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Hi I'm Julie.

I'm an Air Force wife, a Californian, a teacher and a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California and love the ocean. I enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities camping, hiking, fishing, sailing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. I also like cooking, paper crafts and music. I have a long list of things I'd like to learn how to do so I'm rarely bored. My husband is just starting his career in the US military which will insure a life full of changes and new friends. My husband and I do not have any children of our own, but look forward to becoming parents someday. I'm a teacher and love working with elementary aged children. 

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because in my early teens, God answered my prayers to know if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His true church on Earth. I know He answered because after I prayed I was suddenly filled with a great feeling of love and happiness. I felt like I wanted to hug everyone I could see! I also felt a whispering voice in my mind telling me that it is true. In the years since then, I have done my best to live according to His gospel. I make mistakes, but I know that the Savior will forgive me if I repent and with His help, don't do it again.

How I live my faith

I've worked with the children at church for several years. I particularly love teaching them music. I love to sing about Jesus with them because it reminds me that even though I'm an adult, I'm still one of His children too. I also served as a missionary in Southern Germany for a year and a half. It was a wonderful experience that has made me a better person. 

What is the Relief Society?

The Relief Society is an international organization for women focused on strengthening individuals, homes and families. We have weekly Sunday meetings to learn from and strengthen each other in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Occasionally we also have mid-week activities where we learn and develop new talents and skills, and celebrate our roles as women. I have met faithful, fun, creative, kind and selfless women in Relief Society. Relief Society has helped make me a better person, wife, future mother and disciple of Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

We believe that each of us is made of two parts: the body and the spirit. Death is a separation of the body and the spirit. The body remains here on Earth and the spirit goes into the Spirit World. In the Spirit World we still have the ability to learn and progress. At the Resurrection the spirit and the body will be eternally reunited, just like Christ's was at His resurrection. Then, with our body and spirit reunited, we will stand before God at judgment. We will be held accountable for our works. Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, those things we have properly repented of will not be counted against us. We will then go to a Degree of Glory related to our obedience and diligence to God's commandments. There are three Degrees of Glory that the scriptures compare to the light and glory of the sun, moon and stars. The highest Degree is called the Celestial Kingdom which is like the sun. This is where God is. We can be with our families for eternity in the Celestial Kingdom. This is where God wants us to be. The second Degree is called the Terrestrial kingdom which is like the moon. The third Degree is called the Telestial kingdom which is like the stars. Little children who die before they are 8 years old will go directly to Celestial kingdom after the Resurrection. I am grateful for this plan. My little sister-in-law passed away when she was 9 years old. This plan give my family and me great comfort because we know we will see her again. This plan shows us that God loves us and that He wants us to be happy. Because He wants us to live with Him again, He has restored His authority to Earth so that we can participate in the ordinances that will help us and our loved ones return to Him. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

 No. Serving a full-time mission is a personal decision and is not required. I decided to serve a full-time mission because I not only wanted to, but I felt a strong spiritual pull to go. I am grateful I did. It was a wonderful experience that changed my life forever. I returned from my mission in 2005 and not a single day has gone by that I have not thought of it. While serving a mission is not required, I would encourage anyone who is considering one to go. Aside from parenting, it is the most meaningful service one can render to God and His children around the world. Show more Show less