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Hi I'm Erin

I'm a college student, an illustrator, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently going to college, and recently made it into the illustration program at my school. I absolutely love it! I've always been into art, and love being able to study it. Few things excite me more than beautiful illustrations, and being able to create art! I'm not sure yet what I want to do with my degree, but I'm leaning toward either concept art or freelance. I also like music, and play piano and flute. Though I haven't really played my flute much since high school, I still enjoy playing the piano when I can. I even recently picked up the guitar, and I really enjoy it even though I can only play a handful of songs. I have three siblings, and I love my family! They're my best friends, and I love to spend time with them. We have a lot in common, and people have told me that my siblings and I get along "weirdly well." One of the things we like to do together is watch Disney movies. The youngest of my siblings might already be 16, but I don't think we'll ever get too old for Disney; my family is practically fluent in Disney quotes, and you can't have a conversation with us without at least one quote popping up!

Why I am a Mormon

At first, I was only a Mormon because my parents were. They were always very faithful members, and so I went to church and participated in other church activities. As I got older, though, my reasons for going changed. I gradually began to realize that it was what I wanted to do. I felt that this was the true church, and that I am a daughter of God. I can't say that I had a single event that made me choose to be a member. The things leading up to my conversion were small: the good feelings I have when I do things like read the Book of Mormon or go to church, the joy at the knowledge that families can be together forever, the answers to even the little prayers that showed me that my Heavenly Father cares about me and the small things that are important to me, etc. Larger spiritual experiences came only after I already knew that it was true. My mission was probably the biggest even that helped me find out for myself that this is what God wants for me. Because I spent so much time teaching others during that time, I learned what my flaws were and what parts of the gospel I still didn't understand. Through study, teaching, and prayer, I came to a better understanding and a knowledge that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I felt His love and His power supporting me and helping me to accomplish things that I never could have otherwise. In the same way, my faith that Joseph Smith was a prophet increased. I loved teaching about his story on my mission, because every time I did it I felt an overwhelming feeling of peace and surety that he really was called of God to restore Christ's church on the earth. I'm very grateful for the little things in life that helped me gain a testimony. I know without a doubt that this is Christ's church, and I wouldn't trade my part in it for anything in the world. It is truly the source of all that is good in my life!

How I live my faith

Right now, I am a member of my student ward. I am a representative for a free weekly religion class called institute, which means that I help members of my ward know of and be excited to come to class. I am also a visiting teacher, which means that I visit and serve several of the women in the ward with one of my roommates. I enjoy it, because it helps me get to know some of the people in my ward and it gives me an opportunity to serve. About a year ago, I returned from an 18-month mission. I was called to go to the Adriatic North Mission, and I served in Slovenia. My mission deepened my faith more than anything I've ever done, and is still influencing how I live. I teach at the missionary training center and help other missionaries prepare to serve, and I try to do missionary work by inviting those around me to learn about and come unto Christ. I also seek daily to better understand the gospel of Jesus Christ and become a better person through prayer, study of the scriptures, and serving those around me.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Mormon missionaries proselyte because they want to follow the Savior's call to spread the gospel to all nations. Those who have come to the knowledge of the truth desire to share it with others, even if it means postponing important things in their own lives in order to serve a mission. Show more Show less