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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a paper crafter, family history buff, a singer, a wife, a mom of a grown son and daughter and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a paper crafting addict! Rubber stamping, die cutting, scrapbooking, you name it! I also love to do family history! I sang my first solo in church when I was 3 years old on Mother's Day. As a pre-teen and teenager, I sang with several performing groups and traveled all over the country. I am a mom to a grown son and daughter and I love being their mom! I enjoy working with the women, youth and also the young children in our church--they bring me such joy! I've been married for more than 25 years to my best friend and he is the greatest husband and father in the world!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a mormon my whole life. I have a wonderful family and parents who love me. I struggled with self-doubt and some depression during my teenage years, but I never doubted the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has helped me through some very hard times, but I have come to know that He is always with me whenever I need Him. He is my Redeemer and Savior. He not only suffered for my sins, but for my pains and sorrows as well. I find the gospel of Jesus Christ a refuge from the storms of life and He strengthens me when I feel afraid or unsure. I know He lives and I know that we are all sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father who continues to guide us through a living prophet today. I know if I trust not only in God, but in His timing, He has blessings for me that I can't even imagine for myself! It is wonderful to know that I can have true joy in my life even when it seems that the world is deteriorating day by day.

How I live my faith

I have served in many leadership positions with the children, youth, and women's organizations. Along with serving as a volunteer, I am helping my children to reach their goals in becoming better people and learning to serve others with love. I visit with wonderful women every month! They make me smile and are great examples to me. I love the women's organization! They truly live by the motto "Charity Never Faileth"! These women of all ages are not only friends, they are sisters to me, and growing up not having a sister, it is a great blessing in my life. Anyone who thinks that women in my church are second class citizens or that we are subservient to our husbands are misinformed! My husband and I are true equals in our relationship. We counsel together in all matters of our family. Church is no different. No matter what organization I serve in, my insight and input is just as valued as any of my male counterparts! The priesthood is not something I hold, it is a power that I am able to draw upon each and every day! It saddens me that anyone would assume that because of my faith and beliefs, I am anything less than a intelligent, insightful, powerful and sometimes feisty woman! I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and because of that, I try each day to show Him how grateful I am for His wondrous grace and atoning sacrifice. Through many painful experiences, I know that not only can I be forgiven, but that I can forgive others as well, no matter what they do to me. Jesus is my example, my Elder Brother, my friend, and my Lord.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Julie
I think that some believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a cult because they've been told that by others and they do not question it. I know that some of the Christian book stores in the area where I live carry pamphlets and booklets on "the Mormon Cult". Much of what is written about mormons in those pamphlets is full of misinformation and half-truths. The media is also guilty of perpetuating many of these falsehoods! I really think it's sad that people will believe something written by a complete stranger but won't ask their mormon neighbors or friends weather it's true or false! Even more, I think it's sad that they won't go to the one who gives truth, even God, our Heavenly Father, to ask, just as it says in James 1:5-6. I think that if people actually get to know their Mormon neighbors and friends, they would see how much we have in common! I also think that people not of our faith still confuse Mormons with polygamists, too! We are not the same! Mormons have not practiced polygamy in over 120 years! We don't expect people to agree with us on theology, but we wish that they were open to hearing what we believe, instead of getting their information from those who spend much of their lives trying to prove how wrong we are! Show more Show less