Hi I'm Julie
I live in the Washington, DC area. I have degrees in English and Library Science. I work as a research librarian. I'm learning to be a runner, a knitter, and a photgrapher. I love being outside anywhere from the mountains to the beach, being with friends and family, and discovering new places and things.
Why I am a Mormon
I'm a Mormon because the I believe in Jesus Christ. I know that He lived and was sent to earth as part of our Heavenly Father's Plan. I know that He died for our sins and suffered for our sorrows and pains so that he might know how to succor us. I know that He was resurrected and that if we follow Him, we will be able to return to live with Him and Heavenly Father. I know that Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet to restore the church that Christ established while he was on this earth. The priesthood, or the power to act in God's name, was part of this restoration. I am overwhelmingly blessed by the priesthood. The priesthood enables ordinances such as baptism and the sacrament to be performed which are necessary to return to Heavenly Father. It also allows for me to recieve blessings of comfort and healing. The joy that comes from knowing these things is unmatched by anything else. I grew up in a family where my mom is a member of the church and my dad is not. My dad was always supportive of what we wanted to do and so is supportive of our participation in the church. My mom, sister, and I are all active in the church. My mom is a great example to me of service and love. It is because of her that I was raised in the church and I am grateful for that.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
I first read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover when I was 19. I have been a member all my life, and had read part of it, always knowing that it was the word of God. Reading the Book of Mormon many times since then has helped me to know the nature of God and His Son, Jesus Christ. I can read how God delt with his people in ancient times and liken it to my life now since God is constant. I'm able to learn from the examples of the people in the Book of Mormon and follow their examples of drawing closer to God. The Book of Mormon brings the Holy Spirit into my life, allowing me to feel God's love and peace. I find answers to questions by showing my willingness to be obedient in reading the scripture regularly. These things are constant as I do my part, which keeps me coming back to the scripture and strengthens my relationship with God.
How I live my faith
On a daily basis, I pray and read from the scriptures and sometimes review talks given by the prophet, apostles, and other church leaders. I try to find ways to open my heart to those that are around me. Sometimes this is a note, or helping someone move, or simply a smile. I am the president of the women's organization (the Relief Sociey) in my congregation. I attend a congregation especially for young single adults (ages 18-30). There are Relief Socities in every congregation of the church. As president, I watch after the other women in the congregation, making sure their spiritual and temporal needs are being met. I know each of them by name and love them and serve them in the best way I can. We meet as a Relief Society as part of our church services every Sunday. I also participate in a program called visiting teaching. I am assigned to work with one other sister and together we are assigned to visit a few other sister. Each month we try to meet together and catch up and talk about the gospel. This program has taught me a lot about love and friendship.