Hi I'm Julie
I'm a wife, a mother, a writer and a geek, but chiefly, I'm a Mormon.
The most important thing to know about me is that I'm a wife and a mother. I have two kids, both still quite young, that test my patience from time to time. Another important thing to know about me is that I'm an aspiring writer and artist. I like to experiment with different art forms and write poetry and stories. Much of what I do, however, revolves around my family. It's not easy being a mother in today's world. I'd so much like to see my kids grow up and be able to handle themselves as adults without making life harder for everyone else. I guess all mothers and fathers hope for that. I'm something of a computer geek and a role playing games geek, I was practically brought up on Dungeons and Dragons. I've played just about every system known to man: Champions, GuRPS, both Marvel and DC Superheroes, White Wolf, and even some Live Action Role Playing. I still have a pretty big box of comics, although none of them are in plastic bags. I also maintain a blog (listed here) where I go to practice writing. When I was younger, bad things happened to me. The results of this have been a near life-long depression called "dysthymia" which steals joy from your life. I have relied almost completely on the Savior and His love for me to help me get through the years of healing that these problems have necessitated. As a result, I feel closer to Him than I ever felt to any other person on the face of this earth. He's my best friend.
I'm a Mormon for two reasons. First, I was born in the church and I've lived with the doctrine all my life. My mother was converted when she was twelve. My father was converted in his late twenties and they were married in the Idaho Falls temple. The other reason I'm a Mormon is because I know, for myself, that the gospel is true. When I was young, I was told that every member eventually has to be converted. I'm no exception. I know that the gospel is true. Thomas S. Monson is a true and living prophet of God, just like the prophets in the Bible. The Book of Mormon is a true book of scripture that truly testifies of the appearance of Christ in North America. Joseph Smith once said that a man could get nearer to God by reading the Book of Mormon than by reading any other book. I have found this to be true in my own life. I know that, if you read it, you will feel yourself drawing nearer to God, too.
The most important way I live my faith is by teaching my children about God and Christ. I know that they will need these habits later in their lives to help support them through life in today's world. I also try to be careful not to let my writing or role-playing stray outside of my personal values. After that, I lead my women's group in uplifting music once a week during my church meetings and visit some of the other women in my church. Everyone needs a friend. Our church just takes that a little more seriously than most. Besides, we all know that, when times are tough, we tend to lean more on our friends than at any other time. Also, the church leaders can't be expected to keep track of everyone. By visiting these certain women every month, I have a chance to check up on them and then let my leaders know if they need anything that I can't provide on my own.