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Hi I'm Esther

I'm a middle school special education teacher and coach who's just trying to make a difference.

About Me

I grew up in Southern Maryland, a typical suburb community outside of Washington, D.C. I grew up in a family of 6 kids. I was a typical high school over-achiever. I played sports, captaining the volleyball team, took AP classes and got good grades, edited a section of the yearbook and was a member of the National Honors Society. I went to college at Brigham Young University for two years, then took a break. I worked for a year to earn money to pay for an 18 month mission to Mongolia. After I returned from Mongolia, I graduated with a degree in special education and lived in Utah for 2 years to teach resource in a middle school. Working with students with disabilities got me interested in the brain and how it works. I left my job to pursue a master's degree in Mind, Brain and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I graduated last spring and am currently unemployed, single and living with my parents again. I'm taking this opportunity to pursue my interest in hippotherapy, aka, equine therapy. I hope to combine my love of horses with my desire to work with people with disabilities.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents joined this church in their 20's, before they were married. My brothers, sisters and I grew up in the church. At a young age I was taught the importance of prayer, reading the scriptures and attending church every Sunday. I attended early morning scripture study classes before high school each morning. Through all of my life, I've had small experiences that strengthened my belief that what I was doing was right and that the church taught true principles. When I followed those principles, I was happier, more successful at school and felt a closer relationship with God and Jesus Christ. I continue to be a Mormon even though there are times when I have questions. One thing I love about this church is that even when direction or counsel comes from the leaders, they don't ask me to do what they say just because they say so. I can always take the counsel to God in prayer and ask for a personal confirmation that what the leaders have said is true. I can know for myself, directly from God, that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is a life style. It's more than something I do on Sunday. I pray and read the scriptures daily. I try to be kind and to watch out for people who are in need. One of my favorite things to do is give random people a ride in my car. I've picked up people running late, walking to work when it was 4 degrees outside or waiting inside the grocery store for a rain storm to pass. At church I work with kids under age 12. I've worked in the 2-3 year old class and I love their energy. I've worked with the 4 year olds and I love hearing their views of the world. I've been a choir pianist, an activity planner and a secretary for the woman's organization. I love to be of service in any way that I can. Each of these different jobs has helped me grow into a better, more patient, humble and willing servant of the Lord.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Each missionary is required to pay a certain amount of money each month to the churches missionary fund. I worked for a year to save the money to pay for my mission. Friends and family members often contribute to the mission fund as well. Every month, I paid a set amount to the leaders of my local congregation, which was then sent to the central missionary fund for the entire church. Since living expenses vary by region, for example, it is very expensive to live in Japan and England and much less expensive to live in Mongolia, the central missionary fund disperses a set amount of money to each missionary depending on where they live. So, each missionary pays the same amount each month and receives an allotment according to the needs of their region. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Absolutely... if you define a Christian as someone who worships Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Savior of mankind. Or someone who tries to follow His example in loving God and our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus Christ is essential to our salvation. Without Him we would never be able to repent and be forgiven for our sins. I'm so grateful to know that He is my Savior and I rely on Him for peace and comfort. Show more Show less