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Hi I'm Montserrat

I'm a Mormon. I'm a mother. I love chocolate and laughter.

About Me

I am a mother of elevenn beautiful children. My family and I live on a farm where we raise mostly alfalfa hay. We homeschool our children. I enjoy photography, classical piano, gardening, sewing, baking, and blogging. I have a rich cultural heritage. My mother is Mexican, my father is half Spanish half American. My ancestors are important to me. They have set an example of faith, strength in adversity, and love.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in God, that I am His daughter and He loves me. I am grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, who atoned for my sins, providing a way for me to repent. When I was 13, I really started studying about the Atonement. I memorized the hymn "I Stand All Amazed" which led me to search the scriptures and gain a testimony for myself that Jesus Christ is real. Here are the words to this, my favorite hymn: 1. I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me, Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me. I tremble to know that for me he was crucified, That for me, a sinner, he suffered, he bled and died. [Chorus] Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me Enough to die for me! Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me! 2. I marvel that he would descend from his throne divine To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine, That he should extend his great love unto such as I, Sufficient to own, to redeem, and to justify. 3. I think of his hands pierced and bleeding to pay the debt! Such mercy, such love and devotion can I forget? No, no, I will praise and adore at the mercy seat, Until at the glorified throne I kneel at his feet. I know that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. The fulness of the gospel, which had been lost from the earth, was restored through Joseph Smith. He translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God. I have read it many times. I know it is true! I have gone to the Lord in sincere prayer asking for a confirmation of its divine truth. I have felt the assuring power of the Holy Ghost testifying to me that the Book of Mormon is true. It has been a guide in my life as I try to teach my children about Jesus Christ. I want them to know no matter how difficult the journey may be or how dark the night may seem, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ blessings will come as we show our faith in Him. As the Apostle Paul stated “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby” (Hebrews 12:11). So my husband and I teach our children by praying with them everyday, studying scriptures with them everyday, singing hymns everyday, living our religion everyday not just on Sundays. "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2 Nephi 25:26) I am a Mormon. My faith, my religion, is very important to me. It is the foundation upon which everything else rests. My belief in Jesus Christ keeps me going through the tough times, brings me joy in the good times, comforts me when I am down, and guides me every day. Mine is not a passive faith. It is one of action. It is my life.

How I live my faith

I teach early morning seminary. It is a class where high schooled aged youth come to learn about and discuss the scriptures. We meet early in the morning before school starts each day. The dedication of the youth to get up earlier than normal to learn about the scriptures is inspiring! Music is a huge part of my life so being able to lead the ward choir has been a joy. To sing praises and bear testimony through song is beautiful!

What is the Relief Society?

Relief Society is the Lord's organization for women. Every woman 18 years of age and older, whether single or married, is a part of Relief Society. The purpose of Relief Society is to teach, guide, and inspire the daughters of God to do good works, help those in need, and bring our families to Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

I have seven beautiful daughters. They are growing up so fast! I'm a little intimidated about raising them in a world where the likes of Britney Spears, J-Lo, and Madonna are flashed across magazine covers wearing clothing that degrades. That is not what I want for my daughters! Does modesty need to be a thing of the past? I answer an emphatic NO! The women I sited above are the extremes in immodesty. It is the subtle hints of immodesty here and there - in a McDonald's Happy Meal toy, Barbie dolls, Disney Princesses - that are a cause of concern for me. It is also increasingly difficult to find modest clothing in stores, even for a four year old! I was talking to a good friend on Sunday. He is single, 26, a really good man, but very discouraged. "Is it too much to ask a woman to dress modestly? Does she not think enough of herself? The tightness of clothing worn by some women is very disturbing. Why wear anything at all if it's going to be that tight?" His questions reminded me of a quote by Dallin H. Oaks. Elder Oaks was initially talking to the men of our church about the evils of pornography but then he added this warning to the women, "And women, please understand that if you dress immodestly, you are magnifying this problem by becoming pornography to some of the men who see you." Dallin H. Oaks, “Pornography,” Ensign, May 2005, 87 Being modest in dress is important to me. I'm trying to teach my daughters that you "choose your clothing the way you would choose your friends—in both cases choose that which improves you and would give you confidence standing in the presence of God. Good friends would never embarrass you, demean you, or exploit you. Neither should your clothing." To Young Women by Jefferey R. Holland The word modesty means "measured". It also means: 1. the quality of being modest freedom from vanity, boastfulness, etc. 2. regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress, etc. 3. simplicity moderation. Modesty does not just apply to clothing. It also applies to thought, language, and behavior. In Corinthians we learn "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are" 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 What would happen if we all treated our bodies as temples? "The result would be a dramatic increase in chastity, modesty, observance of the Word of Wisdom, and a similar decrease in the problems of pornography and abuse, for we would regard the body, like the temple, as a sacred sanctuary of the Spirit. Just as no unclean thing may enter the temple, we would be vigilant to keep impurity of any sort from entering the temple of our bodies. Likewise, we would keep the outside of our bodily temples looking clean and beautiful to reflect the sacred and holy nature of what is inside, just as the Church does with its temples. We should dress and act in ways that reflect the sacred spirit inside us." I love that quote from Susan W. Tanner's talk Sanctity of the Body. The way we dress is a reflection of what we are on the inside. As a mother I'm trying hard to set a good example for my daughters to follow. I want them to feel good about who they are, to be accepting of themselves, including their body shape. Beyond just the way they dress, I want my daughters to be modest inside, to develop an inner beauty of spirit that glows in their outward appearance. I want them to feel confident as daughters of God. One of our beloved prophets, President Gordon B. Hinckley expressed how I feel perfectly. He said, "Woman is God’s supreme creation. Only after the earth had been formed, after the day had been separated from the night, after the waters had been divided from the land, after vegetation and animal life had been created, and after man had been placed on the earth, was woman created and only then was the work pronounced complete and good. Of all the creations of the Almighty, there is none more beautiful, none more inspiring than a lovely daughter of God who walks in virtue with an understanding of why she should do so, who honors and respects her body as a thing sacred and divine, who cultivates her mind and constantly enlarges the horizon of her understanding, who nurtures her spirit with everlasting truth." “Our Responsibility to Our Young Women Oh, how I wish that all women of the world could come to know that for themselves! Can you imagine what a difference it would make in our homes, communities, nations, the world? I may not be able to affect the world's view on this issue but I can teach my daughters and son to value modesty. I can teach them that they do not have to follow the immodest fashions of the world in order to feel good about themselves. I can teach them that modesty does matter. It is important. Show more Show less