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Hi I'm Monte

I grew up in Norman, Oklahoma, where I was baptized a Mormon.

About Me

Where I grew up in Norman, Oklahoma, the BIGGEST thing was Oklahoma Sooners football. My dad played for the Sooners, and my brothers and I are still die-hard Sooners fans. When I was a teenager, our church congregation used to clean the University of Oklahoma football stadium to earn money to build a new church building. We would attend the football game on Saturday afternoon, and then work all evening to clean up the stadium! Working together as a congregation had a great unifying effect. Today I am happily married and am a father of four children that range in age from 12 to 21. Although raising and teaching our teenage children is not easy, my wife and I enjoy this phase of our lives more than any other.

Why I am a Mormon

Simply, I am a Mormon because I have received a spiritual witness, over and over, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also referred to as the Mormons) truly is Jesus' church. For some, the notion of a spiritual witness may seem unusual -- especially for a practical guy like me. But each time I have made the serious attempt to pray and seek the truth, I have received a peaceful reassurance that I am in the right place doing the right things for me and my family.

How I live my faith

I have the opportunity and responsibility right now to lead a Mormon congregation of approximately 400 members, with a particular focus on working with approximately 100 young men and young women between the ages of 12 to 18. My favorite part of the responsibility is meeting one on one with each unique young person to talk about their challenges and what will bring them lasting happiness.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Monte
No, Mormons aren't required to serve missions. Young men are encouraged to serve at age 19. I remember when I faced the decision to serve a mission. My family and I had been converts for just a few years, and I wondered if I knew enough to help others. Then I realized how much the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught by His prophets and apostles, had helped my family. My parents' marriage had become solid. We were committed to one another as family members. The teenagers in our family had a clear picture of what standards of behavior God wanted for us. After realizing what the gospel had meant to our family, I summoned the courage to apply to serve, and the Lord's prophet called me to serve in Guatemala. Que bendicion! What a blessing! Show more Show less