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Hi I'm Erika

I'm Japanese, but I also lived in England when I was young. I hold ballroom dance parties with my husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 3 children, the youngest is 18. I've started ballroom dance 3 years ago because my husband was doing it first, and now we are holding ballroom parties as well. I like music, and also working using English and computers. I also like children and animals. I love to eat cakes (especially those with cream!), too! I love spiritual things very much, and that is why I am so happy to be able to become a member of this Church. I love sharing spiritual testimonies with other people.

Why I am a Mormon

I was living by myself in an apartment for one year during my university years, and it was at that time when the missionaries from the LDS church knoked my door. Also around that time, I had been looking for a church visiting various churches. The missionaries were Americans as well, which is important, because I still couldn't accept the Japanese people after living in England for some time and wanting to go to a university there, really (a typical mental state for returnees). I told them that I was interested in Christianity, but had no intention of becoming a member of their church. I asked a question each time before the discussions with the missionaries which we had every week, but strangely enough, it was always related to the topic they were going to talk about (the discussion was in a systematic order at that time). I used to be a member of a different denomination while I was in England. The people there were wonderful, but I was not happy with the doctrianl parts: I did get baptised, but I didn't feel any spirit at all when receiving it; there were other churches of the same denomination in other parts of the country, but they didin't really use the same textbooks, so they were teaching slightly different thngs; and I wondered why it was always the vicar speaking for a long time (often making me sleepy!) instead of the members sharing their testimonies. I soon found out that all these ideals I had with a church were there with the LDS church. The first time I visited the church, I found that it was something different from any other church. I felt a strong spirit which I didn't feel with other churches I visited while I was looking for one. I knew even before praying, through the spirit, that this was the true Church of God. I had to wait for one whole year to get baptised because my parents were against it, but I faithfully attended church and obeyed the commandments through that time. I'm glad I'm an LDS and have never regretted becoming one!

How I live my faith

I pray morning and night, and read the scripture daily. I attend church every week as well, and serve without pay doing various responsibilities like the organist, presidency for women and sometimes even an interpretter. I am not a perfect person, but I try to be nice to other people, and try to keep my smiles everyday. If there are people who are in need, I try to help them. I know from my own experience that simply saying "Are you alright?" when seeing somebody trip over and fall helps them tremendously. When we hold our ballroom dance parties, we try to let the people who come to feel a special spirit by greeting them warmly and providing cool and beautiful music. I am in charge of the music, but I try to look up the lyrics to check they are in accordance with our Church standard. We are very happy when they leave with big smiles and say they enjoyed the party.