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Hi I'm Julie Heffernan

I grew up near Washington, D.C. I'm a teacher. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm serving in the Utah Provo Mission and I used to work at a Montessori School where the students there helped to remind me every day to look at the world with excitement. I played the violin occasionally and I also wrote in my spare time. I love animals and I have a cat that I rescued several years ago.

Why I am a Mormon

I was first introduced to the church by a friend while I was in high school. She invited me to her stake's girls camp and I thought it sounded like fun even though I wasn't that big into religion. On the very first day she handed me a set of scriptures and invited me to start reading the Book of Mormon. I began right from the very first page and after a few minutes I had to interrupt her own scripture reading with all the questions that had come to me in those first couple pages. When camp ended, I discovered a newfound interest in religion and continued to read the Book of Mormon. I went to camp again with her the next year and it was then that she taught me how to pray and I gave my first prayer. I had a very spiritual experience during that week which helped me to endure some stressful things that I ended up coming home to. It was then that I decided that I would be baptised but something told me that I couldn't do that unless my mom was baptised first. It took a year, but during the summer before my senior year my mom and I were baptised on the same day.

How I live my faith

My youth leaders helped me out through some tough times in my teenage years and were amazing role models to me and because of them I've tried my best to be a good role model to others, especially the youth. I'm not much older than them and I try to show them that even those of us who are younger can serve and do good for others, it's not just our parents. I also worked with the younger girls at church and helped to plan lessons and activities for them twice a month. Right now, I'm serving a mission and sharing with others the joy and blessings that I have felt.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Julie Heffernan
We know that our Heavenly Father is just and in order for that to be true, every single person needs to be given the opportunity to learn and accept His teachings. Heavenly Father’s true church hasn’t been on Earth forever and this means that there are people who lived and died without the opportunity to have it. There are people who lived and died after the restoration and never had the opportunity to learn about it. Heavenly Father has provided for a way for these people to learn His teachings and become baptized even after they have died. Our souls can continue to learn and progress even after they have left the body behind. However, in order to be baptized, a body is required and that is why we perform baptisms for the dead. We can provide the body and perform saving ordinances like baptism for another person who didn’t have the opportunity to be baptized in this life. Show more Show less