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Hi I'm Julie

I am the wife of a handsome med student, a frugal nut to my core, and an elementary teacher. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of seven kids in my family and I would not change the experiences I've had in a big family for the world. I have two fun-loving sisters and four rambunctious brothers. I grew up in a very loving, humble home. We were not without trials, however, but we have always been so happy. I graduated at Utah Valley University with a degree in Elementary Education and I now teach. I also served a mission in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that absolutely changed my life. Almost two years ago I meant my amazing husband, Andrew. He is absolutely everything that I wanted in a husband and more. He aspires to help others for the rest of his life by carving out a place for himself in a medical career. I couldn't be happier. When I am not teaching, grading papers, or preparing lessons you will often find me writing blog posts for a blog that I still haven't started, singing along with music, organizing things (and people), shopping at DI (the majority of my awesome wardrobe is from DI), and hanging out with my amazing family. When Andrew is around you will find us playing board games, going for long (and I mean long) evening walks, making delicious gluten free food, and also shopping at DI together. Yes, its kind of an obsession. One day we hope to have a family. Currently we have tried for a while and haven't been blessed quite yet with that amazing gift. Our children will come when the Lord is ready. We trust Him.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized at the age of 8 in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I spent many years after that working to increase my understanding of and trust in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Christ Himself. I believed from that tender age that it was true, but there were often times when I asked questions to which I did not find an answer. However, I pushed forward because the belief that it was true encouraged me and drove me forward. Later as a teenager I watched society, culture, and people change constantly. Sometimes I felt that if I turned my back for a second suddenly some rule or ideal that was once held close has now been completely rejected. Some examples of this are the complete turn around concerning the detrimental health affects of cigarettes during the mid 1900's or the constant change in ideals concerning political and governmental policies. As these changes have become more volatile and intolerant I have noticed that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has remained exactly the same. We still begin by having Faith, we still need to repent, we still need to be baptized by immersion and by the priesthood power, and we still need the gift of the Holy Ghost to help and guide us through this confusing world. I also noticed that as others floundered in the face of all of this change the Gospel offered a calm, stable, quiet place to reflect and obtain the direction needed to navigate that change. I am rooted in the Gospel. I have a strong foundation in Christ and in His Gospel. I gain strength, determination, heart, hope, love, stability, persistence, and long suffering through the Savior and His atoning sacrifice. I have a knowledge of the big picture and this gives me hope for the future and joy in the present. Most important of all, however, is the fact that I have prayed about all of this. More than once. I have a personal witness that my Savior, your Savior Lives. That our Father in Heaven watches out for us. And that this is His church.

How I live my faith

My faith, my understanding of the Gospel, and my strong testimony of it is laced into and through every decision that I make every single day. It is laced through my husband's decision to go into medicine, my decision to become a teacher, and our decision to live frugally. I truly believe that as we live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and do everything that we can to become more like Him our lives will be so much more than they ever would be of our own creation. There are small and simple decisions that I make weekly based on this faith such as reading my scriptures (Book of Mormon, Bible, Pearl of Great Price, and Doctrine and Covenants), saying prayers morning evening and many times between, attending church every Sunday, serving diligently in any calling or assignment that I am asked to fulfill within our congregation or ward, and attending one of the many temples in Utah Valley regularly. Throughout the day I also strive to do what I believe the Savior would do in each and every situation that I am in. Whether it is my choice in Television material or my choice not to watch television. Whether it is to spend my time on social media or go and visit someone that I haven't seen in a while. Everyday I work hard to be more like my Savior. I want you to know, that if you do not yet live this way, it gets easier the more that you do it. The more that you do it the more you come to know your Savior personally, the more you come to know Him personally the more you want to be like Him, and so the more you strive to live this way. It becomes a cycle. A cycle you will be forever grateful that you started.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Julie
When the missionaries come you may feel apprehensive, derisive, or even downright bored at first. Key phrase, at first. If you truly want to know whether or not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restored Gospel or whether or not Jesus Christ truly lived you will need to listen carefully, not just with your ears, but also with your heart. After you have listened you cannot stop there. We believe that each member of the church should receive his or her own answer from the Holy Ghost as to whether or not these things are true. No one member of the church should ever live forever relying on another members testimony. We each are expected to know for ourselves. This takes work. This takes effort. So when the missionaries come, be prepared to be invited to act. To do something about your questions, to read the Book of Mormon, to pray. You have nothing to lose in simply asking, but truly everything to gain. Missionaries are young members of the church who voluntarily dedicate two years of their lives preaching the Gospel. They will not know everything, so don't expect them to be able to answer every single question or have a solution to every single problem. That is why your Heavenly Father will send the Holy Ghost with the missionaries. It is His calling and purpose to testify to you of what they are teaching and what you need to do in order to know for yourself. Truly Listen. Ask sincerely. You will know that everything that the church teaches is truth. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Julie
Members of the church see our bodies differently than some. We believe our bodies to be a gift, a stewardship that the Lord has given us. We believe our bodies are a sacred gift and made in the very image of our Father in Heaven. We also believe that chastity, which is sexual purity within marriage and sexual abstinence outside of marriage, to be a sacred commandment of God. Because of these beliefs, we treat our bodies differently. A sacred gift from the Lord should not be flaunted as merely an object, poked with needles, drawn on permanently, or disrespected. The word sacred, by definition on Google, states that something that is sacred is "connected with God." We protect our bodies and the procreative power that they have because they are a connection to who we are as children of our Father in Heaven. Modestly dressing, using, and caring for our bodies is an outward manifestation of an inward commitment to the sacredness of the procreative power held within. We show others that we are not out to use this power recklessly but rather that this power, our bodies, and ourselves should be held in high respect and regard. We express the sacredness of marriage and intimacy within marriage and our inward commitment to be chaste and true until we find the right person at the right time by allowing no unclean thing in or on our bodies. Parents can help their children to understand this by being an example and by talking about these issues in depth and often. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Julie
This issue hits close to home for me and I have to say that I think the very best answer is that as Latter-day Saints we believe in Charity. We believe in being loving, hopeful, and understanding. We believe in mourning with those that mourn and comforting those that stand in need of comfort. This applies irrevocably to anyone who associates themselves with the titles of gay, lesbian, or a variety of others. We believe that first and foremost each person is a child of God and, quite literally, our brother or sister. At the same time we do believe that acting on these feelings is a sin. In "The Family: A Proclamation to the World", a statement of inspiration from the Lord through modern Apostles concerning the family, states that "We believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God." We believe this law has been irrevocably decreed and disobedience to this law is sin. No where in the scriptures does it say that it is a sin to have feelings of homosexuality. However, just as it is a sin to dwell on adulterous acts or to act on these thoughts for someone who is heterosexual, so it is for someone who has homosexual tendencies. We believe that those who have these thoughts, tendencies, or those who chose to act on these feelings should be loved just as any one of us should. All of us have internal and external battles that we fight. The Savior would love and uplift. That is what we believe that we should do as well, for all of God's children. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Julie
The Word of Wisdom is just that, a word of wisdom in modern revelation from the Lord to the Saints concerning what we put into our bodies. When followed, the Word of Wisdom promises health, the ability to run and not be weary, and strength. When the Word of Wisdom was given to Joseph Smith by our loving Father in Heaven, it revealed lifestyle changes that have only now nearly two centuries later been proven by modern medicine to be beneficial. Things that we are advised to avoid are: -tobacco -alcohol -coffee and tea -other illegal drugs We are advised to: -eat vegetables and fruits -eat wholesome grains -to use herbs for their medicinal purposes -to eat meat sparingly -In other scripture we are also advise that all things should be done in moderation. This applies to food, drink, and things pertaining to health. All of these things will help us to live a better happier life. I personally am so grateful for the Word of Wisdom. It has been a guide for me personally as I choose what to eat. It is especially helpful since my Celiac Disease causes my diet to be rather narrowed and could be rather unhealthy. When I apply the principles of the Word of Wisdom I am healthy and much happier. Show more Show less