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Hi I'm Esther

I grew up in Oregon, Arizona and Utah. I love music (who doesn't? :] ). I enjoy working hard and making friends.

About Me

I am the second oldest of five kids, I love to learn, sew, play sports, run, walk, read, be outside, be inside, observe, whatever! I love grass and rocks, dirt, sand, water, fresh air, so many things. I am leaving to serve a full time mission for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints tomorrow and am so excited. It may take some time, but I know I'll love everything whether it is hard, easy, scary, fun, inconsequential, or simply indescribable.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home that was less than ideal. Though it has been difficult, through the atonement and love of Jesus Christ I have been able to overcome, or in some cases, have faith that I will someday overcome. To be honest, there have been times when I've doubted the truthfulness of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints. There were times when I allowed shadows to crowd out Christ's light in my heart; times when I didn't know who I really was or what I truly believed in. I didn't want to change. The Lord loved me anyway. He gave me people who showed me where to step, even when I wasn't ready to follow. He gave me teachers and verified their words were true. He loved me along the way. He gave me time to learn and grow, but never left me to suffer alone. He performed miracles in my life. No seas were parted nor angels' songs heard, but he cleared my heart; He sucked out the pain and anger, confusion and grief which cluttered my soul. He gave me freedom from the gray I thought I was limited to. He has given me more than I could ever depict or even recount in 1500 characters or less. Most of all He gave me agency, choice, so I could decide for myself. And through a long process of studying, praying, applying and repeating, I know there is nothing truer than the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is in His church. The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints. I don't know everything, but I know what it feels like when I learn truth and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Everyone on Earth is entitled to know they are loved. Not necessarily in a romantic way, but loved. It is an awful state feeling that one is not loved. I've felt this for many years; however, since deciding to live the life of a devout Mormon, I have learned over and over that I am loved beyond explanation. when I first made the choice it negatively affected most of my friendships. Not surprisingly, in exchange for these broken bonds, I gained greater things. They made way for new friendships to be forged with people that cared more for me than any of my friends previously had; Friends that have grown with me and who fortify me daily. (Sweet trade, huh? It sure was! Back to topic.) Though, I now have friends that I know love and care for me, this is not quite the love I'm talking about. The first friend I found who cared for me deeply, more than for his own life, was Jesus Christ. He loves me even now and I know it. (Sharp cheddar on the cheese scale? I think yes :]) He loves each of us more than any could. I live my faith by working to love as Christ does. I love everyone. I don't like everyone (I'm workin' on it), but I love everyone. I don't know what pains each person feels; I don't know what wrong they've done or why; I don't know what wrong has happened to them, but what I do know is that who or wherever they are in their existence, God loves them. Christ loves them. I will love them if I can.