Hi I'm Julie.
I grew up in Minnesota and Nebraska with my parents and 4 sisters. I have worked as a registered nurse for 28 years. I have been married to my best friend for 26 years and we are the parents to 2 “homegrown” children and 2 that we adopted from the country of Ukraine. I have always had family pets and we currently have two rescue dogs. I am a curious person and love learning. I like to read the newspaper, surf the net and keep up with what’s going on in the world. I prefer non fiction to fiction. If life wasn’t so busy for everyone I’d enjoy traveling and spending more time with friends and family. I recently bought an old tiny fiberglass travel trailer and enjoy fixing it it up, being with the family out in nature and seeing God's beautiful creations. If you were to ask other people about me, the thing I think you would hear most often is my tendency to laugh a lot.
Why I am a Mormon
I was raised a Lutheran but when I was 21 I was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints during a summer job that took me to Utah. I toured Temple Square in Salt Lake City but was given anti-Mormon literature from people protesting outside the gates. For months I believed the Mormons were a cult and didn't want to learn anything more about them. When I got back home to Nebraska I was eventually contacted by 2 Mormon missionaries at my door. They were kind and listened to my concerns from the anti-Mormon literature. They shared what they believed in but at the time, I really didn't want to know more or meet with them another time as summer was over and again I was busy with college. That fall I attended an Evangelical Christian church with a friend's sister who had left the Catholic church. She liked it, but I didn't! Only then did I start to read the things the Mormon missionaries had given me months before. What church was right? After reading from the Book of Mormon with an OPEN MIND, I easily believed that it was an inspired book. It TESTIFIED of Christ and His teachings. I just couldn’t see Joseph Smith, a young, unschooled farm boy having the ability to make it up! He also was severely persecuted for what he testified of, not just as a young man, but over his entire life. What did he have to gain by making it up? I believed his words and felt so disturbed over what he had to endure to stay true to what he knew. How was his seeing an angel, and being visited by Jesus and Heavenly Father much different from other divine occurrences that happened in the Bible? I knew it was true. I knew I needed to become a Mormon. The Holy Ghost confirmed to me this was His restored church on the earth today. Although I was apprehensive of what was to come, what my family and friends would say, concerned with who I was about to become…. A MORMON, (so misunderstood), I was SO happy to have gotten my answer!! I joined that very week, in December of 1982.
How I live my faith
My faith influences every aspect of my life. I look to Jesus Christ as my example for how I am to live. I make it a point to see the best in people and try to ignore their faults. When that is hard to do, I remind myself that I don't know what that person's background is and what challenges they have to deal with. I remind myself that we are all Heavenly Father's children and it is not my place to judge another. I try to separate the sin from the sinner. I pray for people because I know a loving Father in Heaven wants to bless his children. Actions speak louder than words so I do give of my time (and money!) to help others. Over the years I have always volunteered at my kid's schools. I think it’s important for everyone to help their community wherever they can and be an example to the next generation. Chronic knee and back pain has limited the type and amount of service I can do now and that has been frustrating for me. At church I have taught weekly Sunday lessons and organized events for the youth and adults. My current church responsibility is in the area of missionary work as I befriend, strengthen and teach those people with questions about our church, new members, and less-active members.