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Hi I'm Erika

I am a musician and an athlete. I love to laugh! I am a Mormon.

About Me

I play violin and piano. I love being a part of the orchestra at Brigham Young University, and I wouldn't be able to live without music. It is a very important part of my life. I love playing sports (like softball and racquetball), cooking, reading, playing with my dachshunds, swimming, surfing, going to the movies, game nights, and snorkeling. I love my family very much and love traveling with them. My first language is Spanish because that's what my mom taught me. My favorite food is Puerto Rican. I am majoring in Latin American studies because my favorite thing in the whole wide world is Latin American culture. It's so much fun! I believe in laughing all the time. It helps you get through the hardest times and who wants to be stressed anyways?

Why I am a Mormon

I have grown up in the church all of my life. I have been taught its principles since I was little, so I have had a lot of time to study it out. I always had loving parents and teachers and friends who were there to support me, so that was a start. The church members are like a family that is always there when you need help. If I ever had a question or concern, someone was always there to help me. So the first reason was because there was always someone there for me. Later in life, when I started having serious doctrinal questions, I had people to help me, but I really needed to know for myself. I knelt down to pray like I had been taught. I had just finished reading the Book of Mormon again, and I prayed like I never had before. I hadn't even finished my prayer before a warm sense of peace and calm overtook my heart. It wasn't a big experience, but I felt in my heart that these things that I had been taught were true. I love going to church, and I love the feeling I get from living it. My testimony of the gospel and the Atonement of Jesus Christ have helped me so much. It has grown a lot since I've been out on my mission. There is a joy and a peace that comes from knowing that there is someone who has been through all of the things I have been through. I know that even when no one can fully comprehend what I feel, there is always Jesus Christ who knows exactly how I feel. How could you not feel happy when you know about the Savior?!

How I live my faith

I try to be an example to others of my faith. Where I live, there aren't too many member of the church. Your testimony has to be strong so that you're always ready to answer people's questions when they ask you about the church. I have worked with the youth in the past couple of years, including serving as the director of a Girls' Camp. It was challenging, but super fun. I am also serving an 18 month, Spanish speaking mission in Portland, Oregon and it is so much fun! Serving all those around me and telling people what I: believe, whether or not they decide to accept it, brings me a lot of happiness. Plus, it's really nice because there's always something to laugh about. You meet people you never would have known existed if you didn't come out. I have made eternal friends and love teaching the gospel.