Hi I'm Erin
I am a mother and a teacher, a singer and a writer, and I'm a Mormon.
I grew up as the 3rd of 4 children in a home with wonderful parents. My dad always taught me that I could do whatever I put my mind to and my mom taught me to love learning and the arts. From a young age I found myself drawn towards teaching others and it was my goal to become a teacher. I attended college and earned my degree in Elementary Music Education. I taught music and drama to young children and enjoyed it immensely. My other goal was to marry and become a mother. My husband and I have 4 imaginative children and I made the choice when our first child was born to stay at home and nurture our children. Since I love teaching so much, I also decided that I wanted to be the one teaching them their ABCs, and so for now I homeschool. Taking care of the family's needs fills most of my time, but when I do have a moment to do my own things I like to read, sew, paint, bake, and make music. I have sung soprano in a choir for the last 11 years and enjoy that creative outlet also. Although being a full time mother of young children is time consuming, I am grateful for the things I have learned as a mom. It has been a sacrifice to put aside other personal goals for a while until the children are grown, but the things I have gained outweigh the things I have lost and I have been happy with my choice.
I was born into a family with a mother and father who were both faithful members of this church. My mother came from a long line of church members, dating back to the days of the prophet Joseph Smith. My father found the gospel as a teenager, and joined the church with his mother. Later his father and brother also joined the church. I loved hearing my father's conversion story and also tales of my pioneer ancestors. My testimony of the church has been developing throughout my life. Some conversion stories may be dramatic, but I think many are more like mine. I lived the gospel, and through living the gospel saw little miracles in my life. God answered my prayers, sometimes in amazing ways, and I knew He was there. I prayed and felt the Holy Ghost enlighten my mind. I knew in my heart the Gospel was true because of the many small experiences that built on each other. As I grew older and my problems grew bigger, I searched the scriptures to know God's path for me. When I was ready, the more dramatic spiritual experiences came, which are very sacred to me. If you are searching and sincerely want to know God, pray to him. I have such a testimony of prayer and how much God loves His children. If you open up your heart to him, He will be with you. I am a Mormon because this church is our Savior's church. This is the church of Jesus Christ, and it is Him whom we follow. He speaks to us through His prophet, and we can pray and know the things he teaches come from God.
I live my faith every day of my life. It is part of my being, part of my thinking. My faith taught me who I am and where I want to be going, and my day to day activities reflect that. Each day I pray and ask for guidance, that I can do my best as a mother, as a wife, and as a friend to those around me. My hope is that I can be an instrument in God's hands for good. I love the prayer of St. Francis "Lord make me and instrument of thy peace". Our faith teaches that we are all children of God, brothers and sisters sent here to gain bodies and gain the knowledge necessary to our returning into the presence of our father. Because of this belief, I do my best to try and help others in their life's journey, whether they have the same beliefs or different beliefs. I serve through babysitting, delivering meals, visiting those who are sick, making blankets for hospitals, collecting items for disaster relief and other such projects as needed. I also try to teach my children the importance of showing love for others through service. I helped my daughter organize and run a bake sale with proceeds going to charity. In our church community, we take turns serving each other in different capacities. I have loved serving the children, youth, and women in our church in various roles and my compassion and patience has increased with each opportunity. I was blessed to feel at a young age how much my Father in Heaven loves me and knows me individually. Since I have this foundation, and feel secure in His love for me, I am more able to deal with personal problems. I am able to look at issues in my life and feel peace, knowing that as I follow God's commandments I will be blessed and guided, even if things in my life here on earth seem turbulent.