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Hi I'm Erin

I'm a reader, I'm a budding psychologist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of 5 children and grew up in the west-side of the Phoenix-Metro area. I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in psychology. During that time, I was the Latter-Day Saint Student Association president. I was able to participate in organizing blood drives, developing an inter-faith council for the campus, and participating in Homecoming parades and events. For my senior capstone course, I was an intern in the campus' Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic where children and their families can receive diagnoses and therapy for maladaptive behaviors. I was also able to help with some graduate research using the lab's data collection and analysis software. After graduating I was hired to be a habilitation therapist and respite care worker for a young boy with moderately severe autism. Because of these experiences I am considering a master's degree in applied behavior analysis and continued work in the autism community. I am also interested in pursuing a master's in counseling. But first I will be serving a mission in the Dominican Republic. I love reading, traveling, and learning while doing both. My one crafting joy is scrapbooking.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, and as a child I held firm to the gospel as I was taught, because it made so much sense to me. I think I knew from an early age that I am literally a daughter of God. This does not mean that as I've grown up, I have never felt doubt or had questions about the Church, Christianity in general, or the existence of God. However, I used the principles I had been taught--that had always felt right--and applied them so that I can know if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. I had to make the effort to study, pray, and test the gospel by living it. I have felt the Holy Spirit testify to me that the scriptures I have read and the modern prophets and apostles I have listened to speak the truth. Sincere scripture study and prayer are indispensable in gaining a testimony. It is how I know the fullness of the gospel in contained in this church. There is a noticeable, undeniable difference in my life when I live the teachings of Jesus and his servants the prophets, and keep my baptismal and temple covenants compared to when I am straying or living a lazy, disengaged version of the gospel. Most importantly, I know that my Heavenly Father knows and loves me. I have felt His awareness of me and my life too many times to deny. He communicates to me through the Holy Spirit, and I am so grateful for that loving guidance. I know that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real. I am amazed and humbled when I think of the mercy that has been extended to me through my Savior's Atonement.

How I live my faith

The biggest way in which I am living my faith is choosing to serve a mission. Serving a mission was not something I had seriously considered as my next step after college, but I came to know that it is part of Heavenly Father's plan for me. I exercise my faith everyday as I prepare to serve, trusting that the Lord will qualify and bless me in this assignment. Serving others in any capacity--whether through church or not--is how I show the Lord my willingness to follow Him. I have had several callings in teaching or leadership that have pulled me out of my comfort zone, but I know that the Lord extends these opportunities to help us grow and bless others. I think a significant part of living my faith is making conscious decisions every day to avoid media that chases away the Spirit, which I readily admit can be really hard. However, I know that I am strengthened by the Lord as I am obedient. When I make mistakes, I live my faith by relying on the Atonement to cleanse me and empower me to live better.