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Hi I'm Monique

I grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and grew up with my mom and two sisters. I come from a multicultural family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Im a wife and a mother. I studied Psychology and Speech and language pathology, but currently work as a home maker. It can be very challenging but my husband supports me a lot. My husband is about to graduate and start his first real job. Being a student's wife is also very tough but I count on my family and friends to help me though. Oh and a lot of Skype! Most of my day is spent with my little son who was born extremely premature(25weeks). It was one of the hardest experiences of my life, but with a lot of prayer and fasting everything turned out fine. Great really! He is thriving and hitting all his milestones for his adjusted age. I am very grateful to my heavenly father for sending me my little son and allowing him to spend time here on earth. I also have a little girl who was also born very early and only spent 2 hours with us. But I know she is waiting for us and it's my job (as well as my family's) to work hard to be with her again. Right now I'm enjoying party planning and photography. Both things bring me tons of joy!

Why I am a Mormon

My mother taught me about the church. She converted from Catholicism in Peru and taught us her conversion story. It was a tough one as she continues to be the only one of her immediate family who was baptized. As a child I went to church and tried my best to do as I was told. I had a lot different examples in my life to choose from but as a child it was easy to follow my mom while my sisters began to chose differently. My sisters and I are 10 and 11 years apart so they reached the time of real free agency way before i did. As i got older more serious temptations started to come but I didn't like how i felt when I chose wrong. I felt alone and just didn't feel happy. I continued to go to church and work though my troubles. I began to be more diligent in my study of the Bible, Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants. I began asking the Lord to answer my questions about the gospel and about prophets. I did this and waiting for my response. I always kept my eyes open to them, because I knew the Lord promised to answer His children who truly seek to know. An answer was given to me. i felt the spirit of God at Church and as I read the scriptures. I finally knew for myself that it was true. I couldn't deny it.

How I live my faith

I work as a member of my ward by visiting sisters who need friends. Everyone needs a friend or a visit now and then. Even me! I also like to invite the missionaries to visit my family and work together to spread the gospel. I enjoy going with them to visit new families and share my testimonies with them. Most people like to see "real, regular people" and to hear their experiences. I also host family nights and invite other families, members and nonmembers, to come over and share a little lesson, play games and eat snacks.