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Hi I'm Monica

I live in Utah. I'm a mother, I love to read and ski. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother. My husband and I have been married for 22 years and we have three children, one boy and two girls and a mini labradoodle puppy. I graduated from college with a degree in Psychology, but instead of working I have decided to stay home to raise my children. Before we had children I worked as an event coordinator, which was a job I really enjoyed. My interests have varied over the years, but I love to read and am always reading at least 5 books at a time! I love music as well. I studied the piano for several years as a child and music brings me joy and peace. I have also dabbled in running and have completed one triathlon and three half marathons. I also love to work in my yard during the warm months, and I love to ski during the winter. I also truly enjoy watching my children participate in their different activities which range from lacrosse, swimming, ballet, band performances, piano and flute recitals. Another thing I love to do is travel. We love to take our children to new places so they can experience different cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel blessed that I was born into a family that had a knowledge of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. I have never really questioned my faith. There have been times that I have not lived it in the way that I know I should have, and during those times my life felt empty and dark. Although I was still going to church and praying, it was only when I fully returned to the loving arms of my Savior that I learned where true happiness and peace lie. I can testify that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real. It has blessed my life. I have felt His forgiveness and love, and I continue to feel it each day as I strive to live my life in a way that shows Him that I am trying my best. I am so grateful for my faith, for my knowledge of my Savior and His infinite Atonement. Not only has it helped me overcome sin, but it has helped me overcome my sorrows and disappointments. I have learned that the Lord never leaves us alone, but we must reach out and take His hand and trust in Him. He loves each and every one of us so much and wants us to return to Him! The gospel is everything to me. I am so blessed to have the perspective it gives me, especially as I try to raise my children in a world that is becoming increasingly evil. The great news of the gospel resonates loudly to me - Jesus Christ lives! He loves us! What a blessing it is to know that!

How I live my faith

My faith is one of the most important things in my life. Currently, I work with the 12 and 13 year old girls in my church unit (called a "ward"). On Sundays, I get to teach them lessons about how to come closer to Jesus Christ and on Tuesdays we gather as a group and participate in activities that help to strengthen our friendships through service and other fun activities. One of my other favorite things to do at church is play the piano for the young children as they learn different songs. In addition I participate in a program we call visiting teaching. A few years ago I served as the president of the organization for the women in our ward. I was responsible for the spiritual welfare of almost 120 women. I realized quickly I could not do this alone! It was vital to have the other women participate in the church's visiting teaching program. This program is designed to allow women to personally watch over and teach specific women in the ward. We are responsible to contact them and make sure that they and their families are doing well. If there are needs, we work together to help fulfill those needs - like providing meals if the mother has had a new baby, or has been ill. It is a great privilege and blessing to be able to minister as the Savior did; it is when I serve that I truly feel the assistance of the Holy Spirit in my life. My church gives me many opportunities to serve through the many different callings I have had throughout my life. When we are serving others we are truly in the service of our Lord.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was written by several prophets that lived before, during and after Jesus Christ was born and after His crucifixion. The difference between the Book of Mormon prophets and those of the Bible, is that they lived in the Americas, not Jerusalem. (With the exception of Lehi and his son Nephi, who did live in Jerusalem but were told by the Lord to flee because of the wickedness there.) It is named the Book of Mormon after one of these ancient prophets named Mormon. Show more Show less