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Hi I'm Estina Martin

I grew up in Northern California. I'm a sister, daughter, mother, teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a single mom of 2 beautiful teenage daughters, which for some can be tough in a church all about families. But the church and my testimony has been my rock in all of life's storms. It has also been the source of all my blessings along with the wonderful support of my parents, siblings and good friends both in and out of the church. I teach elementary school - mainly 5th grade. I love it and am grateful to be doing something I've always wanted to do. For a teacher, I've moved quite a bit and have lived in 6 different Western states. Good thing I like to travel and see new places. :D I've earned my Master's degree in reading & language arts. I love to read and spend time with my family. Vacations usually involve visiting family members somewhere around the western US. Every year we go camping for our family reunions at a different site/state near the member who's hosting it. Campfires, good food, hikes, games, crafts, 4 wheeling, water activities, and visiting the local sites usually take a good week to fit it all in.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents both converted to the church, shortly before I was born. My dad was getting shipped off to Vietnam and my mom wasn't certain if her parents would let their new Mormon daughter move back in with them while he was overseas. They did - their first grandchild was on the way - Me! My dad had some experiences in the military where he felt the best thing to do in raising his new family was to follow chuch counsel/suggestions regarding families. They both raised all 5 of us kids 4 girls and 1 boy actively in the church. By accepting every calling and fullfilling them the best they could, along with morning, evening and regular meal time family prayers and Monday night family home evenings (FHE), they taught me faith in Jesus Christ, that prayers can be answered and that following the gospel/church counsel is the safest, wisest path to pursue in life. As a teenager, I saw several of my friends make some poor choices that most teens do. Of course it seemed fun and tempting so I put my seminary teacher's advice about praying and asking the Lord if the church was true. (Because if it's not, why bother trying to be good? I thought) One summer night when I was 15, I had just finished reading the first chapter in Alma from the Book of Mormon and I prayed by my bed to ask if it was true. Suddenly the best feeling came over me! I can only describe it as light, warmth, and love. Yes light even though my eyes were still closed. It lasted for a long time and I knew once I got off my knees it would disappear. I've never been able to recreate that moment. I knew that Alma Ch 1 was true, so the Book of Mormon and the Joseph Smith story must be true - that Joseph DID see God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ in a vision and was told to start Christ's church in these Latter days and that an Angel, Moroni really did show him where to find gold plates which he translated with God's help. That feeling/ testimony has stayed with me for over 25 years.

How I live my faith

I live my faith simply by staying true to what I know no matter where I am. I do the best I can in preparing my lessons to teach for my students at work and in preparing church lessons for Sunday. I involve myself in teachers organizations, community projects, and church activities. As a mother, I pray with my daughters, take them to church and read scripture with them. I also do those activities by myself and attend an LDS temple at least once a month whenever possible. Visiting with friends from church and at work helps rejuvenate me and keeps me feeling positive as I surround myself with positive people. Whenever I feel prompted to do something good for someone, I take that as an opportunity from God to bless someone else's life and try to pay forward all of the blessings that I know I have received from living the gospel of Jesus Christ.