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Hi I'm Erin

I live on an island in Washington. I spent a semester abroad in Spain, and someday hope to travel the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Before leaving to serve a full-time mission, I was attending Brigham Young University. I spent last summer at home working three jobs to earn money for my mission. I am enthusiastic about EVERYTHING and love singing, playing piano, running, kayaking, and basically playing any sport with my friends. I am very close with my older brother (who is on his mission in Brazil) and two younger sisters. We love to make jokes, watch (and later quote) movies, and play games as a family. I enjoy spending time outside - including gardening with my dad! I spent a semester in Spain and am working on becoming fluent in Spanish, and am blessed to have been called as a Spanish-speaking missionary. I would go back to Spain in a heartbeat and have caught the travel bug! I now want to travel all over the world. I especially want to go to Peru and sub-Saharan Africa for the rich culture and history. I am a bit of a nerd because I love learning, but I especially like language and history. Another one of my goals is to work as a princess at Disneyland someday!

Why I am a Mormon

A lot of people that know me assume I'm a Mormon because my parents are and I was raised one. Wrong! That may be how I came to be familiar with the Church, but that is not why I continue to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me beyond my comprehension, and that He has a plan for me! I learn to follow the example of Jesus Christ, and it brings me so much happiness that I just want to tell the whole world so they can receive the blessings that come from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! The Church also brings peace into my life; the sweet assurance that when things go wrong, it's a learning experience and that everything will be okay in the end. I feel this peace through the Holy Ghost, who testifies to me that this is truth. I know that this is Christ's church. He lives! He loves us! He wants us to be happy, and he has given us the tools to make it back to live with God someday. The Book of Mormon testifies of Christ, and is the word of God. Joseph Smith was called as a prophet of God to restore Christ's church, and it is lead by a living prophet, just like in days of old. Just like Alma from the Book of Mormon, I have learned these things for myself through prayer. If you ask God, He will answer. For me, being a Mormon is so much more than going to church on Sundays. It's the knowledge that I am a child of God that makes me want to be a better every single day and has made me into the person I am today.

How I live my faith

I live my faith as best I can each and every day. While preparing for my mission, I read the scriptures daily, prayed, and studied other Church material. I participated in family activities as well, including our family nights on Mondays, family prayer and scripture study, and of course, family trips and vacations. I also had the wonderful opportunity to teach the Sunday School class for the 13 and 14 year old youth in my ward! We shared our experiences and use the time to learn gospel principles and bonded with each other. My other calling was to serve as a ward missionary, which meant I get to go out with the sister missionaries in my ward on a regular basis to invite others to come unto Christ in my area. I try to be an example of the believers at all times. I don't hesitate to talk with others about my faith, and get very excited when my friends and coworkers ask questions that open up discussions. I try to be optimistic and uplift others who go through challenging times. I always have a listening ear for those around me to rely on, and try to help them find what God has in store for them. Now as a missionary, I will have the opportunity to show my faith to hundreds of people every day.