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Hi I'm Erika

I grew up in Kentucky. I am a fan of puns, music and sports. I want to be a scientist so I can help other people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was originally born in Japan, but I grew up in a small town in Kentucky. Some people find it interesting that an Asian can have a southern accent. My mother is Japanese and my father is American. They both speak Japanese so I grew up in a bilingual household. I am currently a biochemistry student at BYU in Provo, Utah. It was challenging to live so far away from home, but I'm glad I am here. I decided to study biochemistry because I enjoy Biology and Chemistry. I hope to conduct my own research and teach at a college or university. Maybe someday I'll do something that will help other people. Since I was six years old, I have had a passion for music. I started piano lessons in the first grade and kept going until I graduated high school. Over the years, I learned to play the guitar and ukulele. My next instrument to learn is the banjo. I have to stay in touch with my Bluegrass roots. In high school, I competed in the Distinguished Young Woman program where I played the piano. I won my local program and competed in state. I also play the piano for church at home and also in my ward here. I was a piano and guitar teacher for Japanese people. Not only did it give them a passion but it helped them learn English. I also played music for residents at the nursing home and Christmas festivals for my town. Since I moved to BYU, I discovered my passion for dance. I am in a swing dancing club and I am taking dance classes. I hope to develop this interest into a talent over time.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I did as Moroni says in the Book of Mormon "Ask God the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things were not true... he will manifest the truth of it unto you." The first time I prayed if the church was true, I was about 10 years old. I can never forget how I felt warmth and peace, confirming that what I knew was true. Every time I ask God if the church is true, I get the same feeling I did many years ago. My faith grew stronger when I relied on Heavenly Father to help me when I felt weak. When school starts, I am overwhelmed with all of the things I have to do. There were times where I prayed to help me have the strength do get everything done, and somehow it all works out. I have prayed for comfort, confidence, and direction. And every time I do, I can see the hand of God in my life to help me. I know that when I am alone, I can do very little. However, when God helps me, I can somehow accomplish my goals. I am a Mormon because I love how this church teaches about the Atonement. We tend to forget what happened in the Garden of Gethsemane and we focus about what happened on the cross. I know that Christ suffered the pains, sicknesses and infirmities of the world for each individual. Just the thought of that is inconceivable. He did suffer the sins of the world, but he also felt all of the pain that humans feel. Sickness, depression, disappointment, loss, heartbreak, anxiety and everything else. I know that when I feel physical or emotional pain, Christ has felt it too and he is there to help me. I have felt his comfort in my life when I need it most. I sometimes wonder why he would ever go through so much pain and suffering for someone ordinary like me. I know its because he loves each and every one of us personally. It is unfathomable how much love someone could have for us and I am forever grateful for it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith mostly through my involvement in the community and church. Because I lived in a small town, I had lots of opportunity to do service. I helped with fundraisers, community events, and school programs. Most of these events would need musicians so I would get everyone in my branch to prepare a music program. In church, I was the pianist for my branch when I was a freshman in high school. I played for sacrament meetings, funerals, and anything else in the branch and stake. I am also part of the music council for my ward here. Last semester, I was a Sunday School teacher for my ward. It was not music so it was new, but I had a blast doing it. In high school, I was involved in early morning seminary. Every school day, I would go to church at 6:30 am to learn more about gospel doctrine. I was the class president, secretary and pianist during those four years.