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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the wife of a very busy surgery resident and the mother of three boys. I'm a college graduate and die-hard Sun Devil. I enjoy being outdoors, especially camping and hiking. I love college football season. I could spend all my time reading history books or doing puzzles. I've been able to live in two amazing foreign countries: in Mongolia as a missionary and in the Caribbean island of Dominica during some of my husband's medical training.

Why I am a Mormon

Although both of my parents are members of the church and I grew up going to church, I had to learn for myself that the gospel is true. The way I have learned that it is true is by trying out the teachings and commandments. For example, when I wanted to learn if the Book of Mormon was true, I read it and prayed about it. When I wanted to know if keeping the Word of Wisdom, the Lord's law of health including no alcohol, tobacco, or drugs, would bring blessings, I followed it. Every time I have tried to follow a commandment or promise, I have been blessed and learned that what I believe is true. The biggest confirmation for me is that I am truly happy. Life is still difficult and full of challenges and trials, but when I live according to the gospel, I am happy, especially because I know that God is my Heavenly Father and wants me to be happy and Jesus Christ suffered for my sins and pain so I can repent.

How I live my faith

I try to keep a personal relationship with my Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ through prayer and repentance. I work hard at keeping loving relationships with my husband, parents, siblings, in-laws and sons. I try to teach my boys to be good people, neighbors and friends, and to have faith. I try to make my neighborhood and community a better place by being an example, standing up for my beliefs, and finding common ground with those of other faiths. At church I get to share my testimony with the 12 and 13-year-old young women in my congregation.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Julie
Of course not! Throughout my years as a member of the church, I've helped many people who aren't Mormons. For example, when I was a missionary I taught English classes in the local schools. When I lived in the Caribbean, I helped teach an English class at our church for anyone who wanted to come and worked with children to improve their reading skills. It is so important to contribute to society as a whole and the communities we live in. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Julie
Part of being a member of the church is the opportunity to serve others. We serve in our communities, schools, etc. and we also serve in our church by have a "calling" or responsibility. In that way, we each get to serve without monetary gain to help the other members of the church come closer to Jesus Christ. Show more Show less