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Hi I'm Esther

I love greek yogurt and granola, I teach 3rd graders, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a farming community in Northern California. I moved out of state for university, and I'm really just your typical student in university. I stay up late to do homework, live off mac and cheese during finals, and manage to meet some amazing people while I'm at it. My newest challenge is a triathlon I'm signing up for in a few months. My training calendar sits proudly on my desk. Swim. Bike. Run. Repeat. Running is a new outlet. During the run, I have time to put the homework aside and think. Sometimes I think about nature and how breathtaking the scenery and trees are. Sometimes I think about how amazing it is that the respiratory system can intake oxygen and process it and release carbon dioxide. Sometimes I run to forget about an awkward date or to run off steam after a disagreement with a roommate over dishes. Sometimes I am fortunate enough to run and stop thinking about myself and begin to truly appreciate and focus on the world around me, outside of my bubble. It gives me a new perspective on the meaning of life!

Why I am a Mormon

My story is far from glamorous, but it's exactly what works for me. I'm a Mormon because I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ brings joy to lives. I am happiest when I am doing my best to follow Jesus Christ's example. A lot of people asked me in high school why there were "so many rules" for Mormons. I've never felt that being Mormon was a long list of "cannots." Quite the opposite. I feel like being Mormon actually is very liberating. Everything that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches creates a human being that gets a little bit kinder, healthier, wiser, etc each day. I follow the Word of Wisdom by choosing not to partake of drugs, alcohol or any type of smoking because it makes me healthier and I never give up my personal control to those things no matter how slight or brief. I choose to go to church each Sunday not because I'm "supposed to" but because the things I learn make me want to be more giving to those around me. It makes me want to be more forgiving. One of my favorite things about being a Mormon is the emphasis on extending love and service to every individual regardless of race, gender, creed or religion. We are taught to treat every individual as a child of God. We are taught to look for the good in everyone, not just those with whom we share our beliefs. I love the emphasis on family in the Mormon church. My uncle recently passed away after a long battle with cancer. While the knowledge of life after death and the promise that we can be with our family again does not immediately take away the pain of the loss, it absolutely provides hope and the strength to carry on. I know that I will see my uncle and all of my family again. To me, being with my family is what will make heaven absolutely glorious.

How I live my faith

I attend a Young Single Adult ward in my local area. It's actually really neat to be placed in a ward with 150 other individuals in my age group. I teach a class for the women one Sunday each month. It's amazing to discuss what we believe with so many other women who are so strong in the gospel and share their views of particular scriptures or talks by our church leaders. One thing I've learned in all my years being Mormon is that there is so much fun to be had, especially when there are not any drugs or alcohol involved. There are many in our area who share my beliefs and together we plan activities that are wholesome, but that bring many people together to get to know one another better and simply have a good time. Together we encourage each other to be kind and true to the commitments we made.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Temples are not exclusive and selective as they often are viewed. In fact, they welcome anyone who is willing to keep certain commandments and abide by specific values. Entering the temple requires individual preparation, much like a doctorate degree in mathematics first requires proper preparation in a basic understanding of math. If you don't take the time to understand basic algebra, multivariable calculus and differential equations will have little value and make very little sense. As it is with the temple. Without a firm belief and understanding in the basic principles of the Mormon church, that which is taught in the temple will make little sense. The beauty of the temple, though, is that it invites everyone! Both the highly educated and the humble learner are welcome. Every race and nation are welcome. Anyone who is willing to put for the effort to learn, understand and believe is welcome. Show more Show less