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Hi I'm Erin

I'm a biologist. I am a daughter, sister, and friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

It's been a year since I graduated college, though sometimes it doesn't seem it, since I help my college-age brother with his work. Science is my passion, but my hobbies range from photography, art and jewelry-making to horseback riding, dog training, creative writing, and learning foreign languages.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It wasn't until my friends and I got to be teenagers, and many of them began to choose to stop coming to Church and living by the standards of the Church that I had to really think on whether or not I was a Mormon because that's all I had known or if I was a Mormon because I knew it was true for myself. It didn't take me long to realize that my faith was my own. I am a Mormon because I prayed to my Heavenly Father about it. My scientific mind refuses to let me settle for anything less than the truth. A God of Truth will never give a false answer, and will never direct me to something that is less than absolute truth. I am a Mormon because our Heavenly Father showed me that he wants me to be one. I am a Mormon because there is no other church other than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that contains the truth of all things. If there is anything true in this world, or the previous, or the next, it belongs to this Church. I am a Mormon because when many of my friends stopped coming with me, I found that I know for myself that it is true, and if this Church is true, then there is nothing else that really matters.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is not something that I wake up and have a checklist of things to do. I do teach sunday lessons, and play the piano and visit with the sisters in the Church. I am eager to share what I know to be true with my friends. I give talks when asked and share my testimony. But LIVING my faith is a lifestyle. It is a way of thinking and an attitude about life, about people, and about myself. It is shown in the small decisions I make--like wearing a one-piece bathing suit instead of that bikini or tankini that my friend says would look good on me. IT is covering my shoulders and making sure my skirts and shorts are knee-length when it's a hot summer day and everyone else has on mini-shorts and tube tops. It is making myself say my prayers before I collapse into bed after a long day working at the horse barn. Living my faith is considering not just long-term consequences, but the eternal consequences of my decisions. It is looking at every person I meet on the street--and yes, even that guy who cut me off going to work--and realizing that they are all my brothers and sisters: my family. It is to know spiritual things when I see them--to make an effort to see Heavenly Father's design in all things. Living my faith is setting my standards high and pushing myself to meet them. Living my faith has made me a happy person. My happiness increases as I live my standards and Jesus Christ's standards for me.