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Hi I'm Julie

I cherish my family. I love to learn. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a musician and wordsmith.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family so received great opportunities to gain a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ since I was young. I believe that the gospel is all truth, regardless of where it may be found, so I love learning all I can and adding it to the strength of my testimony. I know that God lives, that he called and continues to call prophets to guide people and lead his church through the authority of the priesthood, that he communicates directly with us through the Holy Ghost, that he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to provide for our needs in this life and eternally, and that the scriptures are true and show how we can return to live with him again.

How I live my faith

I am a Latter-day Saint Christian all the time and I hope my life reflects that. I try to be a good steward of the earth, I provide service as I can, I continually strive to make my life reflect the Savior's.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

In The Book of Mormon is a tiny verse that helps to explain the Lord's perspective on polygamy. A prophet named Jacob is teaching some people who have justified taking multiple wives and concubines by saying they're following the examples of David and Solomon from the Old Testament. Jacob condemns this activity as "gross crime," "whoredoms," and "abominable." The Lord, he tells them, delights in chastity and requires the people of his church to keep the commandment to have only one wife, and no concubines. However, "For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people otherwise they shall hearken unto these things." Jacob 2:30 In other words, the default standard is for a man to have only one wife. Rarely, under special, specific circumstances, that standard will be suspended temporarily for certain people and a certain time, as dictated by the Lord. Similar to circumstances with Abraham and Israel in the Old Testament, such a suspension was directed in the time of Joseph Smith for specific purposes and specific situations. When the need had passed and more urgent needs supplanted it, the directive was lifted. Seeking a testimony that God calls prophets to speak the will of the Lord to his church is one key to settling the discomfort you may feel with the doctrine of polygamy. Show more Show less