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Hi I'm Erin Hemmelgarn

I'm an entrepreneur, a Sterling Scholar, a photographer, a swimmer, and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

Usually I just say “I’m a small town girl” and leave it at that, but here’s the real deal: I'm a sucker for living life. I’m that girl you see running around for no apparent reason, having more fun than is probably reasonable. I love Target, lemon yogurt, hipster music, and long drives. I'm obsessed with India and its culture, and I have a creative streak I refuse to repress-- which is why I'm majoring in graphic design at BYU. You can usually find me managing my night crew at Cafe Zupas and LOVING my job, though I probably have a stressed out expression underneath my wide smile. Most of all, though, I love being happy-- which is where the Gospel comes in.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the faith, but the Gospel is such a huge part of my life, I wouldn’t have it any other way! A few years ago I was just your average LDS girl, doing what I was supposed to but not really knowing why. But when I found myself facing some trials that left me feeling down, self-conscious, and like I was unable to achieve anything worthwhile, I turned to the Lord. I’m a Mormon because I find joy in the simple and unconditional love of Christ. I know that no matter what I do, no matter what happens to me, Christ will accept me and I can always return to Him. I know that God has a perfect plan and that he can see the bigger picture, and while I might not always like what he is up to, it is what is best for me. I know that he has a hand in my life and is guiding me towards experiences that will allow me to feel happy and fulfilled.

How I live my faith

At its simplest level, I live my faith by trying to be like Jesus. From my childhood, I was taught that Christ loves everyone, regardless of race, creed, religion, the clothes they wear, the way they do their hair, what car they drive, or what job they have. All he cared about was whether you were trying to be a good person. I try to keep that in mind in my interactions with others. When I was eight years old, I was baptized into the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints-- a church that bears the name of Christ, and, when I did that, I took his name upon myself. I try to keep that in mind when I interact with others-- I aim to show kindness to others and to live my faith in a way that reflects positively on the Gospel I am representing. But I’m not perfect-- that’s the biggest thing. I’m still learning, and so is everyone else. But no matter what, Christ will accept you, and I try to do the same.