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Hi I'm Esther

I'm a daughter, a sister, a mother, a wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Illinois in a large family. I was taught to love God and to make good choices. I have lived in Europe twice -- once with my family and once as a missionary. It was there that I learned to understand just how big our world is. I taught elementary school for a few years. I am now the mother of 3 beautiful children and the wife of a wonderful man. The job of motherhood is the hardest job I have ever had - yet the most rewarding as I watch my children learn and grow. I enjoy learning the violin with my daughter and playing little duets on the piano with my son. I feel satisfied when I am successful at growing vegetables in my garden. My kids and I love to find books at the library that explain the world around us and teach us something new.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family and was taught daily of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I never doubted the things my parents taught me. As a teenager, I decided it was time for me to know for myself whether my parents teachings were true. The overwhelming feeling that came to me over and over was that I already knew it was true. I had already found peace and joy in living the gospel and obeying the commandments. I have continued through my life to read the Book of Mormon and the Bible. Through my scripture study and prayer I have found answers to many questions I have had in my life. I know God lives and loves us. He has shown me many times that he is aware of each of us and the little details of our lives.

How I live my faith

I find that my personal daily scripture study and prayer help me to live my faith each day. I also spend time each day praying and reading scriptures with my family. We teach our children to be like Christ and to turn to him for help. We try to help them understand that there are things that can draw them closer to Christ and to look for these things. I am grateful to currently be serving in the women's organization (Relief Society) of our congregation. It has given me the opportunity to reach out to other sisters at church and to learn and grow with them. My service at church has given me a greater understanding of our Savior's love and concern for each of us. My faith is my life. It is what guides me day to day; hour by hour; minute by minute. It is what pushes me to keep going.