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Hi I'm Julianna

I am an ordinary woman. I am a wife. I am a mom. I am happy. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, a mom, a teacher, a nurse, a taxi driver, a judge, an enforcer, a costume designer, a maid, a chef, an advisor, a hair stylist, and a financer amongst other roles that crop up every day. I planned on the first three jobs; the rest--that's part of being a mom! I love reading, writing, learning to quilt, learning to garden, going on walks, and being with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because I have found answers to the hard questions that arise in life through the teachings found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am a daughter of God. He cares for me and has a plan for me. I am important to Him. I lived with Him before I was born. I have felt His love as I see the beauty in this world, as I have had each of my newborn children placed in my arms, as I see the goodness of others' helping others. Jesus Christ is my Savior. He has made up for my mistakes, my inadequacies, my struggles by taking those from me or by taking me through them and giving me peace as I repent and try again. I can be happy now, because of Him. I can return to God and to Jesus Christ with my family after this life, because of my Savior. His Church has been brought back to earth. The simple faith of a young man, Joseph Smith, in asking the question of which church he should join was answered as God and Jesus Christ appeared to him. He was directed and authorized by Jesus Christ to bring back Jesus Christ's church. I know who I am. I know my purpose here on earth. I know where I am going. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am happiest when I help others. This is what Jesus Christ taught and it IS true! I help in my youngest son's school class. I have the best time, helping little people figure out the mystery of reading. They keep me smiling and young-at-heart! In the Church we each have a job that helps us serve others. I am currently helping the children and their teachers in church congregations. I get to sing with them, read the scriptures with them, teach lessons with them, and learn with them. It is a terrific place to be. I, along with another friend, also visit four other ladies in my congregation every month. I have made friends with ladies I might not have gotten to know otherwise. I love it. If they are sick or feeling gloomy we try to help them. I also have friends who visit with me every month and make my days bright.

What is the First Vision?

In 1820 a young man, Joseph Smith Jr., was attending many different churches in upstate New York. He was searching for the true church of Jesus Christ. During this time of searching and pondering, he read in the Bible in James 1:5 that if any one lacked wisdom, to ask God and He would answer. Joseph thought about this scripture. He knew he had questions and needed answers. On a spring day, he went into a quiet, secluded groove of trees to pray for answers. As he prayed earnestly, a pillar of light descended and in that light he saw two people. One called his named and pointed to the other person saying, "This is my Beloved Son. Hear him!" These two people were God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Joseph asked his question of which church he should join. He was answered he should join none of them. God had a work for Joseph--to bring back the Church of Jesus Christ with its authority and blessings. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes. We believe in Jesus Christ. Everything we do and learn revolves around Him as our Savior and Redeemer. We try to live as He taught. We try to love and serve others as He did. We learn of Him as we read of His life and His teachings in the scriptures. We know that it is only through Him that we can return to live with our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less