Hi I'm Montserrat
I'm a Mormon. I'm a mother. I love chocolate and laughter.
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!