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Hi I'm Julianne

I have four kids, I'm a new grandma, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am both a mother and a grandmother and absolutely love being both! I have been married for nearly 31 years. My husband and I are both graduates of Brigham Young University and are true blue Cougar fans--we especially love BYU football. We live in Utah and have four children--two boys and two girls. We have two sweet, little granddaughters. They are cuties and so much fun! Most of my life is focused on our family. I have been a stay-at-home mom for most of our marriage. We love doing just about anything with our family. We love the mountains, cabins, hiking, and beaches. Some of us run marathons and ski. We enjoy taking family vacations together--especially to Disneyland. Our youngest son has autism, and Disneyland is his favorite place to visit. Our family also enjoys being involved in service. We volunteer with Special Olympics and our children have been involved in other service organizations. We also find great fulfillment serving wherever we are called to serve in our Church.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors were pioneers who crossed the plains from Nauvoo, Illinois, to the Salt Lake valley in 1848. I feel extremely blessed to have been given this heritage, because I am inspired to live a better life as I reflect on the examples of my ancestors in all that they sacrificed for the sake of following the true gospel of Jesus Christ under all circumstances. Although I was born into the church and was baptized when I was eight years old, it was necessary for me to gain my own testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel. My testimony and conversion to the truthfulness of the Church, the Book of Mormon, and Joseph Smith as the latter-day prophet of the Restoration has come to me as I have actively attended church and studied the Book of Mormon and the Bible and pondered the teachings of Jesus Christ. Through my study of the scriptures, pondering their messages and sincere prayer, Heavenly Father has confirmed to me through the witness of the Holy Ghost the truthfulness of all these things. I have felt the witness of the Spirit come to me many times to confirm these truths. Those witnesses have come to me in various ways. I have felt pure joy and profound peace. I have had distinct impressions and thoughts come into my mind concerning the truths I have studied. I have felt the Spirit of Lord fill my entire being and teach me truth. These have been sacred, personal experiences. These witnesses from the Spirit strengthen me to live my faith and to remain true to Christ in all of the challenges that have been a part of my life. I feel eternally grateful to my Father in Heaven and to His Son Jesus Christ for this knowledge of what is true.

How I live my faith

I have been a member of the church my entire life, and weekly church attendance and church service are a big part of my life. I have served in church presidencies and on planning committees for the women who attend my congregation. I have also taught Sunday classes for people of all ages from the children in the nursery to the youth and the adults as well. Teaching adults the gospel is the most rewarding church service for me, because I get an added opportunity to thoroughly study the scriptures which I love with all my heart, because I know that they are the words of Christ. Our family also serves in the community. We volunteer our time with Special Olympics and also with an organization that promotes decency in our community. The most important way I live my faith, however, is through the daily choices I make such as how to treat other people and whether or not I focus on serving others and whether or not I am becoming a better person through following the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. I strive to do my best to live the gospel by keeping God's commandments and keeping the covenants I made with Him at my baptism and in the temple.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Julianne
We believe that all people must be baptized by the proper authority and by immersion for the remission of sins in order to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. Because not all people have an opportunity to be baptized in this manner while they live on the earth, our Heavenly Father instituted baptism for the dead so that those who passed from mortality without being baptized can still receive that important ordinance. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Julianne
Yes. We do believe that the Bible is Holy Scripture and the word of God. It is one of the four Standard Works that we study on a regular basis in our Sunday School classes. The four Standard Works include the King James version of the Old and New Testaments (the Bible), the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. The church's eighth article of faith states in part that, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly." In other words, we believe that the Bible is the word of God but that a few of the plain and precious truths that were once a part of the Bible have been lost through translations and other ways over the many centuries since Christ lived on the earth. The content in the Book of Mormon helps clarify what some of these lost truths are. Therefore, we believe that the Bible and Book of Mormon go hand in hand to help teach the fullness of the Gospel to the inhabitants of the earth. Both of these volumes of scripture testify of the divinity and teachings of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Julianne
We believe that the Holy Ghost is a personage of Spirit and that he is the third member of the Godhead which Godhead also consists of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost is also known as the Comforter who can gives us guidance, direction, and teaches us truth. He also testifies to us of the divinity of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and testifies to us that both Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father live. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Julianne
No, we do not worship Joseph Smith. We revere the prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr., as the prophet through whom Jesus Christ restored the fullness of His gospel to the earth in the early 1800s. We do worship Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Julianne
The husband and wife are equal in importance in the family, but they serve in different roles within the family. The role of the husband is to preside in the home as well as provide for his family and to protect his family both physically and spiritually. He is to love his wife as Christ loves the church as the Apostle Paul from the New Testament teaches. He is to be tender, loving, and kind. The role of the wife in the family is to be the primary care giver and nurturer of the children in the family. She should also be tender, loving, and kind. Both the husband and wife are to help each other fulfill their roles within the family. These differing roles of the husband and the wife help provide a healthy atmosphere within the home that helps create balance, happiness, and the greatest opportunity for success for all members of the family. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Julianne
We believe that Jesus Christ is divine and that he is literally the eldest spirit son of God the Father. We also believe that he is the literal son of God in the flesh in that he was born of Mary at Jerusalem. That is why Jesus Christ is called the Only Begotten Son of the Father in the flesh in the Bible. We also believe that Jesus Christ atoned for our sins, died on the cross, was resurrected, and lives in heaven with our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Julianne
Yes. A husband and wife who are married for time and eternity in the the temple are sealed by God, and they will be together forever as long as the husband and wife keep the covenants (promises) they have made with God and with each other that are a part of the marriage sealing ordinance in the temple. As a result of this marriage sealing ordinance and obedience, all of the children born to this husband and wife will live together as a family forever in heaven. Show more Show less

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

Julianne
No, the church does not endorse political parties. We believe that members of the church should study the issues and the candidates of all political parties and be actively involved in the political process to ensure that the best person is voted into office. Political party affliation is a matter of choice for members of the church. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Julianne
The law of chastity is the law that God has given us to help us know how to remain clean and pure. It is a law of conduct with regard to morality. We are counseled to read, view, and listen to media that is "virtuous, lovely, and of good report, or praiseworthy" to quote Paul from the New Testament. In keeping our thoughts clean and pure, we are then able to keep our actions clean and pure. We believe in abstinence before marriage and full fidelity after marriage. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Julianne
We believe that all people regardless of race or color are sons and daughters of God and that all people are welcome to join the church and receive all of the priesthood blessings. Only worthy male members of the church regardless of race or color may receive the priesthood; however, all members of the church may receive the blessings of the priesthood. Show more Show less