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Hi I'm Erin

I love a long bike ride, spending time in the kitchen with my children and sudoku. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Lucky me! I grew up living in countries around the world. I lived in Tonga, Fiji, The Cook Islands, Mexico and Ecuador. Those experiences taught me to have great love and appreciation for all of God's children, see the blessings in my life and prepared me for my future life as the wife of a military man. I've been married to my best friend for 23 years and we've been blessed with 5 children. As a military family, we move every few years, and we've found that each move comes with its share of challenges, but it's also a family adventure that teaches us amazing life lessons and bonds us to each other. Our priorities are God, family, education, and soccer- we all play it, watch it, and love it. We not only love each other, we like each other, and life in our house is a little crazy, but definitely fun. I wish I could say that our family is always happy and well-adjusted, but that goal is still a work in progress. Our family motto is "We can do hard things." Every day there is at least one moment where an overwhelming feeling of gratitude washes over me- I am truly blessed. Now that my children are older, I find it rewarding to spend much of my free time visiting others. Many times when I think I am visiting someone to help and encourage them, I gain so much more than I give. It is a gift to see the hand of God in the lives of others.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon and the holy spirit has testified to me that it is true. I'm a Mormon because the gospel inspires me to try harder to be more like Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon because it is a blessing to strive to live each day with faith, hope and integrity. I'm a Mormon because testimonies I have heard have touched my heart and I have felt a witness of their truth. I'm a Mormon because I know that it is by grace- through Jesus Christ- that I can be saved. I'm a Mormon because I can feel the Savior's love as I teach primary children about Him. I'm a Mormon because of the powerful Christian examples I see in other Mormons I know. I'm a Mormon because Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God- A prophet for our time, just as there were prophets of old. I'm a Mormon because I know the Bible is the word of God. I'm a Mormon because I have felt God's peace and His love during times of difficulty and trials. I'm a Mormon because I have asked in prayer and received a confirmation of the spirit that the Church of Jesus Christ is TRUE.

How I live my faith

My faith is the essence of who I am each day from the moment I open my eyes until I end each day with a prayer. My faith gives me the hope, purpose and understanding that make me the wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and neighbor that I am. My faith compels me to visit those who are struggling, to make bread for my neighbors, to volunteer in our schools, to teach primary children about Jesus, to deliver meals on wheels and help at a food bank, to make my family my number one priority. I have had the opportunity to work with the youth of our church for many years. I have witnessed their enthusiasm, their courage and their commitment to do what is right even under intense peer pressure to do otherwise, and their example strengthens my faith. At the moment, my husband is the bishop in our ward. It is a challenge to find enough time for his occupation, his responsibilities as a bishop, and our family, but with God's help it is possible. I know that our family has been strengthened and blessed by his service. My faith has grown as I have seen first hand the many acts of service and kindness that are given by the members of our ward to each other and to our community. It is a blessing to participate with them in church services and in working together to serve others. My faith is also strengthened by the example of my 20 yr old son who is serving as a missionary in Chile. His desire to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, his love for the Chilean people, his willingness to serve God with all of his heart all inspire me to learn and grow in the gospel, to try each day to follow Christ's example and become more like Him. I am grateful for daily opportunities to show my faith in how I live my life. I am far from perfect, but I try to pattern my life after the message in 1 Timothy 4:12, "Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity."