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Hi I'm Erna

I'm a Mother of 8, I'm a Grandmother of 3, I'm a wife, I'm a pediatrician, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of 8 children, ranging from 31 yrs to 12 yrs, 5 girls and three boys and grandmother of three, two girls and one boy. As a pediatrician, I work full time, both in the office and taking call in the hospital, caring for newborns in the labor and delivery area and in the NICU. I enjoy cooking, gardening, fishing, traveling,and reading. In addition, I currently serve as a Sunday school teacher of 12 year olds and medical advisor to missionaries. My daughter is serving a mission in Malaysia.

Why I am a Mormon

I have witnessed many miracles in my life and in the lives of many whom I have been blessed to be apart of. My son nearly died when he was born and through the power of prayer, the priesthood authority held by his father and a worthy Bishop, his life was preserved so he could serve a two year mission in Baltimore. Having returned home in Sept 2011, I can see how strong his testimony and desire to serve and bless others, that he still wants to bring many to the fullness of the gospel which only the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints can provide. He is now serving as a missionary in the local church group for young adults. I have felt the great joy in doing geneology work and then completing the temple work for those ancestors and many others who have died. With temple ordinances, such as the sealing of families together forever, I have the sure knowledge that my second daughter, who died of crib death at three months, will be reunited with our family for all time and eternity. Families are so vital to our life here, why not forever?! I am grateful that I can pray every day and receive personal revelation. Living prophets and righteous leaders, local and at the head of the Church, receive revelations and guide us to be prepared and safe in these very challenging times. The extended family, that are the sisters and brothers in the Church, provide me with a network of love and support which is available wherever the Church is found around the world. Each day, I am touched by the love and tender mercies of the Savior and my Heavenly Father, as I recognize how much They provide for me and all those around me. They are ever ready to answer our prayers.

How I live my faith

I serve as a Sunday school teacher for 12 year old boys and girls along with my husband. We are currently studying the lives of our modern day prophets who have lead our church through these past 160 yrs and continue to provide inspiration and guidance for these last days. . Serving an 18 month local service mission, I am called when the missionaries have a health concern. A major part of our belief is service. I have done volunteer work to teach medical personnel in Colombia how to save babies when they have problems at birth, neonatal resuscitation.They, in turn, learned how to teach others. Two years ago, I went to the Dominican Republic as part of the Orphanage Outreach, which organized free medical clinics for children. Eventually, I plan to take children from challenging neighborhoods here in the states to serve on medical missions; so they can see how they are richly blessed in this country and can have an opportunity to help others less fortunate than they. As part of a sisterhood, I have provided many meals for those who were sick or in need. Sharing with friends and neighbors the need to be prepared in an emergency, I have participated in fairs where we share information on how to store water, first aid supplies and food. When I serve others, I am richly blessed in return.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Knowing that we existed in the preexistence, I treat my children as good friends whom I knew before. Rejoicing that we chose to share this mortal experience together, I have faith that we have the greatest desire to help one another return to our heavenly home and certainly to be a family forever. The greatest joy and happiness comes from our loving relationship as a family. Show more Show less