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Hi I'm Erin.

I'm married. I love having fun with friends and family. I'm struggling with infertility. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from BYU with a degree in Art History. I got married 4 years ago in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple. My husband is studying to be a pharmacist, and I work full time. I love to read, go running, spend time in the mountains, hang out with family and friends, and blog. Our lives are busy, but happy. We have been trying for 2 years to start a family, and are learning more about the world of infertility as we go. It's hard to be patient sometimes, but we know that the Lord is mindful of us and will bless us with children eventually.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church, as did my parents, and their parents. I have pioneer ancestors, who joined the Church in England or Denmark, then immigrated to Utah. Being Mormon wasn't really something I thought about as a child. It's just who we were. We went to church every Sunday, we prayed and read scriptures, and we had Family Night every Monday. As I got older , I started to really think about it, and wondered if I truly believed that the Church was true, or if it was something I believed because my parents did. When I was 16, I tried to really find out for myself. I read the Book of Mormon, and asked Heavenly Father if it was true. I also prayed to know if the Church was true. I was expecting something amazing to happen, to hear a voice confirm it to me, but I didn't hear anything. I felt disappointed, and started to get ready for bed. Then a thought came into my mind that I know was from the Holy Ghost: "You already know it's true." And I did. I had felt for a long time that I knew the Gospel was true, but I had never prayed about it. That experience was very special to me, and whenever I have doubts or questions about things, I remember the peace and love I felt at that time. I now can say with a surety that I am a Mormon not because all my friends are, or because that's the way my parents raised me. I know that those people would still love me even if I were not. I am a Mormon because I believe this is the true church of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I feel so much joy in my knowledge of His gospel and His plan for me. I mentioned above that we're struggling with infertility, and honestly, it does test my faith. I wonder sometimes why God has not blessed us with children. But every time I feel sad or discouraged, if I pray, I always feel comforted. I know that Heavenly Father is mindful of me, and loves me, and will answer our prayers for a family someday. He loves all his children and knows them personally. I feel His love so strongly.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being a good, honest, loving person. I know I don't always succeed, but I try! I pray and read the scriptures daily, and go to church every Sunday. My calling in our ward, the way I have been asked to serve our congregation, is to teach. I teach a lesson to the women of our congregation once a month. Preparing these lessons builds my testimony and strengthens me each time I do it. I am so thankful for the opportunity I have to teach. It has made me closer to the women in my ward, and closer to my Heavenly Father as well. I don't always have a solid testimony of the topic I am teaching when I begin to prepare my lesson, but by the time I teach it, I always have such a strong conviction that what I am saying is true. My faith has been strengthened through teaching.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Erin.
I have grown up close to the mountains, and I love spending time outdoors. This beautiful earth we live on tells me that there is a God! I've thought many times that He could have created a planet that was purely functional. But he didn't, it has so much variety and beauty. Recently I was walking home from work and saw the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen. It actually brought tears to my eyes, and I said a silent prayer and thanked Heavenly Father for this beautiful earth, and felt the Spirit confirm to me that God really did create this earth, and that he did it for our enjoyment. I also know that there is a God because I have felt His love when I pray. The more I pray, the closer I feel to Him, and the more I know that he hears me, knows me, and loves me. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Erin.
To be honest, I've never been anything else, so I'm not really sure! But I can tell you that I am a very happy person, nearly always, and I believe it's because I have a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe that He died for my sins, and if I pray and ask for forgiveness, I will receive it. I also believe that I will be able to live with my family forever after this life. I believe that God loves everyone, no matter what they've done, or how they are living their life, and that we are all brothers and sisters. How can you not be happy about those things? Being a Mormon is also busy. We go to Church every Sunday, and often have things to do during the week as well. It's wonderful, because we get to feel like we are serving and helping out our congregation. Having a ward, what we call our local congregation, is so great because you can get to know lots of people and make friends. Being a Mormon is very social. There are lots of activities to attend, and lots of people to work with. Every month I get together with a woman in my ward, and we go visit two other women in the ward. This is called visiting teaching, and every woman in the church is asked to do it. It's a way for everyone to feel loved and like they have a friend. It is a great program, and I have made lifelong friends because of it. In short, being a Mormon makes me happy, fills my time productively, and has brought me the most wonderful friends I could ever ask for! Show more Show less