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Hi I'm Julie McClellan

I'm a mother of five and a grandmother of nine. I've spent my adult life in Oregon raising my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a life long learner and love discovering new insights and understanding through study. I graduated from college with a degree in American History. I was able to stay home and raise my children without needing to work outside the home. I love creating things with my hands like baking bread and stitching quilts. I love the outdoors and enjoy walking and an occasional bicycle ride. My husband and I just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. Reading to my grandchildren is one of the joys of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

A better question might be why I've stayed a Mormon. I was born into the Church and had my parents' and grandparents' good examples to follow. But there comes a time when everyone must choose for themselves whether or not to commit to living the gospel as Mormons understand it. I have made that commitment over and over again because I have had experiences that have taught me that God is my Father, that He knows me and loves me and is pleased with me when I follow the commandments. I guess you could say my testimony is a practical one. As Jesus said, If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself (John 7:17). Only good things have come into my life from being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Everything about the Church is meant to build people up and make them the best they can be. There is no teaching or activity that is downgrading or hurtful. As a woman I feel supported and appreciated for my contribution. I've served in Church teaching and leadership positions since I was 14. All the service I have given has developed my character, helped me overcome weakness, and strengthened me during trials. Here's an example. I have struggled with social anxiety since I was a child. I always wanted to be friendly and social, but was blocked by anxiety and fear. I can honestly say that I have overcome this disability in large measure because the Church offered so many opportunities that helped me overcome and learn to express myself well in front of groups large and small as well as in one-on-one situations. I love the Church and I can't imagine life without it. I know that God spoke to the Prophet Joseph Smith and that we have a living prophet at the head of the Church today. I know that Jesus is my Savior and I love Him with all my heart.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a seminary teacher for high school students. My 19 students are freshmen through seniors. They all get up early and come to seminary every day before school starts. Our class begins at 7:20 a.m. and we are studying the Old Testament this year. This is a challenging assignment for me because it involves daily preparation and teaching. I find it very rewarding when my students demonstrate their desire to learn and their interest in the scriptures. Before this assignment I was the president of our women's organization and was responsible for classes and activities for over 100 women. I loved that position because of all the interaction with the diverse set of women in our area. I made lasting friendships and learned organizing skills and developed Christlike qualities such as compassion and patience. Over the years I've worked with cub scouts and pre-school children. I've sung in choirs and participated in neighborhood and city wide events. One of the very best programs the Church provides is called visiting teaching. Two women are assigned to visit a few other women each month. During the visits we build friendships and try to be of service to each other whenever there is a need. I have taken meals to mothers with new babies; I've made hospital visits; I've given rides to appointments or events; I've cried and laughed with these women who have become dear friends and sisters. Visiting people in their homes is what Christ would do if He were here. That's what visiting teaching is and how it has blessed me and countless others.