Letter to My Younger Self From Erin

by | Oct 9, 2018 | Special Series | 4 comments


Dear Younger Self,

First, let me tell you your life has been blessed! God is never going to let you down, and He’s going to perform miracles for you that you didn’t even know were possible.

Let’s start with the basics:

In middle and high school, don’t worry about who is going to be your friend — you’re actually not going to want to hang out with some of those kids after you get baptized! — and don’t pretend to be less smart just because you think you need to “fit in.” Embrace the way you were made. Your freckles are actually cute; your nose isn’t too small; and you don’t need self-tanner — you actually need sunscreen, daily! (You’ll be at peace with your glow-in-the-dark light skin soon enough.) Also, God will lead you to your career — He knows best!

In college, keep studying scripture. This is where you start to grow some spiritual roots. And take care of your church friends. Don’t give up praying for them even when they stray.

And overall:

Stop worrying. Stop anticipating the what ifs. Stop thinking about all the different permutations of what might happen and instead buckle into your faith and let God drive. Nothing fruitful comes from worrying.

Listen to your Mom, the sooner the better. All those teachings turn out to be right. You might tune out good counsel in your teens, but you are going to remember and come to love those life lessons and use them like a self-help guide. Let her tell you about being confident, about not letting the opposition distract you, how to find and trust the Spirit, and why it’s OK to say “no” when you’re stretched too thin.

God can help you overcome all your challenges, but you need to “pray and then move your feet.” In other words, don’t stay stuck! Don’t allow the opposition to let you think it’s OK to stay afraid! Aren’t you a child of the King? God didn’t give you a spirit of fear; you were given courage. Imagine yourself strong in the Lord, and you will be.

A few more notes: Speak up; your words are valuable! Trust your instinct to pray when prompted — it’s going to change your day. Bring more cash to church; you always seem to forget a few dollars for collection. On that note, the ministry isn’t kidding when they encourage tithing. You are going to be repeatedly amazed at how quickly your life is blessed when you tithe consistently. Make it a habit, even when you don’t think you can. Trust.

Last, learn more about who you are and what you can do for God. Don’t miss a Sunday (or sacrament). No matter what happens, remember Grandma’s words, “The Lord never comes too soon, and he never comes too late.”

P.S. God’s going to do GREAT things! Repeat after me: God’s got this.

What Encouragement Would You Give to your younger self? Leave a comment with something positive that Younger You would’ve needed to hear.

Bio Erin

This article has undergone ministry review and approval.


  • Sister Erin Light

    Sister Erin lives in a quaint Southern California city nestled into the foothills of Orange County, just a quick drive to both the Irvine Branch and the beach.


  1. Teri-Lyn Tunno

    You did an awesome job Sister Erin! I loved your blog!

  2. Michelle Watson

    Great words, Sister Erin! I would encourage my teenage self by saying, ‘You are very self-conscious right now, but that will pass in only a few years, and you’ll become comfortable with who you are as a child of God. Isn’t that great?!” 😉

  3. Sister Terry Snyder

    God’s got this!!!!!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Further Reading

God’s Unopened Messages

Distractions, the great divider of attention… the cause of driving accidents, burned lasagna in the oven (the horror), and thousands of lost hours playing Candy Crush or updating Pinterest.  I am distracted more often than not. And the concept of multi-tasking...

Read More

I Can Do All Things

Philippians 4:13 says that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. And I have to say, I believe it, but do I truly use the fullness of the meaning in my life? I work at an assisted living center where all the residents have memory impairments. They...

Read More

Never Miss a New Article

Subscribe to Our Email List
Sign up and get every new blog post sent straight to your inbox so you always have the day’s devotional at your fingertips.

We never share your email address with anyone for any reason, and we use it only to send you Gospel Blog emails. Just articles, not ads!

Your Story for God’s Glory

Share Your Testimony on Miracle Monday

We devote Miracle Monday to sharing miracle stories. From finding a lost wedding ring to healing cancer on the spot, Jesus Christ has done it all, big and small.

And we want to hear about what He’s done for you.

The Gospel Blog Is Open for Submissions

We encourage devotional-style or scripture-based articles in the ballpark of 500 words. We are open to any topic that glorifies God and unites the Church.