create and I have picked up random hobbies throughout the years. I have cross stitched Christmas stockings for every member of my little family. I love to go out on Girl's Night Out's with my friends and catch a chick flick and go out for dessert. I love to blog and record memories- I have been an avid journal writer since I was ten years old. I love to read fantasy and Young Adult fiction. I really don't love cooking and cleaning, but baking is fun (especially around the holidays). I also play the piano and violin. I love going on family vacations with my family during the summer, especially to the beach or out hiking to a waterfall. When I was pregnant with my son, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. My thyroid was removed during pregnancy and after my son was born I underwent radiation therapy to kill any cancer cells. I am a cancer survivor.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and was taught from a young age all about the Gospel. When I was 13 years old I had recently read about Joseph Smith's First Vision (when he saw The Father and the Son). I sat on my bed, a song about the first vision was playing on my cassette player. And as I thought about the vision, I had a distinct thought: "Joseph Smith was telling the truth." That thought didn't just touch my mind, it also touched my heart. And it was so powerful that I KNEW that it was true. I know that it was the Holy Ghost testifying to me. That experience has anchored me to the Church.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the Young Women's President in my congregation. I help plan activities, lead in spiritual learning and fellowshipping for the young women. In addition to helping at church, I also live my faith daily. I pray daily, both on my own and with my family. As a family, we read the scriptures every day and discuss Gospel topics. When I teach my children, I try to relate the situation to something in the scriptures or I ask them what Jesus would do. When they ask questions I often answer with answers related to God. I feel like when I learn about God's commandments and laws, it helps me to make better decisions because I try to please Him. I also attend the temple monthly. The temple is a beautiful place where we can learn and serve others.