Julie's Conversion Story

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Julie Monroe, from the Aliso Creek Ward, decided to join the church in June of 2002. She was 22 years old. She had said that growing up, she knew several friends who were LDS, but that she learned the most about the church from her then high school boyfriend Chad, whom she later married. Julie had grown up a Lutheran but said that “it just didn’t feel right”. She stopped attending in high school. Before she had the chance to learn more about Mormons, Julie said she mostly thought “they were really nice people with big families and the fact that they didn’t go out on Sundays was really weird” to her. Regardless, she was interested in learning more. She started attending Institute and then soon after, began taking the discussions. It didn’t take long from there before Julie decided she was ready to be baptized!

“Within the first lesson with the Missionaries I knew I wanted to be baptized,” Julie says. And one month later...she was! What an exciting time for Julie and her life. The Gospel and its principles seemed to come so easy for her and was easy to accept. But most good things in life do come with trials. Julie said that the biggest challenges following her baptism involved her family accepting the decision she had made in joining the church.

“My family was not happy with my decision at first, mostly because they didn’t understand the religion and heard all sorts of crazy stuff about it being a ‘cult’. It took a few years after my husband and I got married in the temple for them to finally realize that this church wasn’t a bad one.”

And life would throw more trials Julie’s way. She was later diagnosed with cancer. But because she had the gospel and Jesus Christ, Julie said that it brought her closer to God in “every single way”. That even though she had a plan for her life, “God had an even better plan.” Julie said that she knew God loved her and “even though having cancer was very scary, I saw that He was there for me in every little detail of my life. People from the ward and friends were working through God and He was letting me know that He was watching over me and taking care of me.” Her testimony of the Spirit and the companionship it brings shows the great strength of Julie’s faith. Facing a scary trial and yet remaining true to the Gospel and trusting in the Lord’s plan for is a sign of Julie’s strong foundation.

Julie leaves us with a bit of advice for any who are interested in learning more about the church: “In the days that are hard or that you feel the world is against you progressing in your journey, just stick with it. Stay close to God. Read your scriptures, say your prayers and it will all work out okay in the end.”

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LDS General Conference Traditions

According to Angel Lefler, a mom of 4, this is how they try to bring the spirit from General Conference into their home.  

"With having kids that are so little and not able to understand all the benefits of conference I had to decide what my goals for conference weekend were. I decided I wanted my children to be excited for conference and to want to be apart of it. I wanted them to see that mom and dad wanted to participate I conference and that it brought us peace and strength. I wanted traditions of conference weekend to be familiar, fun, and something that brings the family together and not just the parents saying "shhh" every 3 minutes. 

Sooo, with that in mind. Saturday and Sunday morning we have big breakfasts. We eat them while listening to the first part of the the first sessions. The kids love it and full mouths are quiet mouths.  When breakfast is over we come to the couch and start the activity sticks. The activity sticks have written on them quiet activities the kids can do while listening to conference. Busy hands are happy hands.  They are things like painting nails, draw a picture of the speakers tie, conference bingo, lacing cards, tracing pictures, drawing pictures of/for family, making bead necklaces, etc. I also print activities from The kids get to take turns picking the sticks out of a can at random and the activity is done when they are finished. We don't wait till the next talk happens or anything. 

As the kids grow older and more mature we have them sit with us while the prophet speaks, and start taking notes while certain speakers speak. 

Saturday between sessions we eat lunch  and usually go for a bike ride or walk and Sunday between sessions we usually eat lunch and play board games."

How awesome are her ideas and thoughts on how to entertain little children during General Conference?!

Here is the April 2017 LDS General Conference Schedule

Saturday, April 1, 2016
Saturday Morning Session (9:00 a.m.) for everyone
Saturday Afternoon Session (1:00 p.m.) for everyone
General Priesthood Session (5:00 p.m.) for men and young men 12 years of age and older

Sunday, April 2, 2016
Sunday Morning Session (9:00 a.m.) for everyone
Sunday Afternoon Session (1:00 p.m.) for everyone

What is LDS General Conference?