Hi I'm Julie
35 years of marriage to my wonderful Steve, 4 beautiful and unique grown daughters, a talented son-in-law and delightful grandson - I count my family blessings often. We're far from perfect, but stick together and learn day-by-day how to love each other more fully. For over ten years, I've been a career counselor, with the majority of these years being in programs for those with special needs, ie long-term unemployed, people with a physical disability or mental health challenge. My career has taught me more than I ever imagined it would; about the human condition, and the unlimited possibilities we all possess. I enjoy reading and learning. I have formal qualifications in sociology and workplace training. My latest interest is with the ways in which people overcome their limitations and achieve their goals, and what we can learn from them. My creative outlet is to make my home beautiful, and love nothing more than having a big Sunday dinner with my family, listening to someone playing the piano, interesting discussions and laughter.
Why I am a Mormon
I'm a Mormon, because it's where God has lead my as I've sought to know Him and what's the best way for me and my family to grow spiritually. Having been raised in an evangelical Christian home, I already had a faith in God and Jesus Christ. When I met my husband, who had not been raised in any faith at all, we decided that we would dedicate our lives to God as best we knew how. This lead us to the theological seminary of the church we had been members of during our teens and early adult years. My husband completed his training and was ordained as a minister. For a few years, I was "the minister's wife" and this was a good life, but we both had questions about what we had been taught, and felt there was more for us to know. Through a member of the Mormon church that my husband and I had the pleasure of working with, we investigated the Church over a period of 4 years, and were eventually baptized, as well as each of our daughters. Besides finding the answers to our many faith-related questions, I discovered the Church has a great teaching and welfare program. As the years have gone by, I have seen how these programs address physical, emotional and mental needs, as well as the spiritual - it is a complete program, inspired by God, and I'm grateful to be part of it. As for our family, the teachings of the Church - the Gospel - is the "glue" that binds us together. One of the great teachings we've learned is that our family can be together, not only for this life, but for the eternities as well. Through my Church membership, I feel that I know my Savior in a much deeper and more meaningful way, and this brings me great joy.
How I live my faith
I'm part of the team at church who looks after the needs of the women. We co-ordinate different activities, and try to ensure everyone feels loved and supported, and has opportunities to develop personally. One of the programs is called "visiting teaching" whereby everyone is assigned two women who visit them monthly, or as often as possible, and offer spiritual support, and help with any other needs they may have. I've personally been the recipient of this type of help when I've been moving house, or when a family member passed away. My "visiting teachers" are like angels to me. In my work, I try to incorporate my faith as I meet with people and help them to find employment; I feel part of the Savior's mission to bless people's lives as I do this. Probably the most personally meaningful expression of my faith is as the mother of 4 daughters. We share our trials and triumphs as we try to be true to our faith, and I attribute this closeness to the teachings we hold in common through our Church membership.