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Hi I'm Julianne S. Kimber

I am a Mom of 8, and a grandma of 30. My husband and I have been married for almost 50 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to oil paint, draw, compose children's songs and write stories and books. I'm a grandma and have fun sending birthday cards to all the grandkids with 5 gold coins taped to the card. That keeps me pretty busy with 30 of them to buy cards for now. They sure look forward to those cards -- no matter what age. (The coins are a lot more fun than paper money.) I travel with my husband quite a bit. He lectures for a tour company and we have enjoyed cruises to Antarctica and the Panama Canal. Amazing places! Beautiful people and -- cool penguins. We also take tours to Israel. It is so wonderful to walk where Jesus walked! Israel is my favorite country outside the USA. When our children were younger, we home schooled them for awhile, and then decided to create a private school. Our career centered around writing and illustrating the textbooks for our schools and it's been pretty successful. All in all -- through all its ups and downs -- life has been good to us. My husband, age 70, has stage 4 cancer, but it has not slowed him down too much. He still travels and takes tours. He loves people, and that's what keeps him going I think. Creativity is what keeps ME going. :o)

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon home. My father was a scholar and writer and we children would sit around the dinner table and discuss Biblical doctrines -- sometimes for hours. However, when I went away to college, the world became very big, new and different. Was Mormonism really the only true Church on the earth? Even with all the training I had received at home, my doubts mounted until I became very frightened that I had been "brainwashed" all those years. I decided to get my own answer from God. I fasted from food and water for 3 days, and prayed fervently (between classes and whenever I could find myself alone). The heavens seemed like brass. On the third day I decided I HAD to have my answer if Mormonism was true. Not because I was hungry -- that stage had long passed. So I pleaded with God one more time. No answer. Then a thought occurred to me. I decided to challenge God! "If this church is true," I demanded, "then when I go to the desk and open my scriptures, it will fall open to the place that will answer all my questions and quench all these doubts!" I got off my knees, walked over to my desk near the open window, and determinedly thrust open the Book of Mormon, which sat on top of my Bible. A slight breeze from the window caught 2 or three of the thin pages and they opened to Alma chapter 32. And there before my eyes was my answer. It wasn't the first time I had read those pages, but this time it was God's word to me personally. "But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words." (verse 27) My heart pounding, I read on. After reading the whole chapter, I literally jumped into the air and exclaimed "IT'S TRUE! IT REALLY IS TRUE!!" God had answered my fasting and my prayer. And that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am a member of our Church's women's organization. Because of the traveling we do, I don't have a specific calling in our congregation. But I am called to visit certain women in our area every month when I can. I have a friend who always goes with me who has this same calling, and we check to make sure things are going well with the women, their children, and families. Recently one young mother we visit was away for a time with her son who had to have serious back surgery. The surgery was successful, and when she returned with him, my friend and I brought in supper for her family of 6. It was a joyful time and our friendship grew. All the women in our congregation have assigned visits from each other every month when possible. This is how Mormon women take care of and watch over one another. Years ago I was one of the leaders of the women in our congregation in a different city. It was the tradition to take around home-made baby blankets to all the new mothers. All the women worked together to make these blankets. I was assigned to take them to the mothers. During this time I had a beautiful baby boy. But after two weeks he died. It was a very difficult thing to take the baby blankets to the other mothers who also had babies during that same time. But God gave me strength to do it. That's how we serve and sacrifice for each other in our Church -- and with God's help you would do the same.