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Hi I'm Erin

I'm a Japanese-American born and raised in Southern California. Laughing is my favorite pastime. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an undergraduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) studying biology. The plan, as of right now, is nursing but I have a lot more exploring to do. I am number two of four kids - an older brother, a younger sister, and a younger brother - who are the world to me. I consider myself both a health nut and a MAJOR foodie (aka I eat cleanly and enjoy working out but can't live without ice cream). I love sports - mostly playing them. In high school I was on the tennis, basketball, and softball teams, and I definitely consider them the highlights of high school. I love listening to music, dancing for fun, ugly face contests, and hiking.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been "Mormon", but I haven't always been entirely convinced. It took me almost 20 years to know for myself. When I went off to college, I had the choice of staying active in the church, or not. I ended up going semi-active during my first year of UCLA and kind of fell away from what I now hold closest to my heart. It wasn't until I faced some serious health issues leading up to my second year that I went to Christ for support and comfort, and was able to gain a testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel. I am a Mormon because I have a testimony of the potential that God sees in all of us - that He sees the kind of people we are capable of becoming. I know that God doesn't throw anything at us that He knows we can't handle. I am grateful for the trials that He has given me that have pushed me to progress to this point in my life and although they were difficult, they've been what make me and my testimony strong. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if He didn’t believe I could make it here. I am a Mormon because of the perspective that it brings to my life. Knowing that I'm part of something bigger and better allows me to step back and look at what really matters. This perspective has helped me in school with stress, through personal trials, and with my whole outlook on life. When things are rough, I can still smile because of this knowledge.

How I live my faith

I truly believe that actions speak louder than words. So while I might not obviously say "I'm Mormon and I believe in Jesus Christ", I hope that the things I do and the way I treat others reflects Christ's love for them. I'm just going to say that I have never ever considered even the possibility of going on a mission because always thought it's long and I have better things to do with my life. However, now that I know in my heart that this is truth, I have decided to go on a mission and will be serving the people of Denver, Colorado for the next 18 months (*starts dancing).