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Hi I'm Monica Irvine

My husband & I own 3 restaurants serving Southern Cuisine. I personally own an Etiquette Company and I'm Mormon.

About Me

Hi. I am a mother of one son & a step-mom to two sons. I created a manners company 5 years ago to help teach children manners. My husband and I stay busy running 3 restaurants and keeping up with our boys. We both come from a long line of wonderful cooks so being in the restaurant business is a real love for us. You haven't had great food until you've had some "Southern Cookin". I also Home School my youngest son who will be a sophomore this year. I love the Home School community because we are surrounded by Christians who are striving to keep God in their child's education. It is not easy, but so many days when my son and I are sitting there studying social studies or science, etc., he will ask a question and all of a sudden we are engaged in a deep spiritual discussion and I think to myself, "What if I wasn't home schooling...we would never have had that discussion." Then I thank the Lord for impressing upon my mind years ago to Home School. It has been a real blessing for us. I love to play tennis, run, and workout. Here lately I have been doing those "Insanity" workouts and yes, they are INSANE, but so fun. I love to challenge myself physically. I volunteer for CASA which is a wonderful organization that helps children. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. If you've never heard about it, google it. They need lots of volunteers and it's so rewarding. I love the United States and thank the Lord everyday for living in a FREE COUNTRY!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon because I love the Lord. I see the Savior in every aspect of the church. I love that the Lord loves us so much that he has given us a prophet on earth today, to lead us and guide us in these troubled times. It is such a comfort to me. I'm Mormon because when I read the Book of Mormon, it testifies of Jesus Christ and has helped me to know him and love him in a way I had not known before. When I read the Book of Mormon, I feel closer to my Savior and think to myself, "why can't everyone know of the love and truth in this book." It has blessed my life in ways that there are no words to describe. I'm Mormon because the Spirit has testified to me through my heart and my mind that I am where the Lord wants me to be. The Spirit or "Holy Ghost" is to me, one of the greatest blessing God has given us. He's given us a way to know whether what we are doing, hearing or seeing is good and of God or is not good and not of God. What a miracle that is. When I make wrong choices, I feel the fleeting of the Spirit, but as I repent and strive to do better, I feel the warmth and peace that comes from the Spirit. It is an amazing and beautiful gift. I'm Mormon because I love my family. I believe that the Lord has placed us on Earth in families so that we could catch a glimpse of the love that he has for us. I know that I love my children so much that all I want is for them to be happy, to have joy and to always be close. I know that my Father in Heaven wants the same for me. I am his daughter. He is my Father. He loves me. He wants me to come home someday after I have reached my full potential. He's given me my family to love and to cherish. I know that he has made it possible for me to be with my family for eternity. This is real. I am Mormon for many other reasons, but the main reason I am Mormon is because I love my Savior Jesus Christ and I know that the Savior leads this church. It is his church. It is his teachings. He lives.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one day at a time. Striving to follow in the Savior's footsteps in no easy task and is not something that I claim to be very good at, but I do try. I am so grateful that the Lord made sure we have the New Testament available to us to allow us to read about the Savior's life while he was on earth. It gives me a road map to try to follow so that I will end up where he is. That is my hope. As a Latter Day Saint, I have had many callings in the church. Right now however, I work with the Women of the church in the Relief Society. I'd like to say that it is all fun and games but in reality, sometimes it is quite a sacrifice. But...with that sacrifice comes great joy and peace that I don't think I could acquire any other way. Being in Relief Society gives me opportunities to serve others in so many ways as well as helps me to learn many skills. Last night I went a visited a lady who had just joined the church. It was so good to visit her and feel her excitement of finding what she called, "Home." A couple of months ago, I was able to serve with my family and other church members as we put on a workshop for children at a local Children's Home. We helped the children learn life skills, perfect manners and make fun crafts. We also played games, ate treats and just had a good time. Last week I was able to get together with other women in our women's group and learn how to make homemade pie crust. It was so fun and the pies were amazing. I love learning new skills like this, especially things that remind me of the past. Yesterday, I was able to go and help a lady that recently lost her husband to make a financial budget so that she could learn to manage her new income without her husband. It was very difficult for her but making the budget gave her peace about moving forward. Serving in the church means many things but mostly it gives us opportunities to serve as the Savior would. Serving to me, is the essence of Christ Like Love.

What is being a Mormon like?

Monica Irvine
Being a Mormon is living a full life. It is most definitely a way of life. We love to eat, socialize, laugh, dance, play, learn, love, get crazy and get loud. We also love to pray, sing, worship, study, sacrifice, give, help, serve, cherish, work, and strive. Mostly, we find joy in striving to live in a manner that would be pleasing to God. We make mistakes. We cherish and revere the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We would be lost without it. We know we have a purpose. We know there is a plan. We know that we cannot comprehend the beauty, joy and happiness that the Lord wants to bless us with. We hope that he will except our lives as testimonies of our faith in him. We hope that through our actions and words he will know of our love for him and our appreciation for all that he has done, is doing and will do for us all the days of our lives. We love our Savior and it is a gift and pleasure to be apart of his great work on the earth. That's what being a Mormon is like. Show more Show less