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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a Mormon convert since 1998. I am an Aussie through and through with Italian, German & English ancestry.

About Me

I grew up in a country town in Queensland Australia and attended a Catholic High School. I went on to train as a RN (Registered Nurse) in the local hospital in the 70's. I furthered my career by becoming a RM (Registered Midwife) in a major hospital in Queensland. I have two loving sons aged in their twenties. I live in New South Wales with my second husband and we just love the Australian bush in fact all things Aussie. I love animals and rarely am without a cat. I have a condition called fibromyalgia which is a pain - literally! I am now a stay at home wife, which I love. I love family history, gardening (with help), scrapbooking and would love to write a book of short stories on my life but at present am collecting memoirs from my relatives to put into a family book.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ since my conversion in 1998 at the age of 39. I was Baptised in a beautiful creek in the bush by a missionary about to end his two year mission to Australia. Most of those attending my Baptism were not members of the Church and they lovingly shared my excitement even though they couldn't quite understand why I didn't wait until summer to be Baptised in the warmth instead of the middle of winter on a cold frosty day. We often laugh about how I felt warm and composed whilst in the cold water while the missionary with me could barely speak as we entered the waist high water. I was aware the water was freezing but I couldn't actually feel it and I know that the Spirit was keeping me warm during my Baptism. I know I was being blessed with warmth so I could experience how wonderful, special and sacred being Baptised was without being interrupted by shivering and stammering. Leading up to the Baptism I prayed to know if the Church was true, if Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God. I felt such a strong conviction to be Baptised then and I knew I should not to put it off anymore. I had spent 3 years “hanging around’ with members before I finally decided to take the plunge. When I decide to do something I do it without hesitation and nothing is going to stop me not even a freezing winter's day.

How I live my faith

I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and do my best to live my faith everyday. I am the only member in my family so I feel it is important that they see how much I love my Heavenly Father and our Saviour Jesus Christ. I am the only member of the Church in the town where I live and travel abt 108 kms to church each Sunday to the nearest chapel. I am Branch Family History Consultant and a Sunday School teacher. I love helping others develop a love for their own Family History and as a result there are many of my friends addicted to researching their ancestry. We all get excited when they find a family member both living and on the other side.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Julie
I've found that since being a member of the Church that some of my loved ones thought I had a restricted lifestyle and it must be horrible for me. For me the opposite is true, I do not live a restricted or have a boring life in fact since being Baptised I have felt absolute freedom to choose for myself the kind of life I wish to live. For example I feel healthy for not drinking alcohol and thinking back to a time when I went through a stage of experiencing a few hangovers and thinking I was having fun, I realize that I really didn't like those out of control feelings I had. It sure feels good to not have other drinkers hanging off me drunk either. I never smoked; my nursing days made sure of that as I saw too many ugly results from smoking. I enjoy socialising with both members and non-members alike but do avoid places where I am exposed to things that would tear down my health, wellbeing and relationships. In other words when I follow what the Church teaches I protect my health and my family relationships. I love people as God commands us to however I do avoid behaviours of those around me that would tear down my faith. This does not mean I am proud and above others it means I choose to use common sense, self respect and to be an example of my Saviour. Show more Show less