Hi I'm Julie
I'm a Mormon. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area to a very typical middle class family.
I am 51 years old and have worked in radio since I was 19 years old. I did that by going to a trade school when I was 18. The trade school was 9 months long and has given me a profession that spanned over 30 years. I am married with two children. I wish I could have had more children but my husband and I got started a little late and felt like we were getting too old to have more, but I love children. I love watching them, talking to them and seeing how they respond to their problems. I think we can learn a lot from the careful observation of children.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because it's an awesome way to live. OK, that's way too simplistic, but consider this; Growing up I had no formal religious training. My parents loved us kids but couldn't be bothered with the rigors that come with a religious life. As a result they slipped into some very bad habits that left me wondering if all homes were this chaotic. After wondering why my friend went to a thing called catechism every Wednesday my mother explained that that was her religion. I asked what religion I was, she said "you're a Mormon", I had no idea what that was. I had never attended a meeting, much less been baptized in the church. After further questioning my mother decided she should introduce me to the missionaries so they could teach me what I believe. From the moment these two young men walked in the room I knew there was a different way to live. Their message was like a life line in the midst of an often stormy sea. I learned that my Father in Heaven loved me. That he had a plan for me and my family. It was something I had never even considered until I heard the message the missionaries brought. The interesting thing about this story is my parents also found a life line. Our whole family changed. Things became more peaceful and purposeful. Chaos was a thing of the past. I found this religion to be a way of life, not just something you do on Sunday. It could get you from Monday morning thru Saturday night better than anything I had seen to that point or since.
How I live my faith
I have been a teacher to youth for my entire adult life. I love it. I love children and being able to share the good news about Heavenly Father's plan with them is the most gratifying thing I've ever experienced.