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Hi I'm Julian

I was born and raised in California. I have friends and family from many different faiths. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised by a single mother who started going back to church when I was about four years old. We were always very close with her family- mom, dad, and little sister, and so I grew up in a great spiritual environment. My father is not LDS and was only in the picture off and on, so from a young age I learned to accept peoples' different religious beliefs, or lack thereof, and to remain strong in my own. I am extremely grateful to my Father in Heaven for blessing me to grow up in such a diverse area. My closest group of friends, growing up, included various faiths- Hindu, Catholic, Shaman, Christian, Muslim, and more. This gave me many opportunities to share some core beliefs with curious minds. Even though I, by no means, kept my being a member of the LDS church a secret, many friends I interacted with didn't know I was a Mormon. I think that was also a blessing because when they eventually found out, they realized that Mormons were just fun-loving "normal" people too.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love the character that the LDS Church builds in its members. I have always been taught to go with kindness, to be a friend to those who have none, to serve and to love others...I truly believe such an incredible institution as this was founded by my Savior and Deliverer Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Growing up in the LDS church, I participated in the boys' youth groups. This inlcuded weekly activities, Sunday School, and occasionally Boy Scouts. I made a handful of good, lifelong friends during those times. I can't respect my leaders more for spending their own precious time to help include my older brother and I, as my mom often didn't have the time to invest in our scouting and extra-curricular activities. Something my faithful leaders did for my brother and I was to provide an example of how a good, God-fearing man and father acted, something we didn't receive at home. I was also extrememly blessed my senior year of high school to be a part of my school's/community's Seminary Council. With a group of eleven others, I was able to create lasting bonds by sharing messages of truth with others my age and by inviting all to come unto Christ.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Mormons celebrate many holidays, specifically Christmas and Easter, but also other common holidays. One of my personal favorites is Halloween! Some people who don't know much about Mormons might think we wouldn't celebrate Halloween, that maybe it represents darkness, but that is not true. I love having the whole family get together and just have fun dressed up in cool costumes. I love taking my younger cousins to go trick-or-treating and see their faces light up when candy gets dropped in their bags. The family unit is one of the most important things that exists, to God. When we celebrate holidays and have good, clean fun together, I believe God smiles down on us and is happy. Show more Show less