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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a Tig welder, a long distance cyclist, a sculptor and a single mother of five

About Me

I have five beautiful children four sons and a daughter. I joined the church as a teenager in Colorado. I've been active in sports my entire life and attended college as a student/athlete majoring and graduating in Fine Art. I have spent the last thirteen years creating bronze pieces of children, women and grizzly bears....oh my! My hobbies include supporting my children's music and athletic endeavors, home renovation, flower gardening, kayaking, cycling and service.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family where my parents never spoke of God. They are wonderful people and extremely Christlike, but I always had questions about why I was here. One day, while my family traveled along the front range of the Rocky Mountains, I had a very strong impression that the mountains had not just occurred, but were created. I knew at this point that they had been created for us. Once I knew that there was a God, I knew that there were specific things that he would have us know, and do. I began a search. The feeling of the Spirit was something I became familiar with, even as I searched for a church. I noticed that at times, I would feel an overwhelming calm and peace, accompanied by JOY in my heart. Other times when I attended various churches, this same feeling was absent. Eventually, at the age of 15, I came in contact with some Mormon youth. As I watched them, I felt the JOY that I had been searching for. I agreed to take the discussions and as the Elders taught me, I felt an overwhelming outpouring of the Spirit and a knowledge that what they had taught me was true. My coming into the church and having a knowledge of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is my most valued possession. I am grateful and thank Heavenly Father each day for the gifts of knowledge he has given my family and me.

How I live my faith

My first career is being a mother. Sculpting inspirational bronzes is my second profession. I try very hard to live the golden rule no matter whether I'm working with my children, sharing my art, or on a long bicycle ride. Simple things resonate with my soul.....Sometimes even a smile can make a difference. I try to smile a lot.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

One of the most amazing blessings and truths of our time is that the Lord has the same order for spreading his word as He did when Christ was upon the earth. We know that the Lord has a chosen a prophet for our day to lead and guide us in making choices that will help us progress and navigate the challenge we face during this time period, just as He had prophets like Noah, Adam, Abraham and Moses during ancient dispensations to help the people living at that time. He has also called twelve apostles for our days who act as special witnesses of Christ. It is the same order that was followed when Christ was upon the earth. How amazing it is that the Lord has sent us a prophet for our day! Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

A true understanding of our divine birth right as the literal sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father is the first line of attack in combating the current plaque of pornography that is sweeping our society. If I understand just who I am, why I have been placed in this mortal existence, the earth, and what my divine commission is....then I can have no desire to harm my spirit nor anyone elses by focusing on or participating in activities or thoughts that take me away from my eternal purpose. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

The services at a Mormon church are unlike any other church I have ever attended. The Sunday service is broken up into three parts. One segment separates the women and the men into classes of instruction where they learn ways to divinely honor their responsibilities as daughters and sons of our Heavenly Father. Another class is Sunday school, where the doctrines of the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price are studied and discussed. The third segment is called sacrament, because of its reference to the Last Supper of Christ and the opportunity we have to partake of bread and water in remembrance of what has been sacrificed for us and in an effort to continue to live as a disciple of Christ. In this meeting members of the church often are called upon to prepare sermons or talks that are assigned by our congregational leader, the bishop and his counselors. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Sometimes as a missionary, I met people who felt the spirit of the Lord and realized the truthfulness of the principles we taught, however, they were afraid. Afraid of committing themselves, changing their lives and what might be expected of them as members of the church. I wished at the time, that I had had the ability to express how free I feel in living the gospel. Living the gospel does not take things away from an individual's life....on the contrary it frees us. When I choose to live by the truths that were revealed to us through the Lord Jesus Christ, and His servants, I am free to experience JOY, LOVE, HAPPINESS, and PEACE. Instead of worrying about things that have no ability to improve, direct or change my life, I am committed to a live of becoming more like my Heavenly Father. Show more Show less