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Hi I'm Monique

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in France. I migrated to the United States when I was 19 years old.

About Me

I am a mother, but also a grandmother. My husband is in the process of retiring which means that we will start doing more travelling, especially visiting our grandchildren which are spread in different states. We would like to discover places of the United States we don't know, as well as some other countries. I love to read novels. I enjoy mysteries, fantasies, and clean love stories. I love to read also classics, especially English writers like Charlotte Bronte, Shakespeare, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Charles Dickens.

Why I am a Mormon

During my early childhood I believed in the existence of God. But by the time I was a teenager I could not understand how God could really exist. If He did there would not be misery in the world. But by the time I turned 17, I had a change of heart and started thinking a lot about the purpose of my life and about the reality or non-reality of God. While many of these thoughts were in my mind, I met the Mormon missionaries. Through them I learned quickly about the Plan of Salvation. I learned that I am a child of a Heavenly Father, that He is the Father of his spirit children. We lived with Him before we came to earth. He loves us so he had a plan for us to grow and become more like Him. This plan required us to come to earth and receive a body of flesh and bones. In that plan we also needed a Savior. Jesus offered himself to be our Savior. He came to earth to teach us about love, faith, hope, and Heavenly Father. His other mission on earth was to take upon himself all the sins and the pains of the world. Can you imagine, one person feeling in his soul and body not only all the sins that each one has done and will still do, but also all the pains that each one have felt or will feel. What he did for us is not wasted if we try to live our life according to the commandments, and use the power of repentance when we fail to do what is right. Our time on earth is like being in school. We are here to learn, to love everyone, to become more like God. The spirit told me that what the Mormon missionaries were telling me was true. I had no doubts in my mind. I prayed and knew of the truthfulness of what they shared with me. I was baptized into the Mormon Church, known by its real name The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in May 1973 in France. I finally knew who I was. I am a child of God. He loves me. He wants me to be happy. He wants me to keep striving to become more perfected.

How I live my faith

I go to church with my family each Sunday. On that day we don’t go shopping or have outdoor activities. I love going to church. Though we are there 3 hours, it does not seem long at all. On Sunday I am reminded of what Jesus Christ has done for me, I am reminded of what I need to do in my daily life to return to my Heavenly Father, also my desire to be a better person is renewed. I try to study my scriptures every day. As a family we try to read the scriptures together each day, and we also have family prayers every morning and every night. We try to love everyone. I teach my children the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have a church calling which consists of making sure every sister in our ward or church community has their needs met. Through that calling I have met more people than I usually would have. We try to help each other.