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Hi I'm Erin

I am a mother, wife, teacher, friend, and nature-lover. I grew up in AZ, became an adult in CA, and now live in UT. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in Arizona, I do not remember being inside much. I grew up in the backyard pretending citrus trees were ice cream trucks, cracking pecan nuts, and swimming until my hair was green from chlorine and my skin pruned. I grew up in a sports-loving family. As a teenager I loved to play volleyball, softball, and go snow skiing. I had two brothers so my life was also filled with lots of football and baseball as well. My parents were married for 23 years and then divorced and have both remarried. I have been married for 16 years, and am blessed with three beautiful daughters. My husband converted to the Mormon faith when he was 23 years old and I am so grateful that he is my example and partner. I love to take pictures, create paper crafts, hike to waterfalls, and learn new insights from the scriptures.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an LDS family. When my parents divorced, I was 18 years old. This experience brought a lot of questions to my mind: what was the point of being married for eternity if it wasn't guaranteed to work? Was the gospel really true? My seemingly "perfect family" image crumbled, and I wondered if the striving to live so many rules and commandments was worth it. Fortunately, I was attending a university where religion classes were offered by instructors of the LDS faith. The principles I had been taught as a child rang true in my heart as I studied the scriptures. The spiritual experiences I had enjoyed as a youth had not left me. When the boy I was dating took the missionary lessons, I feel I had my own conversion as well. I could see how living the gospel principles changed his countenance. I felt the joy in my heart of testifying of true principles. His baptism was a life changing experience for me. When we were married in the temple, I was truly converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because it feels right in my heart. When I read the scriptures, I feel as if I have already known these principles. When I pray, I have inspiration come to my mind as to what the Lord wants me to do. The first time I attended the temple, the principles and ordinances experienced resonated within my being. The beautiful sights all around me of the changing sky, the vibrant leaf colors in the canyons, each drop of a waterfall dancing down reminds me of the power and love that our Heavenly Father has and shares with each of us. I am continually surprised by deeper levels of understanding and the depth of spirituality that is available to me as I follow God's laws.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the church means that I have a larger family than my immediate family. I love how everywhere I have moved, I have new friends and support. My husband and I have not lived in the same town as our extended family since we have been married. Our church family has been there for us when we have needed extra support, especially with spiritual uplifting and service in times of need. I love being a part of the largest women's organization on earth at church. I feel a great sisterhood among the women at church, especially because I never had a sister in my home growing up. I have loved being able to serve the youth and children at church. Now, I get to teach a Sunday school class to adults and help spread the gospel message in our neighborhood through missionary efforts. What a great opportunity for me. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ.