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Hi I'm Erin

I'm a happy wife and mom, and a language enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for four years to a great husband who is in law school. We have two young children, a boy and a girl. I stay at Home with them and absolutely love it! I also love to study languages and I speak French and Spanish. I love to learn about other cultures and religions, and communicate with people from all over the world. I enjoy seeing ways that we are all similar, even if our environment or circumstances are different. I have a master's degree in Language Acquisition and am passionate about language learning and teaching. I also enjoy sewing, cooking, canoeing, dancing, being in nature, and traveling.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Catholic in a good Family. When I was a child I heard words such as "prophet," "apostle,' and "disciple," and I was confused about their meanings. I asked my grandmother to explain them to me. I wondered why, if we were all God's children, we didn't have prophets and apostles on earth anymore. I felt like those things were only in the Bible and didn't exist anymore, but it didn't make sense that those things would be gone if we were also God's children and He loved us as much as He loved the people in biblical times. I decided at a young age that it just must be no really knew the answer. When I was 14 years old, my aunt, who was a member of the LDS Mormon Church told me that there was a prophet on earth! She told me the story of Joseph Smith being called as a prophet in our day and that there was still a prophet on earth. I instantly knew that it was true, and I felt very relieved to know that we did have a prophet! This was because as a child when I had those questions, I had felt that if God loved us all, the way I knew He did, then there should be a prophet just like there was in the Bible. From that point on I continued to ask questions about the Restored Gospel found in the LDS Mormon Church. At that time I began to pray to Heavenly Father for the first time in my life I felt a close relationship with Him and felt His love for me. I had a deep desire to join the Church, however I had to wait until I was 18. I attended Church with my aunt a few weeks each summer and did activities with the youth in her ward congregation. I felt the Spirit Holy Ghost so strongly while I participated in the Church and it filled my soul. I felt so close to Heavenly Father and felt His love abundantly in my life. I knew that the LDS Mormon Church was the true Church and that He wanted me to be a part of it - and I did not want to live my life without it. I am so grateful for my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that Jesus is our Savior. I have called upon His help, through His Atonement, many times when I am in need of forgiveness, relief from sickness or pain, and peace. I know that Heavenly Father loves each of us dearly, and that the Atonement of Christ and principles of the gospel can help us in all of our difficulties and challenges in life. I know that the complete fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored and that each of us can have it in our lives. I am so grateful to be a member of the Church and to know of and feel Heavenly Father's love and guidance in my life every day.  

How I live my faith

I think one of the greatest programs in the Church is centered around serving each other. It's called "Home Teaching" and "Visiting Teaching." Male members of the Church can be assigned to visit specific families, HT and women in the Church can be assigned to visit other women VT on a monthly basis. We do this so that everyone is watched over and cared for, both for spiritual and physical needs. We share an uplifting, spiritual message and also make sure those we visit are okay during emergencies, such as dangerous snowstorms we had last year, and that they have food to eat, are healthy, happy, etc. Each family or individual in the Church has Home and Visiting Teachers. While this is done through assignment, I have always become very good friends with those that visit my family and I, and those I've visited. I've also found that the people I visit and become friends with are people who are very different from me and that I might not have had the opportunity to get to know otherwise. I truly feel that this is one big way that Heavenly Father blesses His children and takes care of us individually. Currently in my ward I help coordinate the Visiting Teaching efforts of the women, and I see how much the women are serving one another. It's never heralded, if I weren't helping coordinate it I wouldn't even know about it. But the women just see the needs of those they visit and silently serve them in big and small ways. I have been so blessed by my visiting teachers who have served me and just ask me how I'm doing! Through this program, no one has to slip through the cracks or go unnoticed. No one has to carry their burdens alone. We are there to help each other in times of need, be a friend, and to help each other come unto Christ. Who wouldn't benefit from someone else taking a sincere interest in them, praying for them, and loving them? It's a wonderful thing!