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Hi I'm Esther

I'm an artist, a shell collector, a piano teacher, a college student, and I live in Hawaii.

About Me

Growing up I dreamed of being a scientist. When I wasn't buried in my shell collection and schoolwork, I was cooking for my always hungry brothers, playing and teaching piano, or designing and creating my own clothes, jewelry, and furniture. As I applied for college I was considering a degree in biology but after much prayer and soul searching I decided that my true passion in life was art. I had been blessed with so much joy and beauty in my life but I had also seen darkness and loneliness. Through my college education I wanted to be able to bring out out the pure and beautiful moments of life and share them with others. I have followed this dream and am currently pursing a bachelors in Fine Arts. Often when I tell people that I am a Fine Arts major I am given a skeptical look as if I am committing economic suicide. I know very well that the art scene is very competitive but I also know that the Lord has promised that if I give my all and dedicate my life to Him, He will provide for me. I trust His promise but I also do my part and take my art and education very seriously. Friday night for me means extra time to work on homework and art projects. Recently I have also chosen to dedicate my life to Him even more by by serving a full time mission. As a woman serving a mission is not a duty but simply an option. For me I see it as another opportunity to share my light, talents, and love with the world.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born and raised in a strong Mormon family it doesn't mean I have never questioned why I choose to continue with this way of living. Just because my parents and their parents are Mormon it doesn't mean I have to be. But I have freely chosen to follow in their footsteps. Why? First of all living the gospel makes sense to me. After we graduated from high school I saw too many of my friends choose to become the kind of adults we were taught not to be. Maybe it seemed like they were being independent and free for awhile but sooner or later I saw the physical, emotional, and economical toll that things like alcoholism brought on. I saw very clearly how much safer I was because I chose to live God's commandments. But that is not the only reason I choose to go against popular culture and live this way. I choose to follow Christ because I have a firm and deep love for Him and all he has done for me. I live life passionately and happily because I don't see the commandments as a restraint but as liberation from the chains of mortal mistakes.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite aspects of my weekly worship services is the music. I have participated in congregational choirs since I could remember. My Freshman year of high school I was asked to be one of the pianists for my ward (geographically based congregation). This was a challenge for me because as much as I loved playing piano I hated playing in front of crowds. I overcame that fear though and have been a pianist in all the wards I have lived in since then. In high school I also spent hundreds of hours as a volunteer helping organize activities and events for my fellow youth. I loved planning and participating in campouts and dances but what I loved even more was being a mentor and camp instructor my Senior year. It was hard work keeping a bunch of 12-14 year olds focused during a service project or group scripture study but nothing can compare to the joy of seeing them begin to really grasp the joy of living the gospel and serving others.