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Hi I'm Julia

I'm a violin teacher, a writer, and a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My three older sisters and I have played the violin since we were four and five years old (our only brother preferred brass). Music is an integral part of my life, and I have put myself through college by teaching violin and viola lessons. I'm still working at a BA in psychology. I love writing--fiction, fantasy, dystopian--and hope to make a career of it in the future, though I will never give up my teaching. I enjoy hiking, biking, reading, and watching a good movie. I will be forever grateful to my parents. Both of them joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in their late teens, and they did it alone. In the years since then, they have remained faithful in word and action. They set the example for my siblings and I to follow, but never dictated what we did with our lives. Each of us has chosen for ourselves what to be. I was raised as an active member of the church, and though I questioned and doubted in different periods of my life, I have chosen to remain an active member. I am currently serving a full-time mission in Atlanta, Georgia. It has been rewarding, fulfilling, and yes, challenging. I look forward to resuming my careers when I return home.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a matter-of-fact sort of person. I like to have proof of the things I believe, and I write a killer of a critical essay. But I can say without hesitation that I am not afraid to have faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Faith, a strong belief that motivates one to action, is very much like the wind. We can't see it. We can't smell it or taste it. But we can feel it, and we can see its effects on our surroundings. I can't tell you how I know that Jesus Christ is my savior. I can't tell you how I know that His gospel has been restored through modern prophets. No, I can't even satisfactorily explain how I know that God lives. But I know for myself that all of these things are true, and when I act on that knowledge, the effects are undeniable. This has been the invitation to others since the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was founded: read the Book of Mormon, and ask God for yourself whether it is true. Don't take anyone's word for it, not even ours.

How I live my faith

My faith defines the way I live my life; not because it's consuming and obsessive, but because it has shaped all of the good parts of who I am. It helps me make sense of the world and motivates me to get up in the morning. Currently, I am a full-time missionary. I get to share the gospel 24/7! It's a wonderful opportunity to take the time to teach the principles of living a Christlike life without other concerns taking up my time. When I return home, I will no longer be a proselyting missionary, but I will be an active participant in church. The entire organization is a lay ministry, meaning that everything we do, not just missionary work, is done by unpaid members. I may be asked to teach, direct a choir, sit in council, plan activities, minister to other sisters, or any number of things. Whatever I am asked to do, I intend to do to the best of my ability.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

There are actually quite a few laws regarding pornography in the US. Personally, I have been active in the organization Porn Harms (pornharms.com), which is not affiliated with the church but which often cooperates with it and is dedicated to opposing pornography through education and the application of law. Pornography is a serious problem in and of itself, but it has also been linked to other serious problems. Our laws need to be enforced. This is the first step to stopping the influence of pornography. But on a smaller scale, dressing modestly, speaking respectfully, and providing support to anyone you know who is struggling can make all the difference. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A ward is a local congregation of Church members that meets regularly. Members in certain geographical areas belong to specific wards and each member has specific callings and assignments that keep it running. In areas where congregations are smaller, branches replace wards. These serve the same purpose, but are tailored to accommodate smaller congregations. Each ward member is asked and encouraged to minister to the others and ensure that everyone is safe, healthy, and "nourished by the good word of God." A stake is a group of wards and/or branches. Stake meetings are held regularly, but much less frequently than other meetings. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

The Old Testament talks about the covenant people of God during the time before Christ was born. It records what the prophets taught and miracles that they performed. It follows the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and records much of their history. The 4 gospels (Matt., Mark, Luke, and John) are firsthand accounts of Christ's life. These disciples recorded His personal miracles and leadership. The remainder of the New Testament is records kept by early Christians. The Book of Mormon supports the Bible in doctrine and purpose. It expounds on truths taught by O.T. prophets and by Christ. It has stories of descendants of Jacob, just as the Bible does. The chronology covers 600 B.C. to 400 A.D. The difference is its geographical setting. These particular descendants of Jacob traveled to the present-day Americas. There, they did the same sorts of things the Hebrews were doing in the Holy Land, including ministering of prophets and performing ordinances like baptism. After the Resurrection, Christ came to visit these "other sheep" (see Matthew) and taught them the law of the gospel, just as he taught the other Israelites. 400 years later, the civilizations had nearly come to ruin and the sacred records, the Book of Mormon, were hidden. In the 19th century, God again called a prophet and gave him instructions and tools to teach and lead the covenant people. Joseph Smith was given the Book of Mormon to assist him in bringing about the Restoration of Christ's church. Show more Show less