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Hi I'm Monica

My Father's family is Catholic, my Mother's family is Jehovah's Witnesses, my friends are various religions, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

My kids think I'm crazy, and I must be because I had six children through childbirth and then adopted two more! We adopted from Ukraine, and that was the the furthest thing from my mind. It has been (and continues to be) a journey led by the hand of the Lord. It has taken me many years to grow into motherhood. I don't recall dreaming at all about a wedding or a family in my youth, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I would however be happy to trade in the dishes for mowing the lawn. At least the lawn stays nice for a few days! In a nutshell I love the outdoors, adventure, smiles, laughter, animals and children who are sleeping! In all honesty nothing can replace the love of family. They bring out my worst to help me become my best!

Why I am a Mormon

At an early age (5th grade) I asked my parents if I could stop attending CCD. (Catholic training) To my siblings surprise, my parents said okay. I started attending any church I was invited to. When I was thirteen, witnessing and recognizing a miracle put me on a journey along a surprising path. My brother was working on a Noah ship in Alaska. He was flown home, hospitalized and then sent to our home to be cared for. His body was swollen like a balloon. We had him on a bed in our family room. One night the Dr. stopped by. I heard him inform my parents that if my brother kept swelling, he would literally split open, there was nothing that could be done. Within an hour, two men in white shirts and ties entered our home and laid their hands upon my brothers head. My father and I remained in the room while a blessing was given. I remember the powerful and distinct feeling, a calm and powerful peace - it felt familiar to me. When they left, I commented to my father about what I felt and asked if he knew what it was. He remained silent. Within hours the swelling began to subside. It was the first miracle I recall witnessing. I felt the power of God! I asked my brother who those two men were and what it was that I felt. His answer surprised me. “Those men hold the Priesthood of God, find a Mormon.” Find a Mormon? I didn’t even know what a “Mormon” was. I had never heard that word. The next day I went to school and told everyone at the lunch table about the miracle I witnessed. I mentioned that my brother told me to find a Mormon and I had no idea what I was looking for. It turned out that two of my friends at the table were “Mormon.” That was the beginning for me. Over time I learned that the Power of God had been restored to the earth! I learned that God the Father and Jesus Christ are two separate beings, and I recognized that God hears and answers prayers. I continue to find truths, when I ask of God. I am His child and so are you!

How I live my faith

I grew up in a religious home, for that I will always be grateful. My parents taught me how to respect others beliefs and honor any who taught about Jesus Christ. I have loved learning about Jesus Christ my whole life. Today I love working with the youth, there is nothing sweeter than seeing a love for God and themselves grow within them. I actually love the chance being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints gives us to work in all kinds of capacities. We all have talents, but we all get a chance to grow too! I love organizing activities for the youth. I love helping them pass their limits and realize they can do more than they thought. Right now I am helping with girls camp. I know hearts can be touched when we are surrounded by the beautiful creations of God. I love being a part of helping them experience feelings of how precious they are in the sight of God. I was not a member the first year I attended girls camp, but I will never forget the feeling I received as I listened to the words of the song “I am a Child of God” under a star lit sky. I have not been the same since. I love seeing how much the youth can do. One of my best memories was watching a group of ten girls put on a 9/11 memorial for the community. We had other religions participate and over 1000 people attended. Another event was when our youth were nominated by an Inter faith council for the service they did in our community to help various neighbors in need. The youth are our future, and they are rising to the challenges! We have to set the example through daily living,(prayer, scripture study and service) but I believe that our youth will be even better than we are at listening to the Holy Spirit and holding on to the word of God. I love the fact that each generation can become stronger and stronger.