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Hi I'm Erika Luke

I'm a singer, a writer, and an actress. I'm a missionary, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am the middle of three kids. I've got an amazing family, headed by great parents. Currently, I'm serving as a missionary for the church in the Colorado Fort Collins Mission, Spanish speaking. I've studied psychology and theater. I absolutely love to act, and feel more comfortable on stage than anywhere else. I love singing, dancing, writing, and video gaming . There is nothing more important to me than my religion, my family, and my friends.

Why I am a Mormon

Elder Heber C. Kimball once said: “Let me say to you, that many of you will see the time when you will have all the trouble, trial and persecution that you can stand.... The time will come when no man nor woman will be able to endure on borrowed light. Each will have to be guided by the light within himself. If you do not have it, how can you stand?" Simply being born into the church is not sufficient enough to be a true Saint. I learned this in my youth, when I began to doubt the faith of my parents. I did not know whether the Church was true, and I faced trials that pushed me to the very limits of my strength. I struggled as far as I could alone, facing storms with only myself as a guide, and it was never enough. Only when I searched for a peace beyond what I myself could obtain did the whirlwinds cease. Only when I called to my God in fear, begging for His love, did I discover an everlasting reassurance that He was there. I know this is the true church of God because I have felt His love, I have found His peace, and I have wept with joy greater than the world could ever offer. I am a Mormon because I know the Church of Jesus Christ is led by our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. It is the only safe harbor in the raging tempest our world has become.

How I live my faith

My thoughts on such a topic are no better described than by 1 Timothy 4:12. "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. " Everything we have, everything we are, is due to our loving Father in Heaven. Why not convey that in what we do, what we say, in every essence of who we claim to be? It is impossible to have true faith if you don't live it. I live my faith by doing my best to follow the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We all fall short, we all have our weaknesses, but we must do all we can to show our faith and live Christ's gospel if we truly desire to be called His Disciples. The Lord himself said, "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.... I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you" (John 15: 14,16). I live my faith by sharing the gospel, by proclaiming in word and deed what I know to be true.

What is being a Mormon like?

Erika Luke
God gives His children the gospel so that they might understand His nature, draw closer to Him, and find true happiness and eternal salvation with our families. Being a Mormon allows us the chance to truly understand our relationship with our Father. We have the ordinances and teachings necessary to draw unto Him. We can live with our families in happiness for eternity. As members of the church, we are not free of trials. But having the gospel so fully in our daily lives gives us strength to overcome whatever we must face. We have joy unmatched by the false and fleeting distractions of the world. What greater life could be lived than one in accordance with the will of God? Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Erika Luke
Our Heavenly Father has said, "Behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith" (2 Nephi 27:23). God has always given His children the prophets to teach and to guide the church. Throughout biblical history, such prophets were rejected time and time again. However, God always called a new prophet to restore His teachings and lead His children on the path of righteousness. Such is the case in our day, for God is constant--the same yesterday, today, and forever. He never will deny His guidance so long as there are those willing to listen and obey. His prophet today is President Thomas S. Monson. He receives direction for the church. He testifies of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is a living witness of the divinity of God, just as the prophets of old. He is God's prophet. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Erika Luke
I've been a Mormon for my entire life. Not once have I ever felt that there was inequality between the men and women of this church. We have different responsibilities in our church service and in our lives, but neither role is more important than the other. Being a woman in the LDS church is not only a wonderful opportunity to find equality in our dealings with man, but the divine role of womanhood is magnified to its fullest. I have never seen an organization, religious or otherwise, that has so greatly honored women. President Gordon B. Hinckley once said, "Every woman is a daughter of God. You cannot offend her without offending Him. ... Women are such a necessary part of the plan of happiness which our Heavenly Father has outlined for us. That plan cannot operate without them." As a Mormon woman, I feel completely equal to the men of the church. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Erika Luke
Everything we have, everything we are, comes to us as a gift of God. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not require that a member pays tithes in order to participate in weekly church services. However, it is expected that members pay an honest tithe (meaning 10% of their income) as a witness of their faith and devotion to God. And, as everything is a gift from our Heavenly Father, tithes are not a burden but a blessing. God isn't really asking for ten percent of OUR money, but allowing us to keep ninety percent of His. Then, by keeping only 90 percent of such a gift and allowing the rest to return to God, we are blessed more abundantly than before. In a sense, God is blessing us for giving Him what was already His in the first place. With this perspective, tithes are truly a wonderful blessing. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Erika Luke
Of all God's creations, we as mankind are his greatest. He has given us our mortal bodies as sacred tabernacles to house our spirits. Such a divine gift allows us the chance to grow, to have families, and to draw closer unto God. We have been commanded to care for our mortal bodies just as we would care for any other precious gift loaned to us, for truly these "tabernacle[s] of clay" (Moroni 9:6) are not ours to abuse. The better we care for our bodies, the clearer our minds become, the stronger our ability to do good, and the greater our capacity to understand the mysteries of God. Show more Show less