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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a mom to four. Sometimes I write books. And I would die without sunshine. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California and I'm happy to be back after many years living in Utah and New York City. I love books, ballroom dance, and my iPhone. I live for my husband and four young children.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon makes me happy. Each time we move (five cities in eight years), a new group of Mormons is ready to welcome us. Mormons have many programs and activities that are great for kids: camping, singing, public speaking, and learning how to sit through three hours of church. All of these things are great, but I would be Mormon even without them because I believe what they teach about Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ is God's Son, and that his Atonement makes it possible for me to be forgiven of my sins. I know that God loves me, and I feel his love through my participation in the Mormon religion.

How I live my faith

I try to teach my children to be kind, obedient, and loving. We have weekly family nights, where we pray, sing, have a lesson, and an activity and treat. We read scriptures and pray daily as a family, as well as individually. I also like to listen to talks given by our prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, as well as the twelve apostles, through the Mormon Channel app on my phone. I volunteer to teach a church class to women once a month, where we discuss topics like kindness, forgiveness, unity, families, charity, and obedience. Most of all, I try to become a better person all the time--to live with more honesty, more kindness, and more optimism.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Not only are the clergy unpaid, but so are the many teachers, leaders, and events organizers that help out every day. Most Mormons are assigned an optional duty to perform on a regular basis, from playing the organ for Sunday services to overseeing a hundred missionaries in a foreign country. At different times in the past I've been in charge of teaching the young children's music class on Sundays, teaching the women's class on Sundays, and facilitating community outreach in my area. Currently I teach a monthly class to the women in my area. I've performed all of these jobs without pay. In doing so, I have helped others, and learned so much myself. Mormons also take turns speaking in church on Sundays, allowing us to teach each other and learn more ourselves. Since none of us are paid for our work, our motives are pure--we perform our work only to serve others and to serve Jesus Christ. Show more Show less