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Hi I'm Esther

Hi, y'all. I'm the third child in a family of six, fortunate enough to have been born into the church, to goodly parents.

About Me

I am 19 yrs old. I'm going on an LDS mission. ... very soon. While that is a nerve wracking and slightly terrifying thought (as is learning a new language and leaving the country), I couldn't be happier. I know that this is what I'm supposed to do. As for hobbies? I like to sit around and be lazy, and I like to sleep and avoid work if at all possible. This sounds terrible, but I want you all to know it, because I'm still going on a mission. I want you to know that this was a hard decision for me, but I chose the path less traveled, and I'm going to get to the end of it if it's the last thing I do. On a lighter note, I also like to be overly dramatic, sing, play piano and trombone, write (my own works and fanfiction), draw, read and watch as many good shows as I can get my hands on. :) So, to cap that all up ... I like the arts.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this faith, and trust me, I know just how that sounds. Maybe some people will say I'm brainwashed, having been learning about this stuff from a young age, but if there's one thing I have certainly learned, It's that I have my free agency. I get to choose what to do with my life, and I do. Every day. I've chosen to go on a mission, and I've chosen to be worthy to visit the temple. I've chosen the Mormon, life, because after a year of introspection in high-school, I decided that whether or not it's wrong or right, It's better. I FEEL better. I feel better when I go to church, I feel better when I play the hymns, I feel better when I say a prayer ... I FEEL the SPIRIT. Now, there have been times in my life when I've considered whether or not what I'm doing is right. I've thought about how maybe God didn't create the Earth. Maybe Jesus wasn't our Savior. I've considered what the world would be like without my beliefs, and it didn't take me long to realize that without God and Jesus, there would be no world. I have a staggeringly wonderful imagination, and I can't imagine my life without them (why would I want to?). So in the end, I'm very glad I was born into it. I'm the type of person that enjoys doing nothing, and just scraping by in life. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints doesn't let me do that, though. They require service, time and sacrifices from their members, and if I hadn't been born into it, I'd be hard pressed to try it out. But having been born into it, and having tried it out, I know for a fact that my life is better for it. Service, sacrifice and repentance are part of me, and I couldn't be gladder for it, no matter how hard it may seem, because I know that God has a plan, and not following it would be foolish of me, when it's the only way I can get back to him.

How I live my faith

Fasting is difficult, especially if you're at home, near the kitchen. Some neighbors of ours started the tradition of singing to the old folks at the community nursing home nearby after church once a month. It allows you to bring a smile to so many lonely faces, and as an added bonus, keeps your mind off of food (which, let's be honest, that's really hard on fast Sunday. ... really). So. I participate in Ward choir 'n stuff (I absolutely love to sing, and I can sing most parts, barring bass). I go to women's meetings with my mom, and I even play piano for them occasionally (terrifying). Anyway. Difficult though it sometimes is, I manage to read scriptures every night, and say my prayers. I'm learning to do it in Spanish, to prepare for my upcoming mission (I'm choking, it's so soon I may just die of anxiety), and I've already memorized the first article of faith for it. :)

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Esther
Of course you can come! So, the biggest part of church every Sunday, and by far the most important, is taking the sacrament. Hence the name "Sacrament Meeting". We take the sacrament to remember the promises we mad to God, our Eternal Father at our Baptism. It, in effect, makes us clean again (and who doesn't want that?). We try to stay worthy to take the sacrament, and if we have a heavy sin weighing on us, we usually refrain until we have talked to the Bishop, gone through the repentance process and are ready to really let Christ's Atonement make us clean again. During sacrament, you're supposed to think about Christ his great sacrifice. You can also think back to the last week and evaluate your experiences, and how often you listened to the spirit. Then, you can resolve to do better the next week. After sacrament, we usually split up to Sunday school. This is where you can actively ask questions, and get answers. Different ages end up in different classes, and different months are usually dedicated to learning separate parts of our Gospel. The other meetings we go to split us up. The men go to their Priesthood meetings, the women go to Relief Society and the kids go to Primary. There, we have another lesson. Now, this may seem long, and sometimes, it is, but it's always worth it. Show more Show less