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Hi I'm Erika Charlene

About Me

I'm a 20-something stay at home Mum of three kids in New Zealand. I have a Bachelor of Arts in English and History, and hope to some day use it as a teacher. I'm currently in the process of trying to rediscover my interests and passions after setting them on the back burner a few years.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both converted to the Latter Day Saint Faith when they were adults. As a result, I have never had a day where I didn't have the gospel in my life. I have had a knowledge of our Heavenly Father's plan since birth, but as a teenager I asked life's fundamental questions for myself. And the answers I got were directly from my Heavenly Father. I felt peace, I felt comfort, I felt joy, and I felt affirmation that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Lord's church on the earth today.

How I live my faith

I am a Mormon at home, at the supermarket, at the playground and at church. I try to live my beliefs in every aspect of my life. I volunteer at our local preschool play centre, and I teach a weekly Sunday School class for the young adults in our ward.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Erika Charlene
The same thing that Christ himself taught and demonstrated; that it is a necessary step in the path that us back to our Heavenly Father. We believe in baptism by immersion by those who are accountable. In other words, young children and those with intellectual disabilities are not accountable and do not require baptism, they are saved by the virtue of the Saviour's atonement alone. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Erika Charlene
As a Mormon woman, I would say I'm pretty normal! I like a good book, movie or nice pair of shoes just as much as the next girl! I cherish my ability to bring children to this world and nurture them in the home. I strive for excellence in education and career. I do not think I am better than my husband, and he does not think he is better than me - we see men and women as equal partners, children of our Heavenly Father who loves us all indiscriminate of gender. In recognising our equality, we also recognise the different roles and purposes we have. Show more Show less