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Hi I'm Erin

I'm American, I'm a marine biologist working in animal care, I'm a SCUBA diver, I love to paint, I'm married, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Erin. I'm 23-years-old. I am from the United States of America, and I have lived in Utah, Oregon, Washington, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Hawaii, Texas, and North Carolina. I grew up with a mother, father, two younger brothers, and a dog. I received my bachelor's degree in biology with a marine emphasis in marine biology and a minor is psychology in April 2014 from Brigham Young University - Hawaii. While there, I held a research job for the biology department, and I discovered a probable new sabellid polychaete species. I presented my personal research at two professional scientific conferences during my undergraduate career. I was married in December of 2011. I love animals, traveling, the beach, hiking, science, art, and music. I sing and play piano, guitar, and ukulele. I love to paint. I spent two weeks in the rain forests of Costa Rica studying ecology, marine biology, and conservation, and I spent six weeks studying marine biology on the islands of Saipan and Rota in Micronesia. I love Hawaii. I desperately want to visit Africa. I have worked in zoos and aquariums. The gospel of Jesus Christ that I have learned through being a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is an anchor in my life that has helped give me strength, perspective, and patience through difficult times in life. Living a life in line with the gospel brings me immense joy and has guided me to success in all aspects of life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by Mormon parents. Growing up, I regularly attended church with my family. I enjoyed church and felt happy there and was excited to be baptized when I turned 8. As I got older, I learned more about the gospel of Jesus Christ as more of it applied to my situations. The organization of the church and the principles of Christ's gospel make logical sense to me. Everything has a place in the gospel, and the more I study it, the more sense it makes. I have found the truest and fullest answers to life's many questions in the gospel. In addition, I have experienced numerous spiritual experiences which testify to me of the truthfulness of the gospel on the LDS church and the Book of Mormon. Life is hard for all of us at times, and I have found the most peace, comfort, and happiness in the gospel than anywhere else. My Savior has helped me through things when no one else could. The Holy Ghost has comforted me in my darkest hours. The gospel has taught me eternal truths that have directed me and pushed me through hard times. The church has uplifted my spirit and provided me with leaders and a ward family. I see the beauty of God's creations in my work, I see the genius of His doings in my life, and I feel of His never-ending love in His gospel and in my relationship with Him and my relationships with others. I am so blessed. And I am Mormon in an effort to please the great God and Heavenly Father who has given me so much love and guidance and such incredible blessings.

How I live my faith

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for my whole life. I attended college at Brigham Young University - Hawaii, an institution run by the LDS church like those located in Provo, Utah and Rexburg, Idaho. I was married in the La'ie, Hawai'i LDS temple in December of 2011. My husband and I are active in our local ward where we both hold callings. We teach Sunday school and advise the young single adults (ages 18-30) in our ward. My husband and I strive to attend church every Sunday, attend the temple regularly, hold family night (FHE: Family Home Evening) every Monday night, read our scriptures together every night, and pray together every day. I research my family history almost every day. I also participate in personal scripture study and prayer. I often study talks given by modern day prophets and apostles. I live a moral life, I serve in my church and in my community, and I strive to do my best to be my best as a disciple of my Savior, Jesus Christ.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Erin
Nature, here, refers to God's physical, spiritual, and emotional characteristics and attributes. God is embodied (like Jesus Christ), has perfected all virtuous characteristics yet he is also just, and he loves us and cares for our well-being more than we can comprehend. Physically, Mormons believe that God has a body of flesh and bone (D&C 130:22), and we are made in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). People had experiences in the scriptures where they saw God's body. Moses saw God face to face, as a man speaks to his friend (Exodus 33:11). The Brother of Jared saw God's finger (Ether 3:9). Stephen saw Jesus sitting on the right hand of God (Acts 7:56) thus indicating that God has a form. And Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ in the Sacred Grove (JSH 1:17). Spiritually everything that Christ is, God is (John 8:28). God displays perfect charity, forgiveness, patience, and benevolence. He also has vengeance, jealousy, and righteous anger. God judges perfectly, and he exhibits a perfect balance between these characteristics. The most prominent aspect of God's emotions is His love. God is love (1John 4:7-8). God loved the world so much that He gave us His own son, Jesus Christ, to atone and die for all of us that we may return to live with Him if we choose to. In Moses 7, Enos talked to God after Satan covered the Earth in darkness. When God saw the wickedness of His children He wept (Moses 7:28-29) because He created man, and man had turned away from Him (Moses 7: 32-33, 37)." Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Erin
Paul was a biblical missionary to Gentiles and some Jews who taught about grace. These people repented through works of sacrifice. Paul emphasized to them that works alone cannot earn heaven; Grace is required. Grace saves us from death and hell (Jacob, 2 Nephi 9:10, 1 Corinthians 15:57). 'Saved' means to be resurrected to a kingdom of glory: Celestial, Telestial, Terrestrial (1 Corinthians 15: 40-42) without works. This salvation comes automatically to all because of the atonement of Jesus Christ. . There is a difference between exalting grace and saving grace. The path to exaltation, as opposed to strictly salvation, is provided through the Atonement, but it requires works. According to the Sermon on the Mount, works are required (Matthew 7:21-27). Nephi, a Jew, teaches a balance between works and grace (2 Nephi 25:23). We must believe in Christ (Faith) and repent to return to God. Christ's Grace saves us after all we can do. The only way to salvation/exaltation is through Christ and His atonement! (2 Nephi 31:21) Faith does not equal grace, although faith accesses grace. Faith without works is dead (James 2:17-18; 26). Elements of Grace in reference to Jesus Christ: 1) Saved by Grace (from death and hell): Resurrection, Kingdom of Glory, Ephesians 2:8 2) Exalting Grace: Celestial exaltation and eternal life (John 1:12-17, D&C 17:8, Moses 7:59) 3) Enabling Grace: Helps us assess grace (2 Corinthians 1:4-6, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Phillipians 4:13, D&C 93:11-14) Show more Show less