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Hi I'm Esther

I'm a dancer and a teacher. I speak Spanish and love to travel the world. I've always been and will always be a Mormon.

About Me

My passions in life are music, dance, Spanish, and teaching. My earliest memories are of me watching and imitating recordings of professional ballet dancers in our living room. My plan was always to become a professional dancer myself. Until I tore my ACL and meniscus in high school, that is. Long story short, that was one of the hardest things I've gone through in my life, and in the end, I decided to TEACH dance instead of be a professional. Recently, I re-injured my same knee. Going through surgery and physical therapy again definitely hasn't been easy. But I healed before, I know I will again, and all things will work together for the best. My knee injuries have led me to discover and develop new talents and interests that I hadn't been aware of before, one of which is playing the viola. (What IS a viola? It's basically a big violin that goes lower.) Playing in ensembles—quartets, string orchestras, symphonies—is one of my greatest joys. There is something inexplicably enlivening about being surrounded by beautiful music and knowing that I am a part of it! I also never would have taken up Spanish. I started out at the beginning level my freshman year in college and just drank it all up! Now I am fluent, and I even lived in Latin America for a few months as a service volunteer. Immersing myself in the language, culture and other people's needs was the best decision of my life so far. I have never felt so happy or purposeful as when I was living only to serve others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Church, and I've stayed in it my whole life. At first I didn't really understand what the gospel was all about; I followed blindly because that's what my friends and family expected. As I kept following the commandments and guidelines of the Church, however, I found that they were constant in my life, especially when everything else seemed to be unstable. What I thought was my perfect family life fell apart in a matter of about five years. Through it all, I knew that no matter what, God loved me. I knew that He would watch over and guide me, that if I did everything I could to keep His commandments, I would be taken care of and everything would be okay. I could feel the Holy Ghost testify of God's love for me when I read my scriptures, prayed, and looked at the world around me. Having the gospel—especially understanding the Plan of Salvation—has always brought me peace. Frankly, I don't know if I would have any motivation to do anything. When I understand my real origins (a Daughter of Almighty God) and where I'm going after I die, I find power in myself to do what I didn't think I could. As cheesy and cliché as that sounds, it's true. I have felt the Holy Ghost testify that the Book of Mormon is true, and that God and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove. I know that God loves us and has given us this life for our progression and happiness. And I don't know what I would do without that knowledge.

How I live my faith

I teach Sunday School in my ward (that's just another word for "congregation"). The Church prints out lesson manuals with different scriptures, thoughts, and teaching ideas for each week. My job is to study the scriptures outlined for each new Sunday, read the ideas the manual proposes, and then "teach" my peers in the ward. Now, I hesitate to say "teach" because that would imply that I am the expert in the ward, but it's quite the contrary. In fact, in my opinion, I am there as more of a discussion leader. I propose a scripture or a quote to read, then we discuss how to apply that scripture or quote in our lives. As the discussion continues, I find that what the "students" have to say is often what I needed to hear the most. The Holy Ghost teaches me Spirit to spirit as I stand in front of the room, and I know that He is also teaching each individual in the room what he or she needs to learn as well. In the end, the lesson manual may have said to teach about the Good Samaritan, but everyone walks away with a slightly different lesson learned in their hearts—myself included. Because the ultimate goal of Sunday School is not to just memorize different stories and scriptures, but to bring us closer to God and Jesus Christ. And since I don't know where each individual stands in that regard, I have to rely on the Holy Ghost to do the real teaching. Then, on an individual basis, we all learn what we need to change to be better, more committed people.