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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a wife, a mother, a writer and a geek, but chiefly, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The most important thing to know about me is that I'm a wife and a mother. I have two kids, both still quite young, that test my patience from time to time. Another important thing to know about me is that I'm an aspiring writer and artist. I like to experiment with different art forms and write poetry and stories. Much of what I do, however, revolves around my family. It's not easy being a mother in today's world. I'd so much like to see my kids grow up and be able to handle themselves as adults without making life harder for everyone else. I guess all mothers and fathers hope for that. I'm something of a computer geek and a role playing games geek, I was practically brought up on Dungeons and Dragons. I've played just about every system known to man: Champions, GuRPS, both Marvel and DC Superheroes, White Wolf, and even some Live Action Role Playing. I still have a pretty big box of comics, although none of them are in plastic bags. I also maintain a blog (listed here) where I go to practice writing. When I was younger, bad things happened to me. The results of this have been a near life-long depression called "dysthymia" which steals joy from your life. I have relied almost completely on the Savior and His love for me to help me get through the years of healing that these problems have necessitated. As a result, I feel closer to Him than I ever felt to any other person on the face of this earth. He's my best friend.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon for two reasons. First, I was born in the church and I've lived with the doctrine all my life. My mother was converted when she was twelve. My father was converted in his late twenties and they were married in the Idaho Falls temple. The other reason I'm a Mormon is because I know, for myself, that the gospel is true. When I was young, I was told that every member eventually has to be converted. I'm no exception. I know that the gospel is true. Thomas S. Monson is a true and living prophet of God, just like the prophets in the Bible. The Book of Mormon is a true book of scripture that truly testifies of the appearance of Christ in North America. Joseph Smith once said that a man could get nearer to God by reading the Book of Mormon than by reading any other book. I have found this to be true in my own life. I know that, if you read it, you will feel yourself drawing nearer to God, too.

How I live my faith

The most important way I live my faith is by teaching my children about God and Christ. I know that they will need these habits later in their lives to help support them through life in today's world. I also try to be careful not to let my writing or role-playing stray outside of my personal values. After that, I lead my women's group in uplifting music once a week during my church meetings and visit some of the other women in my church. Everyone needs a friend. Our church just takes that a little more seriously than most. Besides, we all know that, when times are tough, we tend to lean more on our friends than at any other time. Also, the church leaders can't be expected to keep track of everyone. By visiting these certain women every month, I have a chance to check up on them and then let my leaders know if they need anything that I can't provide on my own.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Julie
Easy. Study the Book of Mormon. Put the promise of Moroni (Moroni 10: 3-5) to the test. After all, doesn't it make sense to ask about the truth of something from someone who knows everything? Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Julie
The Mormon lifestyle is like just about every other lifestyle on earth, except that most of us tend to live closer to the gospel than non-members do. Just like you, we're trying to live as close to the values and ideals we believe are right. Just like you we want our kids to grow up healthy and happy. The only real difference between us and most other people is that we have living prophets and scriptures that help us know what those values and ideals are and how best to help our kids grow up healthy and happy. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Julie
The First Vision is a reference to the first time that Joseph Smith Jr. saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appear to him in the flesh. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Julie
If you knew that a member of your family died without ever getting the chance to hear the gospel and that there was something you could do to help them, such as to stand in for them as a proxy in baptism, wouldn't you? Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Julie
Joseph Smith was given the "golden plates" by an angel of the Lord.  So, believe it or not, the Book of Mormon wasn't translated by man. Joseph Smith was a common country boy with barely an eighth grade education. He couldn't possibly have written or even just translated the Book of Mormon without the help of God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Julie
Well, if you had the best good news in the world wouldn't you want to share it with as many people as possible? That's the real reason that we all try to share the gospel with our friends. Because what we believe is so wonderful to us and makes us so happy that we want to share that feeling with everyone. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Julie
Well, the temple is much more sacred than church. In church we wear our best clothing. At the temple, we always change into white clothing and our voices rarely raise above a whisper. Being in such an environment, surrounded by people likewise dressed in white, usually makes me feel like I'm already in heaven. Church is great, because, if I'm attuned properly, I feel the spirit. Since I'm not allowed to even enter the temple unless I'm worthy, the chances that I'll feel the Spirit there increase in an exponential manner. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Julie
Yes, it is. Jesus told the Jews, "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. (John 10:16)" He later told the Nephites that they were the ones he was talking about. However, he also told them that he had yet more "sheep." So it's entirely possible that the Lord also visited other locales and spoke with other peoples that we have yet to learn about. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Julie
Joseph Smith was a farm boy. That is, before the First Vision. After that, he became this era's first living Prophet of God. He organized the Mormon Church, translated the Book of Mormon from golden plates and, yes, talked with God. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Julie
The temple is a holy place. We go there for personal instruction and to obtain blessings we couldn't get anywhere else, such as eternal marriage. Mostly, though, we go there to do ordinance work for our family members who died before they could do it themselves or who never heard about it in their lifetimes. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Julie
Well, we all make mistakes, don't we? We're imperfect. Mormons believe that our ultimate goal is to return into the presence of our Heavenly Father. We believe that the only way we could possibly accomplish this is through the Atonement, which was accomplished by Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane and later on the cross at Calvary. It's our belief that Jesus Christ suffered and died to pay the price that we would have had to pay ourselves if he hadn't done so. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Julie
We're constantly told that humans make mistakes. We all know that. What not all of us know is that God is our father. As our father, he'd like for us to come home. However, you might consider God as a kind of clean freak, because he doesn't want us to come home dirty, even a little bit. Still, we all know that, no matter what we do, unless we have help, we're going to come home dirty. It's inevitable. That's where the Atonement of Jesus Christ comes in. Jesus had permission from God to open up the spiritual equivalent of a laundry service for us. In order to do that, he would have to take all our sins on us, our dirty clothes, if you will, and then suffer and die in our place, essentially washing away our sins with his blood. Thus, we can come home to God and he doesn't have to put down newspapers for us to walk on or cover the sofas in plastic and we don't have to be nervous about being dirty in his presence. Then, there's also the fact that, by taking all our sins, our human imperfections, on himself, Jesus Christ is also the only living being who can ever truly understand us, so, in a way, by becoming our Savior, Jesus has also become the best kind of true friend imaginable. So, knowing that the Savior understands our pain, it will be easier for us to lay our burdens at his feet, which action, he's said, would allow us to take up his burden, which is much lighter and easier to handle. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Julie
Faith is a fundamental belief in something that cannot be witnessed with the physical senses. In other words, belief in something you can't see, touch, taste, hear, or smell. It's like knowing that the earth revolves around the sun or that day follows night or that the earth is round or that, after winter, there will be spring. These are all things that most of us take on faith, without really thinking about it. Show more Show less

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.

Julie
Well, Mormons believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive church, that is the church as organized by Jesus Christ. Jesus organized his original church with 12 Apostles. What's more, whenever an apostle died, the remaining eleven apostles would choose a new member to fill out their numbers again. We believe that the Lord, through Joseph Smith, organized us in a similar way. Since the Lord organized both the primitive and the modern church, it makes sense that both churches should be organized in the same way. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Julie
Well, Christ's biggest message is to love one another has he loves us. As we build trust in the reality of Christ, we begin to want to obey his commandments more fully and completely. Since we spend the bulk of our time with our spouses and our children, it only stands to reason that they would be the first ones to benefit from such trust. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Julie
Not at all. The Mormon Church has all kinds of political parties. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, you name it. However, the gospel has never been about politics. It's about Jesus Christ and striving to live our lives as close to his example as possible. Show more Show less