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Hi I'm Julie

I have faith in a loving Savior who was resurrected for all mankind. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into a family with loving parents and three sisters. I grew up in a home that was filled with laughter and happiness. My parents taught me when I was younger the importance of developing my own testimony of the gospel. I left home after high school to start my life as a young adult. I graduated from college with a teaching degree in elementary education. I married my handsome husband in the temple. We struggled to start a family and prayed for that blessing for seven years. Our son was placed in our arms by a loving birth mother who gave us the opportunity to become parents. We loved our son and our lives revolved around him. My husband graduated from optometry school and practiced for six months and our son was 33 months old when they both died tragically from drowning. My family was taken from me so quickly and we did not even get to say goodbye to one another. I miss them so dearly. I am taking comfort in prayer, the kind service of others, and the knowledge that we can be together forever after this life. We were sealed together in the temple after the adoption of our son was finalized and I find great comfort from knowing that those sealing promises are real and will bring us back together again. I am so thankful for a loving Heavenly Father who provided a way for us to return to Him someday.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are Mormon. They taught me from a young age to pray and read my scriptures. They taught me that happiness comes from being obedient to the commandments. I remember when I was a teenager reading from the Book of Mormon one night and the Holy Ghost confirmed to me that the Book of Mormon was true and a book from God. That testimony helped me stay strong to my beliefs throughout my teenage years and into young adulthood. I knew that I wanted to be sealed in the temple one day and marry a man who could promise me those blessings. Because of our temple marriage, our marriage will exist in the next life to come. Our marriage does not end at death. It will continue on forever. We will be a family unit in the next life. We will be reunited and hug once again. Those blessings mean everything to me. I have felt such comfort and safety from being a Mormon and have felt so loved by those who I worship with. There is a feeling of love in our congregation and concern for welfare that cannot be found elsewhere. After my husband and son passed away the members of our congregation put their arms around me and carried me though something that was unbearable to do alone. They served me, loved me, listened to me, and offered to help in any way they could. I am so thankful. I am looking forward to returning that service to others for the rest of my life.

How I live my faith

My husband and I served for almost ten years with different youth groups in our church. We loved teaching them and helping them make decisions that would bring them closer to their Savior. Our little son, was attending a church class that taught him to pray, sing, and share and play with other children his age. We said family prayers every night and read from our scriptures together as a family. On Monday nights we would try to teach our son a lesson about our faith and do something fun together as a family. Our little son was learning to pray and say things he was thankful for. We loved our neighbors and invited them into our home to get to know them better. Right now, I am learning what it means to ask the Savior to help me feel that I am not alone. I pray to feel His love and feel the comfort of the Holy Ghost. I read my scriptures daily and try to find meaning to what has happened to my husband and son. I am starting to serve others again and trying to move forward with my life. I miss my husband and son so dearly. I am trying to live as the Savior did so that one day I can be reunited with my husband and son and the Savior can put his arms around all three of us.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Julie
I know there is a God through prayer. When my husband and son drowned, my son's body was recovered quickly. The search and rescue teams searched for three days for my husband's body. I prayed that volunteers would continue to search, and they did. I prayed every day that his body would be found. Loved ones, friends, and strangers also prayed for this. I remember feeling that I couldn't do it anymore. That I couldn't continue with such pain and suffering and I needed my husband to be found. I never have prayed so fervently, pleading with the Lord to lead the searchers to my husband. My husband's body was recovered almost a week from when I first reported them missing. The search and rescue divers had told me it could take up to six weeks to find him. I knew that through my prayers and those combined prayers of people around me, that God had heard our pleas. He answered our prayers in the midst of a terrible tragedy. My husband and son were able to be laid to rest on the same day and we were able to have a funeral service for both of them. I was so grateful. They needed to be together and God knew I needed that to happen. I believe that God heard our payers and answered them. I know that He loves me and has been helping me through each day I am living without my family. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Julie
Before we were born we lived with Heavenly Father as spirits. We choose to come to Earth so that we could receive a physical body, choose between good and evil, become more like our Heavenly Father through trials and adversity, and form family relationships that can continue beyond this life. When we die, the body and spirit are separated once again. When Christ comes to the Earth again the Resurrection will occur and the physical body and the spirit will be reunited. We will be perfect and those who are worthy will live in Heavenly Father's presence again. Mormons believe in the sealing power that is promised in the temple. In the temple, husband and wife are sealed together and are promised if they remain worthy, that their marital relationship will continue forever. Children as a result of that marriage are also part of that sealing promise, to be with their parents for eternity. This is a beautiful promise, to be with our loved ones again. It's a promise that is helping me move forward as I come to terms with the death of my husband and son. I miss them, but I know that I will one day have the opportunity to be with them again. Show more Show less