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Hi I'm Monica

I love to travel. I love to learn. I love to teach. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a recent college graduate who enjoys teaching middle school, traveling, and learning. I also love reading and trying to teach myself to crochet and make jewelry. I love to learn about people who are different from me. I've had the opportunity to travel to Russia, visit France, and study in England. I can't wait for my next trip abroad.

Why I am a Mormon

At first glance, some might assume that I am a Mormon because I was born a Mormon, raised a Mormon, and never been anything but a Mormon. While all three of these facts are true, the real reason I am a Mormon is because I cannot deny the testimony I gained while growing up. I was blessed with a wonderful family and terrific leaders who helped me discover for myself that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is the most tremendous source of truth and happiness. As I have lived the gospel throughout my life, I have slowly and steadily come to have a testimony that the things I learned as a child are beautiful and saving truths that can bless and enrich my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by setting aside time for the Lord. I do this by attending three hours of Church each week, by studying the scriptures, attending the temple, and seeking opportunities to reach out to others. I make it a priority to continue to learn things about the gospel that can be of help not only to myself but to others. Can this kind of time commitment seem daunting at times? Of course! But I have found that the more I give, and the more time I set aside, the more joy I find. When I remember the joy and peace that willing participation can bring, it isn't so hard to talk myself into choosing a Church function over a nap or movie. Ultimately, I try to live my faith by relying on the Lord for strength. Life is very good at frequently reminding me that I'm not quite as cool as I would like to be, and that I frequently need the guidance, correction, and strength that can be mine if I am willing to ask.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

All are invited to enter temples, provided they meet the necessary criteria. In order to enter a temple, members must demonstrate a dedication to living the gospel. By doing so, we prepare ourselves for what takes place in the temple. There is nothing covert, mysterious, or secretive about the temple. We have high requirements for temple attendance and refrain from speaking about the happenings in the temple simply because they are sacred to us, for they teach us the most important truths of all - truths that will lead us back to our Heavenly Father. Such things are not to be received without necessary preparation, and are not to be talked about casually. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Of course we are. Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. We believe he came to earth, lived to teach us how to live, and died that we can live forevermore. He is the way, the truth, and the light. He is the only way we can be saved - if we do not let Him into our lives nothing else we do in this life can redeem us. To me, this is what Christianity is all about. We are Christ's church - He is our founder, our center, our hope. Show more Show less