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Hi I'm Monica

I am a college student living with depression and anxiety. One day I am going to change the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student who dreams of becoming a world traveler. In the meantime, I am teaching myself guitar, reading every and any self-help book, and experiencing the glories of Utah. I love anything having to do with the outdoors, especially hiking, cliff jumping, and white water rafting. I have many different career aspirations. I would like to do social work within the military and become a professional genealogist to help others discover their family history. Spending my life in the service of others would make my life complete. When I am not in school, I spend much of my time studying and advocating human rights causes that I am passionate about. I have been involved with many non-profit organizations that deal with anything from self-worth to technology to helping those with disabilities. I come from a single-parent family of six boys and two girls, including myself, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Even though living a family-oriented lifestyle takes up much time, I am grateful for it everyday. I find a lot of joy in being an active participant in my family. We each of our own quirks and imperfections, but at the end of the day there is always love.

Why I am a Mormon

After my parents divorced when I was six, my family stopped attending church. I was just a young girl and did not have the courage or understanding to continue going on my own. When I was 12 years old, a group of young women knocked on my door and invited me to go to a church activity with them. At the time I had no interest in doing so and sent them away. The next week they came by again with the same chipper smiles on their faces. Despite my mothers insistence that I decline the invitation, I decided to go. It wasn't too long after that I was invited to the Sunday worship service at church. My mother told me that I would be punished if I chose to attend church. I did so anyway. Perhaps it was divine inspiration or maybe just youthful rebellion. When at church, I felt a happiness that I had not felt since I was a little girl. My growing conversion began to displease my entire family. Every week I would return home to be faced with insults and punishments. Even though I felt attacked in my own home, I refused to give up this gospel I grew to love. I was blessed to have church leaders and fellow young women who supported me through my trials. Although the threats of punishment remained until I graduated high school, I continued to attend church whenever possible. After years of praying for my family to return to the church, it eventually happened. Definitely not over night, but slowly over the course of many years. Because of this seemingly endless trial, I have been strengthened. I know that prayers are always answered. Miracles still happen today. I am lucky to say that my family now attends church happily and on their own accord. They see the blessings of the gospel in their lives, just as I always hoped they would. I could not be more grateful to our Savior Jesus Christ for the miracles He has worked to bring my family together within the unity of His gospel.

How I live my faith

I believe in being someone who lives my faith every day, not just on Sunday. My faith shows through in the way I dress, how I speak, and the things I do. Vague, I know. Although I dress according to church standards, I do not see it as a restriction of any kind. I feel comfort and peace knowing that my body is a gift from God and should be treated as such. I refrain from saying words I consider bad or mean because I would never intentionally want to speak hurtful or offensive words. As a young adult, I am encouraged to attend institute, religious classes given by the church during the week. Institute is always the highlight of my day! The teachers are always amazing and full of spiritual information and upliftment. It is also a great opportunity to socialize with others of my faith. I am part of my institutes local student council, and a major part of my service entails that I do what I can to invite others to enjoy institute, and to create a safe and spiritual environment for all who come. On a more spiritual level, I believe in taking responsibility for my personal and spiritual growth every day. The teachings of the church are 'by small and simple things'. Although they are small and simple, the basics can be difficult at times to do on a regular basis: scripture reading, daily prayer, and church attendance. I know that with the Lords help and our own motivation, they are possible to do consistently. Something I find helpful is to keep a personal prayer list throughout the day and week so I don't forget, especially when I pray before bed! I also keep a copy of the Book of Mormon on my nightstand to remind me to read when I wake up, and another copy in my purse or backpack to remind me when I forget.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Monica
The gift of the Holy Ghost is given to those who are baptized with the power and authority of the priesthood. This means that the baptized member can have the comfort and influence of the Holy Ghost as they remain worthy. The Holy Ghost has been so present in my life, whether or not I take the time to notice. I have been led out of harms way many times by his promptings; I have been given comfort in my times of despair and loneliness; I have been given strength to carry on when my depression would have me do otherwise. I am thankful that through the Holy Ghost I can feel my Saviors presence and love for me. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Monica
The Lord has given different responsibilities to both women and men. I believe that women are naturally inclined to give of themselves in complete service, while men need a little extra push, which is why they are assigned to their priesthood duties. Women are an irreplaceable asset to the church in meeting needs of individuals and families. I grew up surrounded by average women who worked everyday miracles with their faithful prayers. Because of them I know that although women do not have the priesthood authority, they are also called to the work of service, and fulfill it just as beautifully as men. “There are few things more powerful than the faithful prayers of a righteous [woman].”—President Boyd K. Packer Show more Show less