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Hi I'm Juliann

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi my name is Juliann. I am an writer, composer, lyricist, graphic designer, web designer, and inventor. I have a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, a Master of Science in Psychology, and am in the dissertation phase of my PhD in Religious Studies. My hobbies are karaoke, playing guitar, preparedness, learning, and using any kind of tool. I am an eclecticist; interested in and involved with a highly diverse set of interests, hobbies, and endeavors. The list includes, but is not limited to, auto-body painting, limited mechanical work on the same, plumbing, electrical house wiring, remodeling, sandblasting, interior decorating, refinishing wood furniture. I have worked as a CNA, a medical secretary, office manager, unit coordinator, relief camera operator, staff/family liaison, non-profit organization administrator, business owner, logo designer, auto sales woman, life-insurance/securities sales, hardware sales, mortgage processor, flash animator, public speaker, campaign manager, cake decorator, and more. I am the youngest of nine children. I have two children and one grand-daughter. My Son (age 25) has 7 black belts in various forms of martial arts and is currently in law enforcement. My daughter (21) has double Bachelors degrees from ASU in psychology and anthropology.

Why I am a Mormon

All of my ancestors were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They moved with the Mormon pioneers across the, then barren wilderness, which is currently the western half of the United States. My parents taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ from my youth and lived what they taught. However, eventually I had to decide what I believed in life based on my own experiences and understanding. I have spent my life studying the Bible, Book of Mormon, and have been heavily involved in other learning activities. I have visited meetings of other faiths and prayed fervently to the Lord to know what his will was and is for me. I have a personal testimony that the Lord Jesus Christ lives and that this is his church restored once more upon the earth. I also believe that He speaks through a modern-day prophet as He did in days of old. It is my conviction that the prophet on the earth today has the same power and authority to reveal the word of God as did the prophets of old such as Moses, Abraham, Peter, and the many others whom the Lord has called. I believe what it says in the Bible (Hebrews 5:4) "And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron." I believe the Lord when he said, (James 1:5 in the Bible) "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." I have asked the Lord if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true and He has answered me as promised. His promise is to all who seek to know God's will for we are all his children.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have held many callings (responsibilities) in the church. I have taught children under age three, as well as the elderly, and all the ages in between. I have served in the Relief Society as a visiting teacher and in it's local presidency. I have also been involved with hundreds of thousands of women the world over in making hygiene kits and blankets for victims of poverty, and all forms of natural disasters. All active members of the church have continual opportunities to serve in the Lord through serving others. Unlike other churches, all members serve with out financial compensation, including the leaders of local congregations (wards), stakes (groups of wards), and even the regional leaders. However, the the Lord has always richly blessed me and all others who serve him willingly. God most often allows us to serve him by meeting the needs of his other children. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important part of my life. I would give all I have, all I ever will have, and all I am to the Lord in an instant. He (the Lord) is my light, he is my joy, and my song!

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Juliann
The simplest answer to that question is that the Lord has organized his Gospel in that manner. It is His church, his rules. However, it is my opinion that men and women simply have different roles. Women are neither above nor below the men in the Gospel. I would personally challenge anyone to find a church in which women have a more active involvement in the functioning, teaching, and daily organization of any church than they do within the LDS faith. Further, I believe that women have the greatest blessing of all, that is to bear children (I have two). Many people in this modern world have undervalued the importance of that great gift from God. I have found that giving birth, creating a life within me, was the greatest experience of my mortal existence. My children continue to bring me happiness, especially now that they are grown. As adults, my children have become my best friends and greatest supports. Women have that blessing bestowed upon them. It is the greatest gift of God; only women are given that opportunity. Why would I want to trade? The last thought I would add here, is that priesthood holders are not paid. The priesthood, when exercised properly, is only for the purpose of blessing others, and there is often a lot of work involved in priesthood callings. I have plenty of work, plenty of opportunities to serve others for the Lord. Show more Show less