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Hi I'm Monica

I'm a college student. I recycle. I love to run in the rain, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The green part of Oregon is where I call home, so I love to recycle and be outdoors. Growing up with two younger brothers, I learned the value of sports and Saturday morning cartoons. When I'm not working out or studying organic chemistry, I like to spend my time with friends especially cooking and playing Ultimate Frisbee. Currently, I am studying to become a physician assistant and working as a CNA.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized and converted to the LDS church when I was twelve. Coming from a non-religious family, I knew about the idea of God, but I didn't really know if He existed. As a child, I struggled with the idea of death. I didn't know what happened to people when they died, and the thought of people I loved being gone forever after they passed away scared me. One night, I pleaded to an unknown God to understand if there was a place after this life where I could see my family again. I know that God lives and my prayer was heard because shortly after, a family friend invited my brothers and I to a baptism. I felt an overwhelming feeling of peace there, and it gave me the motivation to go to church on Sunday to find out more. That Sunday, we sang the hymn "Families can be together forever." I learned that the Lord has a plan for each and every one of us and that we can live with our families again if we follow His gospel. I am a Mormon because I know that the Lord hears and answers our prayers. I know that if we completely submit ourselves to the will of our Heavenly Father, He will guide us to make the decisions that will bless our lives and the lives of those we love. It may not be easier, but it will be better. The Lord wants us to be happy, and I know that we can have true happiness through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

In my ward, I help to organize events, and I serve as a visiting teacher. I strongly believe that the stewardship that I have over the women that I visit teach actually blesses my life more than theirs. I live my faith by regularly attending the temple. I find that I feel most connected with Heavenly Father when I am in His House. I also live my faith by taking every opportunity I can to serve others.