Monday, February 6, 2017

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Brothers and Sisters,

I wanted to let you know that I will no longer be posting ideas to this blog.  I have come to the difficult decision that I do not believe in the church.  This has not been a matter of unworthiness or having been offended.  I have made my decision over months of careful study of Christ and the New Testament plus the Essays on Gospel Topics.  If you have questions, I encourage you to read the Essays, which are published by the church on LDS.org.

I believe that members of the church are good, sincere people and I wish you all the best.

All the best,
Erin

59 comments:

  1. Thank you for all you have shared and God bless on your journey.

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  2. Sorry to see you go. Best wishes on your quest.

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  3. I found this in a very fluky way (but there are no accidents with God). I applaud your courage and careful research, and I want to encourage you as you "work out your salvation with fear and trembling" -(Phil 2:12)- a lifelong quest! He "rewards those who earnestly seek him" (Heb. 11:6). Praying for you today as you experience true love and freedom in Christ! It's an exhilarating ride!

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  4. Erin, Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us! I have loved your artwork and all that you've shared. Wish you the best!

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  5. May you feel the Lord's peace in your life.

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  6. Thank you for leaving you site up with all of your wonderful talents for others to use.

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  7. Thank you for your years of sharing ideas and artwork. You will be missed. Thanks also for leaving them available - I will be revisiting. God bless.

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  8. I'm so sad to hear your decision. Remember it doesn't have to be final. I appreciate all your resources. I've used them so much! I do just want to post a link to a talk I listened to recently by Sheri Dew. Please listen to the full talk! And I wish you the best in your search for truth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I_Eh5-Ee1o

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  9. Thank you so very much for all the hard work you have shared so freely for so long. I am deeply in awe of your talents and so appreciative of your generosity. And thank you for allowing us access to your vast array of masterpieces. May God bless you in your journey as you seek for further truth and light.

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  10. I am also so sad to hear about your decision and will greatly miss all your posts. I am new to my calling as Primary Music Leader and have greatly relied on your ideas and artwork as I navigate this demanding but rewarding calling. I appreciate that you have chosen to leave up the blog as I have used many of your flip charts; they are some of my favorites. I will be sad that I no longer get to look forward to seeing the new things you create and post. I wish you all the best luck and hope you continue to look to God for direction in your life. Many Many thanks.

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  11. Thank you for all all of your work. This blog is excellent.

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  12. Thank you for your creative ideas and for being so generous with those ideas. I'm grateful that you're leaving the blog up for us to use. I hope you find the peace you're looking for. Angie

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  13. Erin, I want to thank you also for your willingness to share your creative ideas and artwork. I too, am sad for your decision but know that we all have to search the scriptures and pray especially when we question the principles. Know that Heavenly Father loves you. Bless you and your family.
    Farah

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  14. So sad to see that you've stopped, as I'm just finding this blog, but wish you love and peace.
    Thank you for keeping this blog up, you are one talented lady!

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  15. Thank you so much for your help. I have loved your ideas. So sad to see you go you will be missed

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  16. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us! I've used your blog on and off for many years. You have been an answer to my prayers and blessed the lives of countless children all over the world.
    -Candice

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  17. I've loved your ideas. Im sorry you are going through a trial of faith, I've been there. I pray you will find peace and remember these things: I begin by reminding you that you are a daughter of a loving Father in Heaven and that His love remains constant. I know that such reassuring feelings of love are difficult to recall when you are in the midst of personal struggles or trials, disappointments, or broken dreams.

    Jesus Christ knows about fierce struggles and trials. He gave His life for us. His final hours were brutal, beyond anything we can even comprehend, but His sacrifice for each one of us was the ultimate expression of His pure love.

    No mistake, sin, or choice will change God’s love for us. That does not mean sinful conduct is condoned, nor does it remove our obligation to repent when sins are committed. But do not forget, Heavenly Father knows and loves you, and He is always ready to help. -Elder Renlund, Lest Thou Forget

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  18. Thank you for sharing your talents, and keeping them accessible to use. It's obvious you have many gifts and talents. I'm saddened by this choice, but wish you well in your future endeavors.

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  19. Erin, thank you for all the work and energy you've shared here! I truly appreciate your dedication and investment in the children and in helping them gain a testimony of Chirst. You are wonderful

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  20. Thank you for all your work here. God bless.

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  21. I'll be using one of your choosing games in Primary singing time today and will be thinking of you. I'm so sorry that we won't have your new ideas to draw upon. As an old man, I've appreciated so much the insight you've given me into what resonates with children as they learn these beautiful, faith-promoting songs. I will miss you a great deal. God bless you always for the good person you are.

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  22. Oh I am so sad to read this. I have heard of your blog from many people and more recently have been pouring over it. Thank you so much for your service, love, and dedication and for sharing your insight and ideas with us! I have no doubt in my mind that your ward family will miss you, but also the hundreds if not thousands of others whose lives you have touched and whose Sundays you have undoubtedly helped to go more smoothly because of your service and generosity. Thank you!

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  23. Although it comes from a total stranger, I send you all my love and hope. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us.

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  24. You are such a talented person and I've been so grateful over the years for your willingness to share all you created; you've blessed many lives. Your fun personality has also shown through all your posts. You're a light and so beloved by so many, the world over. Many have commented of a knowledge that you are so valuable and loved by God. I add my strong feelings that this is true. I was in the temple today and I thought of you and the things you must be going through. I added "OCDChorister" to the prayer roll, since I don't know your name. But the Lord knows you so well. I hope the prayers of all the temple goers here in Oregon contribute to you finding peace and joy. I wish I could hug you goodbye and thank you for all you've done for me and the children in my ward, personally!! With love and gratitude, Sarah

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm actually in Redmond, Oregon now.

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  25. I came to your site looking for ideas for primary singing time. Thankyou for your time and energy going into helping the primary! As the primary chorister In my ward I often feel tired, it is a selfless sacrifice of time and energy. But I know the music touches the childrens hearts and they can feel the saviors love for them and that makes it all worth it! Some children maybe going through very hard situations and it is truly strengthening for them. It has strengthened me so much more than I ever thought, its actually been a surprise and I realized how much I needed this calling. Singing with the children has helped heal the pain in my soul. Feeling the saviors love in our life, its life changing no matter who you are or what point you come to in your life. I know the hard work that goes into it so Thank you!!!

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  26. Lots of love here!! You are incredible and have been given a gift that has helped so many. God is aware of you, I have no doubt. Thank you for everything! This calling is a struggle for me and I have found peace and confidence through your Blog. I wish you the best.

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  27. Erin, Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us. I wish you much happiness, peace, and love.

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  28. I absolutely love your site and all the help it's given me. I, too, have come to the same decision as you for the same reasons - it is an eye-opener to study the Essays along with the New Testament. So far, I still attend church as I love so many of the people

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  29. I would also like to give my thanks for the love and service you have given by sharing your talents with us. Peace and blessings.

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  30. Thank you so much for your blog posts that have helped me and our primary so much. I have used your posts so many times. I was struggling with what to do this Sunday and turned to your posts to see what ideas you had and read your post. You have helped all of us so much, if you ever need something I would love to help. Amber

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  31. Once upon a time (like last month) I was a confident primary chorister, but the past few weeks have beat me down. Seriously, I came home in tears last week because the kids were so restless and not singing. I asked my 20-something son what he remembered liking about primary music, and he said he liked the pictures. Not the LDS Gospel Art ones that I use all of the time, but the fun ones that someone had drawn. Sadly, I do not draw. :(

    So I went searching and found you. Thank you for sharing your ideas and talents, and also for keeping your blog online so I could find it. I am especially in awe of the snowflakes, and look forward to using them sometime (maybe soon since the kids seem to like singing "Once There Was a Snowman" no matter the season).

    My husband and half of our children no longer believe in the church. Somedays I'm not sure what I believe either. But music is one thing that keeps me feeling good most of the time, so I keep at it. All the best to you on your journey.

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  32. Best wishes to you, Erin. Thank you for all of your service that has strengthened me in my own service and built the confidence of thousands of affected children by your inspired work. I hope you find what you're searching for!

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  33. I just found your blog today as I am subbing in my ward this month in Primary for singing time. I read your blog post tonight and it made me feel so sad. I hope you find what you are looking for- and that you find peace. I know we all go through faith struggles at points in our lives, and it is through those struggles that I have come closer to the Savior. They have actually strengthened my testimony of the church. Sending hugs :) And thanks for the awesome blog, and leaving it up for all to use and enjoy.

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  34. Your talents have been a great blessing to me and the children in my ward. I am greatly going to miss your posts, but I wish you all the best. It says a great deal about your character that you are willing to leave this blog up and continue to help others, even though you may believe differently than us now. I'll be thinking of you and hoping you find peace.

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  35. Erin, Your lovely art and fun ideas have blessed my life in my calling. I'm no artist, but love the music and the children, so everything you've done has made it even easier for me to love the best job in the Church.
    You've made a very difficult decision, and I wish you all the best. Remember that God loves you (he must, because he blessed you with such creative gifts!) May he watch over you, and guide you.
    Love from SLC, UT!

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  36. Dear Erin, I love your blog and all you fun ideas. Years ago I was choister for 17 years and loved my calling. I might have found it easier if you had been blogging then but I found much joy in teaching. I was then called on a mission to Germany and was asked to teach in German Primary Music again. I went to the internet and found your blog. All the pictures and drawings and ideas helped me so much in a foreign country with a foreign language. I was sad to read that you have been struggling. You are such a caring generous person to share your talents and to let your blog stay on line. What I know about you is that you are a very Christ-like person. Thank you and good luck.

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  37. Dear Erin, I use your ideas often and have always appreciated that you have taken time to share with me and many others. I have benefitted greatly from your generous spirit as well as the children in my ward and all throughout the church I am certain. Please know that you are loved. Best Wishes.

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  38. Dear Erin - I just discovered your blog. I look forward to combing through all your resources.

    Many out there struggle with certain principles/concepts/ideals from the church but I hope that we all agree that Jesus is our Savior. That is the message that I strive to teach in Primary. I have my own feelings of question from time to time so I just really keep focused on teaching the children about the Savior and being a good, honest, helpful and kind person. I shy away from songs that I don't feel comfortable teaching - and I think that is okay :)

    I wish you the best on your journey - it can be a hard one in some aspects and quite possibly feel a bit freeing also (if you have been struggling). Prayers for you- that you'll find what you are searching for.

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  39. I am so sorry to hear about your decision. I understand a lot of the frustration you probably have. I have had my own set of doubts as well. I know the church was not as historically forthcoming as they should be. They used to make an effort to hide things in fear that some of the darker sides of the past would turn people away. This is exactly what I see happened to you. They are doing better with the gospel essays and being more accurate with the past. Also the publishing of the Jospeh Smith papers has helped the church be more transparent. I am probably more lucky than your past...my dad is a church historian and I have known from an early age some of the less desirable parts of the church's past. We had open communication about it. The church still isn't that old. Look at other denominations...they made plenty of mistakes too. Yes, the church made mistakes...many. If you ever want to talk to someone about it, please feel free to talk to me. My doubts may not have been the same, but I understand the frustration with the lack of transparency with the early church and Joseph Smith. I can also send you to my dad who would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the church's past. I wish you the best and all the happiness in the world. You are a talented woman and I have really enjoyed using your blog for ideas.

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  40. The Joseph Smith papers project was undertaken just for this purpose! The church wanted to learn more about it's own history and be more transparent. Through that project we have gained many new insights and discoveries to help us understand the translation process. I recommend two books whose authors were a part of that project: From Darkness unto Light: Josephs Translation of the BofM and Joseph Smith's Seer Stones. We don't have enough records to understand exactly how Joseph learned to translate. But we do know that it took work, trial and error. Both of those pictures could be correct. When Joseph was copying the characters from the plates for Emma to create multiply copies, there had to be something there to prevent her from viewing the plates. It was never recorded exactly what divided them. But when the translation really began in earnest the plates were on the table covered with nothing in between the Joseph and his scribe. There is evidence that Joseph tried the breastplate, the spectacles, the seer stone and a combination of all of them as he learned to receive revelation. It appears that translation became most comfortable and productive with the seer stones.
    As history is told we seem to simplify the story. The process of translating was not simple, it was a struggle and fascinating to study. I hope you will!!
    I love church history questions. The last two years I have asked many and studied a ton. My faith has grown more in two years than my prior 44 years put together. Jump in and study! The answers are there and the Spirit will guide you through the journey!

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  41. I have been so blessed by your amazing ideas. Thank you for all of your talent in putting together this blog. I am so grateful you are leaving up your ideas for us to use. You have saved me many a Sunday. I will miss the influx of new thoughts but I will definitely take advantage of all you have done. Thanks again!!

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  42. If you want church published information on the seer stones and the translation process there has always been information available: BH Roberts History of the Church 1902, Bruce R McConkie's Mormon Doctrine 1958, The Friend Sept 1974, The Ensign Sept 1977, Ensign June 1993, Ensign 1994, Maxwell talk 1997, Ensign Oct 2015. It's never been hidden, but today we do have more original docs offering more detailed information.
    There are many other sources about the seer stones, but they called them by their Book of Mormon name: Urim and Thummim or spectacles...all three terms are correct.

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  43. I have been the primary music leader for 5 years and have treasured your blog. Thank-you. I wish you all happiness.

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  44. Just found your site this week through a google images search. I love (and needed) your many ideas. Thank you so much. Didn't see this "home" page until today. It's been a year since you posted your farewell blog. My heart feels for you. I hope you are doing well--you are still inspiring many people here to endure and keep going. I wish you all the best. Thanks again.

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  45. Thank you for leaving the blog open to us! I really appreciate it. You are wonderful.
    God Bless!!!

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  46. I have been treasuring your blog posts since getting this calling 7 months ago in December 2017. I just now saw your home page, and while it saddens me. I wish you the best in your future and much happiness.

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  47. Hi Erin,

    First let me say that your website has been my favorite resource for finding visual aids to help my kids learn primary songs.  I have loved that you have created drawings which convey the meaning of the words of the songs that we sing, rather than just sticking words on a picture.  

    I was genuinely sad when I discovered that you wouldn't be posting more to the blog, and sadder still  to hear that you were leaving the church.  While I don't know you, I have felt a connection to you through your work.  Your second to last post suggested that you had encountered discrepancies between the church history that we have learned growing up in the church and other tellings of it (and probably criticism for creating unofficial materials).  I'm sorry if others couldn't appreciate your art for the value it had.  I thought that you did a great job.

    I thought of you tonight as I listened to this broadcast: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/face-to-face/cook?lang=eng.  I don't know whether you have peacefully laid this all to rest, but if not I thought it was a refreshingly open discussion of many topics I have never head addressed over the pulpit (including seer stones).  Perhaps it may be of some interest to you.

    On another note, I noticed when I sat down to type this that I couldn't find any of your old posts.  If you have taken them down, I would ask you to consider leaving them up.  You have been uniquely able to use drawings to convey abstract ideas, and I would love to be able to continue using your resources when I teach on Sunday.

    Thank you for all that you have shared!

    Melissa

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  48. Would please reconsider removing your past posts? Your flipcharts that I have used are fantastic, specific to the song with clearly illustrated ideas. That is such a talent! Thank you for making them in the first place.

    Even if you disagree with the teachings of some songs (which I do) there is so much gained in teaching children music that guides that to better choices throughout their life. There is a lot of good just teaching children music of any kind.

    I love your resources. I know it isn't part of your life any more and hosting a website is a hassle. If that is the reason I would help make it simple for you. I could make use of a different blog or google drive as some options off the top of my head.

    Thanks! I wish you all the peace and strength you need following your conscience.

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  49. I am so sad to see your posts all gone. Your blog has been my favorite resource for almost two years. I have been so grateful that you kept everything online even though you no longer chose to be a part of the Church. I hope you will reconsider, and that you are doing well and have found peace and happiness. Thank you for creating so much good through this blog.

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  50. Sniffle sniffle! Come back Erin! (Hugs and more hugs) I am so sad to see the blog posts gone, but even more sad to read your post about leaving the church. I understand how this sometimes happens and wish you happiness and clarity in your journey. I did want to thank you for all of your posts, I was the chorister for 3 years and I often found myself here. You had the best ideas! Thank you for all of your hard work and efforts. I am grateful for you and wish you the best in your future.

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  51. تقدم شركتنا افضل الخدمات المنزلية علي الاطلاق حيث انها تقدم خدمات التنظيف المتكاملة مثل تنظيف المنازل والبيوت والفلل والقصور وتنظيف الموكيت وتنظيف الكنب وتنظيف الستائر وغير من العمل النظافة يمكنك زيارة موقعنا لانها هي الافضل علي الاطلاق حيث انها توفر كل الخدمات التاليه:- ارخص شركة تنظيف منازل بالرياض
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  52. Hi Erin.
    I, too, am one of the many people that followed and loved your blog page with all the wonderful ideas you shared. This was my first year as a primary chorister. Is there ANY WAY to put your ideas back up and make them accessible for us? I'm sorry you have decided to take your earthly journey down another path but does that mean you have to delete your blog? You REALLY had some great ideas. Please reconsider putting your past blog posts back up. God bless.

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