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Hi I'm Julia

I have a thing for rocks and teaching their story. I am an adoptive mother and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a PhD in Geology and love learning and inspiring others to learn! My passions are my family, finding opportunities to serve, and the outdoors. We just recently adopted our beautiful daughter and are so grateful for the gift of adoption and a birth mother who sacrificed everything for us. My husband and I want to afford her every opportunity to grow, learn and know for a surety that she is a daughter of God. I spend my days running after my babe, supporting my husband in medical school, and keeping up with the demands of research in my field. Yes, there are many balls to juggle (and sometimes I struggle) but life is amazing.

Why I am a Mormon

It comes down to happiness for me. As a Mormon, the truth I have found makes me happy and I see a road of happiness extending as far as the eye can see. The gospel of Jesus Christ is that road. At times that road is a struggle, but I have learned that the adversity of that road is yet another piece that adds to my happiness. As a Mormon, I have learned that a key to happiness is in the service you render to others. That service, is what keeps me going and makes life worth it.

How I live my faith

This is an evolving action for me. Some days, it is when I am serving others that I am truly living my faith. Other days, it is those quite moments of scripture study, pray and reflection that help me live my faith. The majority of the time, however, is in the time I spend with my daughter and husband. Loving them, supporting them is "living my faith". As I continue to learn and grow, more and more I am seeing that living my faith is really all about love.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. I have learned so much about my Savior in the pages of this book. Like the Bible, the pages of the Book of Mormon are a record of prophets testifying of Jesus Christ, His mission, and His gospel. I read it every day in tandem with the Bible. Without fail, whenever I have sought answers or comfort from this book I have received it. Through those experiences and many more, I know the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

That 10 percent seems like alot eh?! Well, sometimes it feels that way when budgets get tight. During those times, that is when you ask yourself "Why do I do this?". To be truthful, however, I've asked myself that question perhaps only once or twice because I really do know why now. I am a "pleaser" type of person so it is my desire to have my Heavenly Father and Savior be happy and proud of me. I truly believe the Savior has asked us to pay this tithe, it is His commandment. Thing is, He is not asking us to pay to help Him out really. Christ is a God, He can do anything, especially without my money. The commandment of tithing is really for me. I need to learn sacrifice and it lifts my heart when I see the good my meager portion can provide someone in need or to further the work of the Lord. When I have paid my tithe, knowing I have followed the commandments, I then feel deserving of blessings the Lord wishes to give me. That is a good feeling, and you know what? I sure can use those blessings!  Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

We are dynamic, diverse, believing, and compassionate! Just to name a few adjectives :-) Both my husband and I see our roles as different, but equal in the raising of our children. We both work hard in creating a loving, respectful, and protective home for our family. I am in a unique, albeit challenging, position to support my husband in medical school. As a tool to do that, the Lord blessed me with the opportunity to earn both a MS and PhD, while traveling the world doing so. I am a scientist through and through! At this time, I engage in research and teach college. All the while, I am a full-time Mom with a 3/4 time job. At least I see it that way. I have made the promise to myself that when I home my husband and children have "all of me". With the exception of 16 hours in the office, I only work at night when my husband is studying and my daughter sleeps. My family is my priority and this helps me to know that they are such as I keep this promise. Likely, I will continue to work the same amount of hours as our lives progress, but I will change things up if ever my husband and I feel this is not working for our children. I am a scientist, mother, and wife. It is not easy, but it is worth it. Show more Show less