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Hi I'm Erin

I'm a wife, a mother, I like to play volleyball and boardgames, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in a small town in rural Idaho. I'm six out of seven children, five of which are boys. Growing up, I spent a lot of time playing sports, and volleyball was my favorite. I was never the top athlete, but I sure enjoyed setting personal goals and achieving them, so sports were a good outlet for me. Just weeks after graduating from high school, I headed off to college where I received my B.S. in Health Sciences: Public Health Promotion. Just a year after leaving home, I married my husband Brian, and we now have 2 children; Calvin (2) and Rebecca (0). We live in Orange County where my husband is pursuing his PhD in Sociology, and I stay home with the kids, hopefully teaching them what they need to learn! I enjoy playing volleyball and board games, running, swimming, hiking, reading, going on walks, and spending time outside. My favorite sports team to watch is the BYU men's volleyball team, and occasionally I cook good meals. I spent some time working at the county health department, helping people quit smoking, a habit that contrary to many beliefs is VERY hard to quit!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a member of the Mormon church, but deciding to "be" a Mormon was not an easy process. I remember when I really decided to dedicate my life to the teachings of the Savior, and the process leading up to it. From 5th to 7th grade, I was not doing what I had been taught to do my whole life, and that was to be kind, to be clean, and to do what made me feel happy. I had a distinct impression in my mind, that if I wanted to be happy, I needed to change my peer group, but as we know, that age is a hard time to change friends without feelings of loneliness. My 8th grade year was painful. I felt so lonely and embarrassed because of the lack of connection I felt with my peers, I spent much of my time alone. It was when I started the seminary program (a class once a day where youth are taught the scriptures and how to apply its teachings in their lives) in 9th grade, that I knew what I wanted. It was there that I found other peers who wanted the same things as me, and that helped me to have the courage to be a mormon, when I had been teased about it for so many years. That program is what started the chain of events that changed my life. I am a Mormon because of the hope this gospel lends. Jesus Christ suffered the sins, pains, sorrows and afflictions for each person who has lived, is living and will live on this earth. It is through his atonement that I can be made clean and prepare myself to live with my Father in Heaven once more, and become as He is. Through God's great plan I can live with my husband and children after I die. The teachings of the Mormon church bring great joy and happiness to my life. Although I was born and raised in the Mormon Church, I had to make the choice to continue to follow His Gospel, and though it was hard at that time, I am grateful for it.

How I live my faith

At this time, I live my faith by being a mother and teaching my children who they are, where they came from, and who they can become. Right now, I do this by singing songs, telling them that they are loved, and by saying prayers with them. Currently, we are working on teaching my 2 year old that he lived in heaven, that everything around him (birds, the sky, his body, his little sister, etc.) comes from Heavenly Father. I live my faith by saying prayers throughout the day. This gives the strength I need to make it through each day (especially since I am adjusting to life with a new baby). I try to be charitable and kind to all that I meet. My goal that I've been working on lately is to say hello to people when I see them at the store, on walks, etc. Eventually, I'd like to be able to converse with strangers and help them to feel comfortable around me. I feel that is a way I can live my faith, as I've been taught to always be kind. At church, I volunteer at the church library, where the teachers can come to get materials to help them as they teach lessons on Sundays. I feel this is a very important job, as I am helping others to uplift and encourage members and visitors in the congregation.