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Erin: French, violin music, travel, languages, books, cooking, Mormon.

Hi I'm Erin

About Me

I love new beginnings, and I believe that every day can be a new beginning. I suppose that makes me an optimist. Something as simple as a nap can help me begin again. My formal education was in French literature, but my profession is teaching and playing violin. Music is part of who I am and who I want to be; it calms me, it lifts me, it motivates me, it helps me feed my family, and it also opens my heart and my mind to God's whisperings. I love to read; my favorite topics are running, cooking, intentional living. I also like mysteries and historical fiction. I love to travel with my husband. We have visited France, Mexico, Austria, Canada, New Zealand, and Spain; we hope to spend some time in Poland, and Tahiti in the future. I also enjoy languages. Besides speaking French, I can get by in Spanish. I've also dabbled in German and Russian at one time or another, although my function is those languages is limited to a few phrases right now. I love food. I like running, all things related to household management, and I love receiving real mail. I am mom to two boys and two girls. Being a mom is both the most demanding and the most rewarding aspect of my life, along with being a wife. I love my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the church and saw as a child how committed my parents were to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My own testimony grew a little bit at a time. One summer, I was away from home at a music camp. It was a time of transition for me, as I had graduated from high school and was heading to BYU in the fall. I had a hard time seeing the good in myself and was often harsh in my personal assessments. During my free time in the afternoons, I would go find a quiet spot, either in the woods or by the lake, to read the Book of Mormon and write in my journal. I remember the day that I read 2 Nephi 4, in which Nephi exclaims, "O wretched man that I am! Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities. I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me. And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins; nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted. My God hath been my support..." I was amazed that a prophet like Nephi could feel that way about himself. It was comforting to me. I also felt a real connection with my Heavenly Father, that He was aware of my struggles and that He loved me. That is only one of many experiences where I have felt truly connected to heaven.

How I live my faith

My responsibility in the church is to support and train the women who run the children's Sunday School, called Primary. I am also the Cub scout committee chair. Jesus taught His disciples, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” (Luke 9:24) Because I am primarily a mother at this season of life, none of my responsibilities is terribly glamorous.The Gospel helps me to see a greater vision of those things. As I speak kindly to my children, as I teach them to love others and to follow Jesus, as I serve them, I am giving my life to them, serving God, and pressing forward to Jesus. I press forward by studying the scriptures, pondering them, and praying in such a way that I pour out my heart to God. I press forward by taking care of myself and my family: doing the dishes, weeding the garden, buying groceries, reading with my children, supervising their homework, doing the laundry, planning and preparing healthy meals, praying as a family, tucking in my children at night. I press forward by attending my worship meetings, serving in the temple, fulfilling my music responsibilities for the church, feeding missionaries, paying my tithing and a generous fast offering. I press forward by improving my own self-sufficiency and by making myself available to serve my family members, friends, neighbors, and my community. I live my faith and press forward to Jesus by doing the work that needs to be done.