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Hi I'm Julie

I'm an auntie. I lived for a year in Eastern Ukraine. I love to swim. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I served a full-time mission in the Ukraine Donetsk, Ukraine Kiev and Arizona Gilbert Missions. Serving a mission was the best decision I have ever made. I speak Russian fluently. I swam competitively for 15 years and am obsessed with the ocean. My major is international relations, but right now I work mostly odd jobs and sell crafts to pay tuition fees. My family always comes first and my dream vacation would include every one of my family members, plus the dogs.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are members and so I was raised in the church. But I am not a complacent member; I am a Mormon because I choose to be. As I grew up I asked myself if I really believed what I had been taught all my life. I prayed to know directly from God if this church is true and I have felt His Spirit testify to me that it is true. There is no doubt in my mind this is God's church upon the earth. It may not always be easy, and I have lost friends and earned ridicule for my faith, but it is true and I know that this is what my Heavenly Father - my God - intends me to do. To be quite candid, I am who I am because I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is through the teachings of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for all of us that I can honestly say that I like being me; I know where I am (good and bad) and I know where I am going. In this knowledge I have true peace and hope. That doesn't mean that I am perfect or that my life is perfect. I have been hit with all kinds of trials and I will continue to have trials -- whether I earned them or not. But I know that God lives and that He loves me. That is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to atone for my sins and imperfections. And so, although I do not know or understand everything, I know that everything will be alright through the Atonement of Christ -- whether in this life or the next. My Grandma recently passed away, while I was serving on my mission and couldn't be with her. But, although I miss her dearly, I know that I will see her again and that she is safe with her Heavenly Father. I know that if I live true to the faith, my family will be together forever.

How I live my faith

The gospel is so important to me that I want to share it with everyone. Which is why I chose to share the gospel on an 18-month mission. I served as a pianist in Sunday School for about a year. I also was asked to teach a Sunday School class about family history. But on the day-to-day level, I try to be kind to other people. Call it simple, but that is exactly what Jesus Christ would do. Whenever possible, I devote some time to researching about my ancestors. I always make time to study my scriptures each day and go to the temple once a week. I always live my faith because that is who I am, and I am always open to answer questions.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

I personally served on a mission. I had a lot of different personal reasons, but it all boils down to this: The Gospel of Jesus Christ (the teachings found in the Church and the scriptures) has made me so happy that I wanted to share it. In fact, I felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to share it. Missionary work is a commandment, just not every missionary wears a badge. Nothing pains me more than the thought that anyone, especially someone I love is lost in the world without the light of hope and God's love. When a person accepts the Gospel and is baptized, it is like receiving an endless supply of the most delicious cookies in the universe. There is no sense in keeping it all to yourself; in fact, the very joy you feel makes you want to share the cookies (or Gospel) with absolutely everyone. It is always the other person's choice to accept your gift or not, but you should try to share it with everyone. So, in short, proselyting is the way full-time missionaries share the Gospel with others. Missionary work is a commandment and a fulfillment of prophecy; it is also the most fulfilling work a person can be involved in. The work of bringing people closer to Christ is God's holy work and missionaries everywhere voluntarily go forth to help Him in it. Show more Show less