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Hi I'm Erin Eckstrom

I was born in California to a very large, blended family. I am #7 out of 9 and Auntie to 17.

About Me

I am serving as a Missionary in the Ohio Cincinnati Mission. I have a big family and tons of nieces and nephews. Our family is blended so all of my siblings are half and step and half my family isn't related to me at all, it is truly a family of my own choosing. I love music, dancing, reading, singing, spending time with my family, and watching TV. After my mission I plan on attending Brigham Young University Idaho and becoming a High School Math and Chemistry Teacher.

Why I am a Mormon

So my story begins with my Dad. At age 18 he became converted to the Gospel and at age 19 served a mission in what was then in the 1970's the Northern Mexico Mission. So, through him I was raised as a Mormon. My own conversion began much younger and much more gradual. I can't pinpoint the exact moment that I knew the Church was true, it was a culmination of events. I don't think that I ever doubted that it was true but there were defiantly things that strengthened my testimony in my Savior and his Gospel. One of the first ones was my baptism, I remember feeling like I had been struck by lightning, this feeling came through me that was so powerful that I still remember it over 10 years later. Another was when I was baptized and confirmed in the temple for those who had died. Once was with my Dad laying his hands upon my head and performing the work for someone who could not do it for themselves and another was when I did it on behalf of my own ancestors and to be personal Saviors for them. The Spirit testified to me on both occasions that was I was doing what the Lord wanted me to do and that the priesthood power given to men is real. The most pivotal experience was when my Dad passed away in 2014. He went to the emergency room after being sick for almost a month. He was diagnosed with stage 4 thyroid cancer and was given 6 months to live. He died 2 weeks later. I was 18. I don't know how I could have gotten through those first few months without the Gospel and with out my Savior. It provided me with the hope and the faith that I would see him again, that this was not the end. It also gave me the opportunity to lose my self in the service of others and to be supported by those who love me and maybe had gone through what I had gone through. Because of my faith, I can still be happy, I still love my life and can find joy in everything that I do because I know that it is not the end only the start of something new. I decided then that i would do everything in

How I live my faith

I am currently a full-time missionary, so I'm not originally from Ohio. I have taught 7 and 8 yr olds on Sundays and I have also held other leadership and organization positions in the Church. On my Mission I live and breathe the Gospel and I devote the entirety of 18 months serving my Brothers and Sisters.