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Hi I'm Erica

I'm a student at Stanford. I'm a cheerleader. I'm a musician. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I have had the privilege of growing up in a tight-knit family with three older sisters and loving parents. I grew up in Ohio, but when I was 14, my family moved to Tokyo, Japan for my father's work. I lived in Japan and went to high school there for four years, after which I moved to California to attend Stanford University. At that time, my parents were called on a mission to Sapporo Japan. I loved the experience of living abroad which has opened my eyes to the beautiful diversity of this world and God's children. I have also thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities I've had to do volunteer work in places such as Zambia, Kenya, and Thailand. Besides service, my hobbies include music: playing the cello and singing. I'm also a cheerleader and a member of a sorority. I am planning on majoring in International Relations with a minor in Communications.

Why I am a Mormon

Whenever I am doing what's right, when I'm reading the scriptures, when I'm serving others, when I am thinking about Christ's sacrifice for me, when I go to church, and when I go to the temple, I can feel the spirit, and I can feel God's love for me. If I know anything at all, I know that this feeling is the warmest, most comforting thing I have ever experienced, and I will do anything to keep that in my life and to help others experience that same joy. Without the gospel in my life, I know I would be a completely different person, and that I would be less successful, less driven, less happy, and less hopeful. I have seen how the gospel brings my family closer together. The gospel of Jesus Christ makes me strive to be a better person, and it has motivated me to reach my full potential throughout my entire life. I can't deny that it is true. Like Joseph Smith said concerning his vision of Heavenly Father and his Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, "I knew it and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it" I have received a testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the fullness of God's truth restored to the earth. I have wrestled with doubt, I have questioned, and I have inquired of the Lord. God has blessed me with a witness that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that Heavenly Father loves me and hears my prayers, that Jesus Christ died for my sins, and that the knowledge and principles I have learned through this church are everlasting and true. This is something I will never be able to deny, and for this reason, I am willing to devote my entire life to it.

How I live my faith

In January I will report to the Missionary Training Center in order to begin my mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have been assigned to serve in Seoul, Korea for 18 months, and I am so excited! During this period, I will devote 100% of my time to serving the Lord and spreading His message of love and hope, and the restoration of the gospel to the people in Korea, in the Korean language. I know that this mission will require an immense amount of hard work, patience, perseverance, and faith, but I am anxious to help others grow closer to Christ, and I know that I will grow closer to Christ in the process. Everyday, I try to live my faith by loving others. To quote from the timeless musical, Les Miserable, "To love another person is to see the face of God." Our purpose here on earth is to learn and to grow to become more like our Father in Heaven. God's most prominent characteristic is that he loves all of humanity with infinite and perfect love. "God's work and glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." Moses 1:2 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life" John 3:16. Therefore, the best way we can learn to become like God is by loving and serving others, especially those that are in need of an uplifting spirit, and those that are hard to love.