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Hi I'm Monique

I'm a feisty Latina, wife, mother, and doctor.

About Me

I grew up in a gang-infested neighborhood. It was a rough time for many reasons, but I always felt that God had a plan for me. By a combination of sheer grit and some lucky breaks, I made it out of the 'hood and eventually became a physician. Now I live in suburbia, but I haven't forgotten my past. My beloved husband (he's rad) and I try to teach our kids about social justice and instill in them an appreciation for their heritage. My hope is that they will lift up the down-trodden, care for the poor, and seek justice for all. Until then, keeping their mocos off my MCM furniture is all I ask. (And apparently even that's asking too much.)

Why I am a Mormon

It started out as a "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em" sort of experience. I got into a doctrinal debate with my now husband who happened to be a newly returned missionary when we met. As an early response to our heated discussions, I took a class called 'Saints in Society' at my secular college. It might as well have been called 'Apostasy 101,' because it totally demolished the concept of apostolic succession (upon which I had been relying). Not wanting to admit defeat, and not having felt the Holy Ghost at this point, I asked God to point me to a verse that would help strengthen my given faith. I decided to hedge my chances of hearing what I wanted to hear by selecting only from the Catholic Apocrypha. Much to my surprise (and devastation) I was led to a Tobit 14:5 which speaks about the rebuilding of Zion and its temple after a falling away. Then and there, I knew I had to get baptized. The cerebral aspect of my conversion was solid, but I went through a few sets of missionaries before I could commit to baptism. Eventually I ended up with a pair of elders who cared about me personally (just like Christ) and taught me to recognize the Spirit. During a lesson on the eternal nature of the family, I began to feel something and my elder picked up on it. He bore testimony of the Holy Ghost and His ratifying power, which confirms the truth. From then on, I was converted both mind and spirit, and was eventually baptized. That's the How of why I'm a Mormon, the Whys are many: - The ennobling doctrine about Eve (What can I say? I'm also a feminist.) - Salvation for those who were never baptized in this life - Continuing revelation - Temple work - The restoration of plain and simple truths (not everything is supposed to remain a mystery) - Eternal families

How I live my faith

When the Holy Ghost prompts me to do something, I do it. This has yielded some amazing results. Not too long ago, I felt impressed that my husband and I should befriend an inmate at an in-state prison. The fellow grew up on the South side of Chicago and my heart aches for him. I won't defend what got him in trouble, but I understand that all the cards were stacked against him, even before he was born. He became a statistic. He knows it, and he regrets it. We've been able to talk about the power of The Atonement and how even someone in his circumstances can have hope because of Jesus Christ. Day to day, I live my faith by trying to have some hope for myself. Growing up in the inner-city, it's really easy to get pessimistic and bitter. I've been through a lot in my life already, so you can imagine how disappointing it was for me to come down with an illness when I thought I had passed the toughest part. Now I have a chronic disease and I'm calling on all the faith I have to get through it. I've yet to make sense of it all, but I know there have been tender mercies. Through my suffering, I've also learned more about the Savior and I believe that makes me a better friend to others. I also go to the temple regularly, almost every week. I want everyone to have a good experience there.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Technically no, but let's face it, there are a lot of Republicans up in here. Somehow this Democrat from the blue island of Chicago ended up in a super-conservative ward boundary and oh-my-goodness things got real this past election season. While I would prefer not to go through that again, what I got out of the experience was a reminder that the Church is neutral (and true), and I can't let the doctrines of men get to me. Some people ask if it's an oxymoron to be a "liberal" Mormon, but for that I refer them to the Book of Mormon, Mosiah Chap 4:16-19: And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish. Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just— But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God. For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind? Show more Show less