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Hi I'm Julie

I'm an educator, a reader, a movie goer, a scrapbooker, an aunt, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In my youth I enjoyed attending school, I loved college, and I'm still immersed in education today! I am blessed to hold a job doing work I truly believe in; the training of future teachers. My coworkers are a diverse bunch of wonderful people, and they are my biggest fans as I prepare to begin my doctoral studies. Reading has always been a favorite pasttime; I enjoy discussing intriguing books from various genres with my book club buddies. I often go to the movies with friends, am a live theatre season ticket holder, and I scrapbook my vacation photos when I have the chance. Sunday nights and holidays I revel in spending time with my extended family. Since I don't have children of my own, giving birthday presents throughout the year to my twenty-five adorable nieces and nephews is something I look forward to.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in my teens I began to really ponder the veracity of the religion I had been taught at home and at church. I read the Bible from cover to cover in high school as well as the Book of Mormon. I prayed to know the truth and was pretty sure what I had been taught was true. However, it was during my early twenties when I served as a full-time missionary among the wonderful people of Chile in South America that my testimony of this church being the only complete and true church of Jesus Christ on the earth was solidified. Many days as a missionary I spoke with people who had questions about life and the gospel that I had not thought about before. They inspired me to search, study and earnestly pray for answers to those questions. The answers were always there to be found in the scriptures and in the teachings of the Church. I have witnessed several people come to the same realization, which has brought such joy and direction into their lives as well as mine. I feel the warmth of the Holy Ghost in my mind and heart right now as I write this declaration, and I experience such feelings almost every time I read about, listen to, or discuss Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Church -- His church. I cannot deny that these assurances have been revealed to me personally by a loving Father in Heaven who is very much aware of me as one of His daughters during her sojourn here on earth.

How I live my faith

Attending Sunday church meetings every week is very important to me in order to regularly nourish my faith. When travel includes being gone over the weekend, I look up the local church service times and locations and enjoy worshiping with other saints from around the world. I read articles from the the Ensign (a Church magazine) during breakfast, read from the scriptures most nights before I go to bed, and I pray each day. I am currently the chair of the service committee in my congregation, so I organize members to do small acts of service, like gardening, cafeteria, or laundry help at the Mesa Temple; bagging groceries at the Bishop's Storehouse (the Church's food bank) for those in need; and I provide members with ideas for daily random acts of kindness. I also help coordinate big service projects, including a monthly church service held at a local nursing home, co-hosting the largest Red Cross annual blood drive in the area, painting over graffiti for the City of Phoenix, and overseeing an annual Christmas angel tree project. In addition to offering back to the Lord ten percent of my earnings as tithing, I feel blessed to be able to donate monthly to the Church's Perpetual Education Fund that grants loans to people in less affluent areas so that they have the means to complete post-secondary education or vocational training to become self-reliant. I join with other Church members the first Sunday of the month in fasting for a couple of meals and donating the funds I would have spent on food as fast offerings that are then distributed to others locally who are in need.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Julie
The various writers of the Book of Mormon were prophets God selected to be His voice in the western hemisphere anciently. It makes sense to me that since there was no communication between the ancient peoples of the eastern and western hemispheres, that God, who loves all of His children, provided prophets for both sides of the world. Records of ancient prophets and apostles in the eastern hemisphere comprise the Bible text. Records of ancient prophets in what we call the Americas today make up the chapters in the Book of Mormon. Together the Bible and the Book of Mormon testify that God is real and that he cares enough to provide prophets for our guidance. Just as the Old Testament was translated from ancient Hebrew and the New Testament from ancient Greek, the Book of Mormon needed to be translated from ancient languages for us to read today. Joseph Smith, who had little formal education, translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Julie
Yes, I do! The Old and New Testaments of the Bible are replete with prophets who were chosen by God to lead the believers and to disseminate His teachings to the rest of mankind. If the world needed prophets in those days, why would he not wish to provide prophets for guidance in our current, challenging times as well? I believe that He does indeed select men today to be His voice to the world. We have a living prophet and twelve apostles today, patterned after the organization Christ set up for His church when he was on the earth. We believe that God cares about all of His children. It makes sense to me that since there was no communication between the ancient peoples of the eastern and western hemispheres, that God provided prophets for both sides of the world. The records of the ancient prophets in what we call the Americas today make up the chapters in the Book of Mormon. Together the Bible and the Book of Mormon testify that God is real and that he cared enough to provide prophets for guidance around the ancient world. That blessing has not gone away; there are prophets in our time as well that serve as the mouthpiece for God. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Julie
The term "cult" tends to carry a negative connotation. Since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is nothing but a positive influence in my life, I am surprised whenever I hear someone refer to Mormonism as a cult. Although our religion shares many similiarities with other religions that are based on the teachings of Christ, it is true that we do stand apart on certain gospel points. One example of a difference is in the organizational leadership of the Church. The Old and New Testaments of the Bible are replete with prophets who were chosen by God to lead the believers and to disseminate His teachings to the rest of mankind. If the world needed prophets in those days, why would he not wish to provide prophets for guidance in our current, challenging times as well? I believe that He does indeed select men today to be His voice to the world. We have a living prophet and twelve apostles today, patterned after the organization Christ set up for His church when he was on the earth. We believe that God cares about all of His children. It makes sense to me that since there was no communication between the ancient peoples of the eastern and western hemispheres, that God provided prophets for both sides of the world. The records of the ancient prophets in what we call the Americas today make up the chapters in the Book of Mormon. Together the Bible and the Book of Mormon testify that God is real and that he cares enough to provide prophets for our guidance. Show more Show less