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Hi I'm Mánon.

I am an English and Drama teacher. I now live in Colorado with my wonderful husband and beautiful baby girl. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Even though in the past I have been a Drama and English teacher for junior high and high school students and absolutely love it, I am currently a mom and Master's Degree student. While I was pregnant I started my Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and would like to eventually teach at the college level and do some private counseling. Two years ago we had our first baby girl and even though I had an Epidural, I nearly died from a major artery tear in my neck during childbirth. The hospital doctors said that I was 1 in 100,000th person that this ever happens too at this young of age. They started blood thinners right away but soon and dangerously quickly my artery blood clotted closed. Then they put me in ICU for fear that I would have a blood clot to the brain. They said I would have a 1/3 chance of my artery reopening. I was very scared that I might die and was having horrible migraines everyday. I was quickly realizing that I couldn't do even the simple things like chores around the house or even a simple drive to Walmart, for I could not stand too long without feeling dizzy and passing out. After multiple prayers, blessings, being transferred hospitals, having extensive tests done-CT's, MRI's, Neuro checks, blood draws, etc., my artery has opened up and now for the next year I have to be regularly tested and on blood thinners but I AM ALIVE! I am so happy that God has blessed me enough to live, be with my sweet husband, and watch my little baby girl grow up.

Why I am a Mormon

At 15 years old, I read the Book of Mormon. I wanted to know if this book was true. I knew that Christ lived and died for me and knew the bible was true. So why couldn't other scriptures be? It spoke about the Americas, another people that God truly cared about. Did God just end with the Bible? And were Jews the only chosen people? Didn't he care about me too? I then got on my knees and asked God with all my heart. I knelt beside my bed wanting more than anything to know. And before I had even finished my sentence, I knew it was true, my heart felt it strongly, my mind knew it assuredly, and I had a clear confidence that was unmistakable. All of it, the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, and a Prophet today that would testify of Christ, the gospel, his resurrection, our mission on earth, and would humbly listen to Heavenly Father to give us guidance. When I was 24 years old, I wanted to know more about Joseph Smith. Who was he? What did he go through to help us know more about Christ and the plan of Happiness? So I went on a tour of Joseph Smith's life from birth to death. I was able to stop at many sites with Joseph praying to God in the Sacred Grove, to him and his brother being murdered in Cartridge Jail, Illinois. At one tour site, Martin Harris came to debunk Joseph Smith and instead within less than 3 days he knew without a doubt that Joseph saw God and began helping Joseph transcribe as Joseph translated the Book of Mormon. The next site was more heart wrenching, as I visited Ben Johnson's Farm I felt strongly the sadness and nightmarish fear of Emma and Joseph as they lost their little baby to the cold elements that night, as Joseph was ripped from their sleeping bed, tarred and feathered, and made to drink poison which almost killed him. That's when my testimony was reaffirmed. No man or woman would continue on with such persecution and not believe without a doubt that God had a plan for all of us and it was to be testified to the world.

How I live my faith

First I'm an amazing wife and a sweet new mother! I am glad to be alive! And I am so thankful that I am here to teach and see my little baby daughter learn and grow. It's exciting to know there is so much more beyond this life because with that knowledge it gives me reason to progress on even through trials. I have seen that through each trial I have learned something. Many times I haven't wanted to go through certain things but if I'm going to have to go through it, I'd better learn something or it's all a waste. And I certainly don't want to have to go through it again! There is just so much for us to learn and do in this life that without everyone of us doing a part, sharing their talents, and giving service life would be empty. In my ward I teach a Gospel Principles class, I also am a visiting teaching supervisor to make sure all other sisters in the church get a visit to their home, a spiritual message, and to check with them to see if their families are doing alright. In my community I help can foods like delicious peaches, jams, meats, sauces, etc., for those in need. I also soon will be auditioning for our local community theatre here in town and volunteering once a week for a Psychiatric Clinic nearby.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Mánon.
Pornography sneakily and cunningly devours the soul until self worth is robbed, relationships are ruined, with constant images that make it hard to reverse the process. But there is a way to end this addicting vise through professional counseling, seeking the counsel of a church bishop or pastor, setting up healthy boundaries such as putting up internet security filters, allowing limited password holders, setting the computer in public areas so others may walk by, going to bed early, pray, read uplifting literature, etc. Speaking to those against pornography, President Hinckley said: “The building of public sentiment begins with a few earnest voices. I am not one to advocate issuing threats in the faces of legislators. But I am one who believes that we should sincerely and positively express our convictions to those given the heavy responsibility of making and enforcing our laws. The sad fact is that the minority who call for greater liberalization, who peddle and devour pornography, who encourage and feed on licentious display make their voices heard until those in our legislatures may come to believe that what they say represents the will of the majority. We are not likely to get that which we do not speak up for. Let our voices be heard. I hope they will not be shrill voices, but I hope we shall speak with such conviction that those to whom we speak shall know of the strength of our feeling and the sincerity of our effort.” (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, pp 130) Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Mánon.
Our primary family worship service is called sacrament meeting. This meeting is held in our chapels on Sunday and lasts approximately 70 minutes. Visitors are more than welcome to attend. It is common for all ranges of people from single individuals to families attending, and we are accustomed to having children as part of the congregation. A typical meeting consists of the following: ■Hymns: Religious songs sung by the congregation (hymn books are provided). ■Prayers: Offered by Church members. ■Partaking of the sacrament (communion): The sacrament consists of prepared bread and water, which is blessed and passed by priesthood holders to those in attendance who wish to do so. ■Speakers: Typically a meeting will have two or three assigned speakers. (Note: We do not pass a plate or request donations as part of our worship services.) Visitors are also welcome to attend other Sunday meetings that precede or follow sacrament meeting: ■Sunday School classes are offered for each age group, beginning with 12 year olds. ■Primary meetings consist of a group service and age-oriented classes for children 3 through 11 years of age. ■A nursery is available for young children, ages 18 months to 3 years. ■Young Women meetings provide classes for those 12 through 17 years of age. ■Relief Society meeting is for women, ages 18 years and older. ■Priesthood meetings provide age-oriented classes for males 12 years and older. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Mánon.
Yes, we celebrate most all calendar and national holidays including birthdays (mine being one of the best of course;), anniversaries, and most particularly Christian holidays such as Easter and Christmas because these two events are the most spiritually significant days in history because of the Jesus Christ birth, suffering, death, and Resurrection. For church we dress in our Sunday best in respect and reverence for our Heavenly Father. Usually this means some sort of modest short sleeve or long sleeved top and at least knee length skirt or dress for girls; and a dress shirt, tie, and slacks for guys. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mánon.
They are educated, they are mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, they work, they are professionals, they make political choices, they vote for those who they see best to support their country, they have likes and dislikes just like everyone else, they make mistakes, they learn from them, they live the Ten Commandments, they live the Word of Wisdom (abstaining from caffeinated teas, coffee, tobacco, cigarette's, and alcohol), they read the Bible, Book of Mormon and other inspiring talks and scriptures, they may want to listen to Christian music but they also listen to rock or whatever other genre of music they enjoy as long as it is not degrading to the soul. Yes, we are equal. We may have different roles like that of mother, sister, father, brother, but we are equal. The Apostle Paul taught that “neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 11:11). In the sight of God, and in the marriage relationship, men and women are equally important. Show more Show less