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Hi I'm Esta

I grew up outside of Washington, D.C. I have an avid love of history and familly history. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I tell people I was born in the United States but not in a state since I was born in Washington, D.C. My parents were Civil Servants for over 30 years and I grew up in the D.C. area, attending school there and being active in a local United Methodist congregation. I sang in the church choir with my father for several years and used to sing duets with him as well. The teachings I learned from my parents about honesty, trust, faith, virtue and believeing in Jesus Christ were a strong foundation to build on when I came in contact with the LDS Church. One of the things my parents taught my brother and I was to love our country and to appreciate its history. We visited historical sites, national parks, museums and places of interest (not Disneyland) during my growing up years. As a result, I fell in love with history and ended up studying it as my major in college. It was in college that I came in close contact with a Mormom. My roommate who introduced me to Institute and to the Church. What I found were people who shared my values and accepted me in spite of not belonging to the Church.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess the biggest reason I am a Mormon is it answered all the questions I had. The basics I learned as a child just naturally flowed into the teachings of the Church. I started studying the church the first year I was in college. A missionary, who would not take no for an answer, managed to get me to listen and I finally decided to put it to the test and pray about it. So one evening when my roommate was out I got on my knees and started to pray. Three hours later I got up and still did not have an answer to whether or not the Church was true. I didn't get an answer for two more days but when I finally did I have never looked back. I heard the spirit speak to me telling me it was true. But my parents were violently opposed to my joining the Church, feeling I was being brainwashed. So I ended up waiting a full year before I was able to be baptised and become a member of the Church. That was nearly 41 years ago and I have been grateful for the stability that the Church has given me in my life. I am grateful for the teachings of the Gospel and the Savior and the strength they give me. I love the Savior and all he has done for me. And I love the Church and the wonderful blessings that have come to me. It was because of the Church I met my husband of 30 years. It was because of the Church I have traced my family back to the 1600's. And it is because of the Savior that I know that I am not alone, that I can turn to him in times of trouble or joy and know that he will be there to support or rejoice with me. I know that he hears me because a couple of years ago when I desparately needed him in a moment of crisis, he was there and he spared my life so that I could continue to do the work that He wanted me to do.

How I live my faith

Because of my love of history, I naturally gravitated into Famiy History (genealogy) and have spent the greater part of my life gathering my personal family history. My love of music has also played a part, participating in ward choirs, directing music for sacrament meetings and even writing a couple of pieces for choirs to perform for special events. I have taught in Sunday School, early morning Seminary (for youth 14-18) and the women's organization (Relief Society). Over the years I have served in leadership positions, as a councilor to the Relief Society president, a secretary in the Sunday School, and in my college days, on the Institute (college age students) student board. For many years my husband and I have served as volunteer workers at the Oakland Temple which has been a wonderful experience. One of the community activities I participated in for many years was as a poll worker during local and national elections. They were long days but rewarding as we helped the community members cast their votes. Currently I am serving as our Ward Family History Consultant (I help people get started on their family history), teach the Family History class, prepare the Ward Newsletter and when needed help to intrepret for a deaf member who lives in the area.