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Hi I'm Esther

I grew up in California. I have worked with school children for nearly twelve years. I love books and music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been married for six years. We recently purchased our first home and are very excited about the joys and trials of home ownership. Other than family, one of my greatest joys is writing. I love books in most any form and am currently working on becoming a published author. I prefer writing fantasy/fiction for the young adult age range. Therefore, this tends to be the genre I read most often, though I also love classics like Jane Austen and newer quirky writing like Terry Pratchett. Art and music are also major contenders for my passion. Painting, drawing, photography... I like to try my hand at doing it all. I am not incredibly musically talented, but I very much appreciate those who are (like my husband). I do like to sing in church choir, and am currently learning to play the piano, though I am not much beyond "Mary Had A Little Lamb" at the moment. Most of my working life has been spent with elementary aged children. It is amazing what you can learn from a child. Sure, they can be handfuls some of the time, but their wonder at the world and how it works is always refreshing. there hasn't been a time when a bad day can't change into a great day simply because a child runs up, gives me a hug, and tells me they are glad I am there. Teaching children is very rewarding, especially when you see their eyes light up in understanding something they hadn't known before.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, my parents were both members, and I feel very grateful for the upbringing that provided. All my life I've known that Heavenly Father loves me and that He will always be there for me when I need Him. Yet, even growing up in the LDS church, there comes a time when you have to stop relying on the testimonies of your parents and find out for yourself if it is true. To me, the gospel has always made sense. Everything just fits with what I feel in my heart. That has always been the core of my testimony and as I've gone through hardships and trials, I have built upon that core until I can now feel that testimony burning in my heart. I've never had one of those big, lightning flashes with angels singing and trumpets playing to tell me that this church is true, but I've felt it, in my heart, more and more, as I live it, as I follow the principles day by day to where I can say that I know this church is true, that following it's principles will make me and you and everyone happier in this life than they could ever be without it. I know that Jesus Christ lives! I know that He loves me and everyone. I feel His love when I read my scriptures, when I go to church, when I do even a simple act of service. I know that when trials come, when my heart is heavy, when I feel like I just can't struggle, He is there to lift me up. He will make up for what I lack, carry me when I can't walk, and help me become a better person. I am not perfect, but that's okay, as long as I do the best I can and keep working towards being more like Him. That is why I am a Mormon. I feel the truth of this gospel in my heart and in my soul. I know who I am; I am a daughter of a Living God. I know why I am here in this life. I know what I need to do to be happy, and I know where I am going. When I am lost, or afraid, I know He will always be there for me, to bring back the light. I don't have to wonder, I don't have to doubt what life is all about.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day. It's a part of me and who I am. I just couldn't do anything else. I read the scriptures every day and try to live by the examples of service and faith Christ has shown. I pray often every day, I go to church every Sunday and live by the principles of my faith every day of the week. I love getting together with the other women in the church to do activities, service projects, crafts, or just to sit together and bond. I do my best to see people how Christ would see them and to love everyone. Though I am nervous and shy, especially in large groups, I do my best to help and serve wherever I am needed. Ask me for help and I will do my utmost best for you! One of my favorite things to do is sing in the church choir. There is something about music that fills the soul! We talk and laugh and the choir feels more like family than just a group of people. I try to make my home a loving, comforting, fun, inviting place; a refuge from the cares of the world.