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Hi I'm Erin

I love writing, & making up imaginary places in my head. I'm a daughter, a sister & a friend. I'm a Mormon- and glad to be one.

About Me

I never know what to write in these things! Basically, I'm nineteen years old, currently attending part time community college in my beautiful English city, studying English Literature & Creative Writing. After my exams I hope to do volunteer work for a year. I love beauty in all its forms: people smiling at something cute they've read on their phones, summer sunsets, the way couples look at each other on their wedding day, old castle ruins, there is so much beauty to be found if you open your mind to it. (Wasn't expecting this to be this cheesy, pffft.) I'm sometimes overly sensitive and neurotic, I get anxious really easily, but the church has actually helped me through that. As I write this I haven't been a member of the church for very long, but through the Holy Ghost and the warm welcoming I received from my ward & stake family I feel like I've been a member my whole life.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because this is the only gospel that provided me with the puzzle pieces I've been looking for since I was thirteen years old and first began opening my heart to God. I remember being thirteen years old and being baptized in a different church, and I was bouncing on my trampoline that night after my friends and family had left after the little party we had, and I decided then that I wanted to give my life to Him and be a true Christian. But as I got older, and started studying the scriptures more frequently, I felt like it wasn't quite 'clicking' with me, and that broke my heart, because I wanted so badly to be filled with the Spirit and I didn't feel like I was. I would attend churches where my friends would speak in tongues and I didn't get it and couldn't do it. I didn't feel like I truly know my Father. Until I found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. For the first time in my life I do feel like I have a strong and firm testimony, and that all the questions I had growing up about everything from theological stuff to moral stuff, have been answered. And the more I read the Book of Mormon, the Bible and listen to church leaders, the stronger than testimony grows. I know that we were born to Heavenly Parents who love us and want us to be with Them again some day. I know that our loving Father is a kind, righteous, patient & forgiving one. I know that Jesus Christ is God's son and the saviour & redeemer of the world. And I know that when Joseph Smith knelt down in that grove one sunny morning, he learned Heavenly Father's truth, and knew he had to share it with the world. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

What a great question! There's so much I could say about this. But I guess how I live my faith is actually pretty simple. I pray to Heavenly Father mornings, nights and any other time I feel a prompting to (one time recently I was having an anxiety attack in college, but when I stepped out & prayed for a couple minutes, I felt so much better.) I attend church every Sunday to renew my covenants with God, partake of the sacrament, and then attend classes to learn more about God: A young adult class for 18-30 year old's, and a class for all women age 18+. I attend the churches young adult class weekly, and any fun activities we organize to help us make friendships & strengthen each other. I try to be kind and gentle to everyone I meet, and at the end of every day I ask myself what I could have done that day to be a more Christ-like person. I try my best to follow the commandments, and to follow God's plan for us, because it truly is a plan, and a gospel, of eternal happiness. Not only does He want us to be able to achieve eternal happiness with Him in the afterlife, but He wants us to be as happy as we can here on earth, too, and if we try our best to follow His commandments and do what is right, I truly believe we can find happiness on earth.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Erin
One of the many things I love about the church is the Word of Wisdom: a guild line regarding our health and how we can take care of our bodies. When I was younger, I used to look to alcohol as a way of being more confident and have more fun, but I now know that it's possible to have fun and be confident while drinking juice all night (non-alcoholic cocktails are really tasty too!) Alcohol, drugs, caffeine & other addictive substances can cause us not only great damage to our health, but to our spirit. The blessings I've found from following the Word of Wisdom are amazing. I no longer need to have a drink to get up and dance and have a good time at a party, and I wish more young people felt like that. The coffee & tea thing really puts some people off joining the church, but the Gospel is worth changing your morning coffee routine around slightly, I promise you. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Erin
I love a quote from a church leader Elder Dallin Oakes which says the following: "Whatever our position on the political spectrum, we are first & foremost brothers & sisters in the Gospel of Jesus Christ." To me that says it all. While most people think all Mormons are conservatives, I've met so many who endorse more liberal political parties, myself included. And that's okay! We all have opinions on these issues, and one thing I love about this church is how we are able to have 'good disagreements' and let others have their own opinions. Before I converted, I was worried I'd be shunned for my political ideologies, but I realize now how silly that was. Politics are of the world and can cause separation, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ is for every single one of Heavenly Father's children regardless of their political standing. Show more Show less