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Hi I'm Monica

I'm a learning-teaching, holistic-healing, yoga-practicing, outdoors-exploring, Spanglish-speaking Wife and Mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and mother of three learning to love while letting go of my own plans and accepting the Lord's perfect plan for my family. I enjoy exploring the outdoors with my husband and children and all kinds of holistic health activities for myself too- especially yoga. I also really enjoy singing and listening to all kinds of music. I am a teacher at heart and have a passion for learning. I've taught Spanish and ESL in all kinds of settings. I feel a drive to share the helpful, meaningful or just plain cool things I learn with anyone who will listen. But the most fun and meaningful learning is alongside my children. I love to rediscover the world through their eyes! Spanish has been a huge part of my life- living in Mexico for a summer in my youth opened my heart to a world behind the language. Spanish also gave me the opportunity to serve migrant workers in AmeriCorps and the Lord on a full-time mission. If you had told me that I'd have a Spanish husband and bilingual children, I may not have believed it, but I truly have a corazón latino. I can't write about myself without including my faith- for it is what has allowed me to become who I am. Having found my faith at a later age, I can say from experience that I was completely lost without the light of understanding who I am, what this life is all about and what it's all for. I am eternally grateful that I have the gospel in my life and even more grateful for the personal relationship I have with my Savior Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

A Mormon family was a second family to me in my youth. I attended dances, conferences, family nights and even watched General Conference on television with them. As an identity-seeking teenager, I secretly envied the cross-stitched motto that hung on my Mormon friend's wall. It spoke of values and principles that I felt would make my life purposeful and happy. Yet somehow I thought I was outside of all that. I mistakenly believed the Mormons were born into their religion, yet I coveted the spirit and unity of their family compared to my own broken family. That family moved away and, in time, my teenage angst turned into depression. The dim became darkness when a dear friend committed suicide and I lost interest in God. All the churches I knew told me that those who take their lives go to hell. I wanted nothing to do with that god. Yet I felt Him there in the gentle breeze on the day of her funeral. He never left me, but I wandered for several years until I began to piece together a God from the good of many faiths. At 20, I sought to find God on His terms and moved from the smorgasbord approach to the yellow pages. Only weeks later, I shared about my emotional- and spiritual- disorder with a friend. She happened to be Mormon through her own association with the same Mormon family I had known and loved. She shared the plan of Heavenly Father, talking of a God who not only desires and plans for all of His children to return to Him, but who also is my Father who knows me and all my pain, loves me as- is, and is invested in my life and happiness. I was thrilled to hear that He had not created the world and abandoned it, but that He calls prophets to lead and guide the world today as He did in the past. It all rang so true! I felt I had always believed it but just didn't know there were others who believed. And when I attended church, I met those who shared my faith and were clearly helping each other to live it. Soon I was finally baptized into the church of my youth.

How I live my faith

The day I was baptized, I promised that I would serve a mission and help others seeking Christ find Him and come unto Him. I knew there were others like me just waiting to hear the restored gospel. As a Spanish-speaking full-time missionary in California, I not only preached the gospel, but also helped people find employment, found shelter for abused wives, painted a house... I love that for every interest/talent I have or seek, I can do it through church. I’m currently a Road Show Coordinator, sharing my mover and shaker personality while learning about direction/production of a musical show performed by the youth. As a recovering control addict, I'm a support person to other women who seek healing and strength through Christ to overcome fear, pain and weakness. I teach stress recovery classes incorporating 12 step wisdom, yoga and essential oils and author a website for healing and connecting with the living loving light of Christ. I also have the privilege of caring for other women of the Church through Visiting Teaching. Some of my best friends and most tender experiences have come through visiting them. I'm grateful for the built-in service that takes me away from my own little world and helps me to reach out where I otherwise may not have done so. I can say the same of compassionate service opportunities that come my way. It may seem like sacrifice, but I always receive so much more than I give. Most of all, I am doing as Jesus did and becoming more like Him.