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Hi I'm Monica

I am many things, and I am also a Mormon.

About Me

Hmmm, where do I start? I very recently became a mother to a beautiful little girl. She has made my life infinitely better and more rewarding. About a year and a half before our daughter was born, I married my husband. A few years before I met my husband, I graduated from nursing school. I have been working as a critical care nurse since 2007 and find a great deal of satisfaction in my work. I work outside the home, and while this is a difficult thing to do, I know it is a sacrifice the Lord approves of for my family. I find a lot of joy in my work, but I have felt no greater joy than from the day to day life of being a mom. I have always been a sporty person. I play basketball, snowboard, hike, camp, run, cycle and love to compete in races--especially triathlons. Motherhood has slowed the frequency of these activities immensley, but I do the best I can to create time for myself when I can. 

Why I am a Mormon

 I was born and raised in a Mormon home. I was baptized when I was 8 years old. As a teenager, I decided I wasn't going to be one anymore. I was inactive from the church for many years. I went out of state for nursing school away from my family to a place where I literally knew no one. I was lonely and I started to notice that nothing filled the void I felt in my heart. I was constantly searching for something to fill that void. I recognized that what I was lacking was a relationship with my Heavenly Father but I was too scared to commit myself to the "rules" of being Mormon. Suddenly one day, some members of the church knocked on my door and invited me to church. I decided to go, and have ever since. My testimony grew little by little. I knew I made the right decision when that void was filled and I finally felt a feeling of contentment. Now that I have been an active member of the church for years, I can say I've never been more happy and at peace with myself. I have had many experiences where I have felt a spiritual witness that this is the true gospel of Jesus Christ. And those witnesses that I've had over and over is why I have decided to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

 I try to be an active member in my community. I look for opportunities to serve others. I make meals for homeless families as well as our Mormon missionaries whenever I can. I have taught the youth in Sunday School. I currently put together meetings for the sisters where we can come together and learn something new or learn about the gospel. Recently, I was able to teach the sisters in a class the signs and symptoms for stroke and heart attack. Teaching others the things we know helps us all become stronger and closer together.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Monica
When I was pregnant, I was blown away that my body has the capacity to create another living being. When I hold my daughter, I am amazed that she is a creation of me. Creating another life has deepened my belief that there is a God. A knowledge of the intricacy of our bodies is something near unfathomable. Being a nurse, I am blown away at how smart our bodies are! The more I know about how our bodies function, especially when trying to save its life, is a sure testament that there is a God. I full heartedly believe that our very being is a sign that there is a God.  Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Monica
Well this is a loaded question! There are tons of books out there on our beliefs about grace. If there is enough to be said about grace that books are written about it, I'm not sure a quick blurb will be sufficient. From my own personal study on grace, I have found that there are many misconceptions on what this means. Mormons believe that we are saved ONLY by grace, after all we can do. This doesn't mean there is a checklist of 'have to's' before you qualify for grace, but it does mean that we must work out our salvation with God. I have concluded that this means that we must continually repent of our sins and realign our will to the Lords. Repentance isn't a one time only thing. It happens daily. We qualify for grace as we enter the waters of baptism and make a commitment with our Savior that we will follow Him. After that, all we must do is continue to live up to the commitments we've made to Him. It takes action on our part, but we can never "earn" our way to heaven. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Monica
The husband and wife are equal partners in a marriage. One is not above the other. Each have specific and unique roles that are inately within them. While there are separate roles within a marriage, neither is of greater significance to the other. They work together to be one strong unit. As husband and wife, if children are blessed within the marriage, they both have the sacred obligation to teach their children in all matters, both spiritual and not.  Show more Show less