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Hi I'm Julie Bustos

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I consider myself to be a combination of an orthodox and liberal mormon. I support the lifestyle teachings of the church (policy on drugs and alcohol and chastity) and I also support gay rights. I work as a marriage and family therapist in Taylorsville, Utah. In my free time, I love to watch independent films (went to the Sundance Film Festival religiously for about 10 years), hike with my maltipoos, choreograph hip hop tap dances, read biographies of pop culture luminaries like Andy Warhol and keep up with the world of fashion and art. While Mormons are known for having big families, I don't know if raising kids is for me. I got married to a Mormon male at the age of 32, so I was well into my career as a therapist by the time my husband came along. I'm still contemplating whether kids are right for me and just enjoying what I can make out of life with my career and my hobbies.

Why I am a Mormon

Worshipping Christ in the Mormon setting fits for me. I love the doctrines taught in the Mormon faith about the plan of salvation. These doctrines give me so much peace to know that my deceased loved ones are close by and that there will be a reunification with them. These doctrines of a next life and family being forever brings me great comfort.

How I live my faith

My partication in the Mormon faith is mostly punctuated by worshipping in Mormon temples, where I feel a great deal of peace and a true exit from the chaos of this world. In the temple, I have been inspired that we truly have a loving Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ who wants to guide us in our earthly lives and back home to them one day. In my church congregagtion, I teach Sunday School to the 9 and 10 year olds. This year, we are studying the New Testament, with a strong emphasis on what it means and how to be a disciple of Christ.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Julie Bustos
I always wear dresses or skirts to church, which is common for most Mormon women, but it is not expected. The idea when it comes to dressing for services is to dress in a manner respectful for visiting the house of the Lord and in a modest manner. Some women in my congregation occassionally wear pants, but it is always done in a manner of trying to look attractive and well kempt. Back in college, I had fun flairing up my ensembles with vintage dresses from local thrift stores and fishnet stockings. Some women dress up for church with high fashion style while others come in a more casual and less fussy version of dress, such as a denim skirt and leather flip flops. When it comes to dressing for church, there is no uniform expectation. People are free to pick from an array of styles that are most comfortable and becoming to them. For instance, while a lot of men favor a long sleeved button down shirt with a tie, my husband is most comfortable in a short sleeved button down shirt with no tie. Show more Show less