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Hi I'm MJ

I teach refugees and immigrants. I play the oboe. I married a Finn. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I teach English to adult immigrants and refugees in the Boston area and I'm working on a graduate degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Having a mother that grew up in Mexico, I don't like to go too long without some good Mexican food, and having worked in Korea, I'm happy to have recently found a good source of kimchi. I'm newly married to a Nordic man and we are loving married life.

Why I am a Mormon

Going to church, praying, studying the scriptures, and serving in the Church bring me indescribable joy. I feel I have a connection with God and that I receive guidance and direction from Him. I feel I have a purpose in life, and opportunities to encourage and lift others around me.

How I live my faith

I am delighted to interact with a variety of backgrounds and cultures daily. I relish diversity. I tell everybody I know that I'm Mormon so that when someone is curious, we can have great, open conversations about beliefs. They don't know it, but I pray over my students frequently. I seek divine help in teaching them and helping them adjust to life in the United States. In the past, I've directed choirs, taught three-year-olds, planned social events, worked in a camp for teenage girls, and taught emergency response classes. I love being a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!