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Hi I'm Erin

I recently graduated with a degree in Music Education and got married. I love to spend time singing and outdoors with my family.

About Me

I recently graduated with my bachelors in Music and English Education from BYU-Idaho. I love to spend time with adolescents, especially when I can help them recognize their own success and brilliance! In 2012, I married my sweet husband in the Logan, Utah Temple. My husband is currently working on his Masters degrees at the University of Utah so we're still sort of living the student life-style. I love to spend time outdoors hiking, camping, running, and fishing especially when I get to do these things with the people I love most. I also enjoy sewing, crocheting, and blogging. I come from a family of 5 with one brother and one sister of which I am the oldest. Growing up my days were spent reading, making movies in the park with my friends, visiting our local bookstore as often as possible, participating in community choirs, playing the piano, acting in the school's musicals and plays, and teasing my younger siblings to the max! Now my days are filled with teaching, visiting the local library, attending the temple, visits to family and friends, outdoor activities, and walks to the park with my husband. We are sort of addicted to duck feeding!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS religion but stuck with it because of the example of my parents. While I was growing up, they helped me to gain an individual testimony of my Savior, Jesus Christ. They taught me that I come from a divine heritage and truly am a daughter of my Heavenly Father. They helped me understand the purpose of commandments and how to recognize the blessing and joy that come from righteous living. My parents also helped me to understand the importance of the Atonement. I make a lot of mistakes in life however, because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ I can return to live with my father again. What a blessing it is to know that I have a Savior who has experienced all that I have felt, both joy and pain, and who knows how help me grow and achieve a divine potential. I am a Mormon because of the restored eternal doctrine of families. I know that through the blessings of the temple our families can be together for eternity and I am so grateful for that knowledge! The day I was sealed to my husband was a glorious day indeed! I also know that the priesthood of God was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith and is again on the earth to direct and bless our lives. I am so grateful for the priesthood and the opportunity that I have to work within priesthood authority through church callings and my divine responsibilities as a wife (and future mother). Priesthood blessings have been a constant source of comfort and direction in my life. I know that God listens to my prayers because I am his daughter. In my life I have experienced the peace and direction that he sends through the Holy Ghost and I am grateful for his interaction and guidance in my personal life. I love this gospel! I am thankful for the blessings it has brought into my life, and the personal relationship I have with developed with my Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ, because of the restored and revealed truths of the gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to uplift those around me. My husband and I stay active in opportunities to better our community through service and also by bring families closer together. I also live my faith by helping my students understand that you can have a successful and happy life without immodesty, immorality, and drug use. I stay active in my ward by visiting other women in my ward and stake and developing a friendly relationship with them. My husband and I study the scriptures together, we pray together, and discuss (and then act) how we can best help those around us together. Every week we have a family night where we grow closer as a family, learn the gospel together, and evaluate how we as a family can be better representatives of Christ. I also live my faith by staying in touch with my family and keeping our family ties strong. An important facet of my marriage/life is temple service. I have had the wonderful opportunity to live close to LDS temples throughout my life.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Erin
Families can be together forever. Through the power of the priesthood we are able to be sealed to our spouse and family by covenanting with our spouse and with our Heavenly Father. ("and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven" - Matthew 16:19) In Doctrine and Covenants 130:2 the Lord reveals to us that eternal families are a part of the Plan of Salvation and that a Temple marriage (meaning that a husband and wife are sealed through covenants and by the priesthood of God in LDS temples) is essential for obtaining Celestial Glory. On May 26th of 2012 I was sealed to my husband, Jordin, in the Logan, UT temple. I know that because I was sealed to my husband I have the opportunity to be with him throughout the rest of eternity and I am so excited and thrilled to be able to do so! Some would say that this is newlywed enthusiasm and that in a year or two I will be less enthusiastic, etc. I could not disagree more! My marriage has been a wonderful blessing! Jordin and I have only grown closer since we were married and sealed to each other. I know that this is because we made covenants with the Lord to cherish each other and because we are faithful to those covenants he has blessed our marriage and provided us with happiness and stability as we face the challenges every young, married couple encounters. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Erin
The Mormon lifestyle is really quite normal. I hold a regular job, participate in community events, shop at local stores, etc. The biggest difference in my lifestyle compared to some of my non-mormon friends is my commitment to my church organization and my family. Because our church utilizes a volunteer clergy, church members usually donate personal time throughout the week fulfilling callings (responsibilities) within their ward. For example, I serve as music director within my ward so I spend time preparing music selections and conducting ward choir practices during the week. We also spend time serving our other ward members and serving within the temple. Church members are encouraged to participate in individual study of the gospel. My husband and I do this through personal scripture study and prayer as well as family scripture study and prayer. We attend weekly church meetings and study the words of modern prophets and apostles to further learn about our Heavenly Father and Savior. This brings happiness, comfort, and peace into our lives. Because families are an essential part of God's plan, my husband and I make sure that family is always a priority. We plan wholesome family activities, teach (and are taught) the gospel to family members, and create a family-friendly environment within our home where everyone feels welcomed, loved, and safe. My husband and I also put a lot of effort into our marriage because we understand the importance of the family within God's plan. Show more Show less