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Hi I'm Julene

I am a retired pediatrician, mother, and grandmother. I love animals, I am a sci-fi fan, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I worked as a pediatrician in a rural area of Idaho for 30 years. My husband and I raised our 2 children on a dairy farm. We were involved in raising and showing horses, 4-H, and sports activities with our son and daughter. We now enjoy retirement with our little dog as a companion, travelling, attending sports events, and spending time with our family. Our most precious memories are the ones we continue to make with our children and grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an evangelical Protestant church, but never felt close to God. My mother suffered a debilitating painful disease, and I could not rationalize how a loving God would allow this to happen. I became agnostic, not knowing if God existed, but somehow angry with Him at the same time. I was exposed to some LDS church members while doing some professional training in Idaho. I asked about their beliefs and could feel their genuine friendship and concern for me. I met with many different missionaries over several months, and finally decided to either do what they asked, to pray and read the Book of Mormon, or just stop meeting with them. For the first time in my life, I felt the power of prayer, I was impressed by the truths in the Book of Mormon, and felt a witness that Christ's church was restored to the earth. I was 30 years old when I was baptized. I had come to a know that we came to this earth with the knowledge that it would be hard, that we would face adversity, that trials are a part of mortal life, and our faith would be tested. I feel blessed to be sealed to my husband for time and all eternity in the temple, and grateful that our family can be together forever.

How I live my faith

I try to treat others with kindness and respect, to be non-judgmental, and to always remember that every one of us is a son or daughter of our Heavenly Father. I have had many opportunities to serve in church callings, including working with or teaching all age groups, from toddlers, to teenagers, to senior citizens. Sometimes this has been a challenge, but always a growing experience as I have prayed for guidance and grown to love those that I have served.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are amazing! Their priorities are to grow closer to Christ, improve themselves, and to care for their families and others in the community. There are many opportunities for growth, leadership, and service in the Church. Men and women are definitely equal, although our roles may be different. I was a single professional woman when I joined the Church, and was not sure about my role, how I would fit in, or how I would be treated. I have experienced nothing but respect and consideration, and feel more valued as a woman by church members than by society in general. Show more Show less