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Hi I'm Erin

I'm a missionary. I'm a nature-nut. I'm a traveler. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm pretty introverted (even though I can be outgoing) but I grew up very shy. I joined the wrestling team in high school and fell in love with it, even pursuing the sport in college for two years. The college I attended during that time was a Baptist one, and I came to really appreciate their faith. I finished my schooling at BYU-Idaho (I love the nature there!). I also really enjoy painting, reading, writing, and Latin dancing. Two semesters ago, I spent 3 months in Romania, working in an orphanage, and I really came to appreciate the Romanian culture. I come from a part member family, since two of my three siblings left the church. My mom is Australian and my dad is half Argentine, and I love both cultures!

Why I am a Mormon

Initially, I was a Mormon because I was raised as a member. My dad was a convert and my mom came from a part-member family. When I was young, I wished badly that I could've been a convert like my dad so I could know for sure that my faith was authentic. A testimony was hard for me to come by because I never got a huge confirmation from the spirit when I prayed to know the truth of things, like my dad had received as a convert. As I've gone through life, I realized that everyone experiences the Holy Ghost differently and have come to recognize it's influence in my own life. I gained a testimony of the Savior during my time at the Baptist university I attended as I questioned my own belief. I gained a testimony of the Savior's grace during a night of tearful repentance, when my sadness was suddenly replaced by intense joy, completely out of the blue. I gained a testimony of the truth that the Mormon church is the restored (and divinely inspired) version of Christ's church that he set up during his ministry in Jerusalem. The Holy Ghost testified of those things to me in unique but undeniable ways. I really believe that the priesthood power contained in this church is the real deal. I've been given many blessings by men with the priesthood throughout my life and they are so personal, I seriously feel like it's coming from the mouth of my Father in Heaven. I've been given blessings by guys that barely knew me, yet still mentioned thoughts or feelings unique to me that they couldn't have known on their own. That power to bless and heal didn't come from those men; it came from God. Lastly, through living the commandments and following counsel from our church leadership, I've seen my life blessed in so many ways and been protected from so many trials. Soooo that's why I choose to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I just returned home from school and am leaving to be a missionary in a few weeks (Twin Falls, Idaho! Woohoo!), so I'll be living my faith by serving a mission pretty soon, but there are so many ways to live your faith. Living your faith is more than just being a Sunday school teacher at church. It's a way of life, and an outlook on life. It's a continual striving and yearning to learn the truth and to let it become a part of who you are. When you believe in Christ and understand His plan and love for us, it'll be reflected in your outward life and your relationships. For me, my faith helps me to accept the bumps and struggles of life, and to let go of fear that so easily creeps into our hearts. When Christ calmed the stormy sea, he asked his disciples why they were afraid? Where was their faith? He poses us the same question.