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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a Mormon. I am the second oldest of six children, and I was raised in the LDS faith. I'm a mother of five.

About Me

I was born in West Virginia, and moved every two years growing up, all over the United States. I am the second oldest of six children and am very close to my siblings. I grew up riding horses, reading lots of good books, writing, drawing and playing lots of imaginative games with my sisters and brother. I was active in drama and music in high school. I attended BYU for a year and a half before getting married in the temple. My husband was in the Army and I moved every year while we were married. We had five children; four girls, including a set of twins, and one boy on the end. I was a stay-at-home mother, which is what I have always wanted to be. I love being a mother in Zion. Growing up, I had dreams of being an actress, a singer, an author, etc., but none of those ever came first before being a mother at home. I worked for a couple of years as a librarian for the downtown LDS Family History Library. I love to do genealogy work and have since I was ten years old. I love music and singing and playing the piano. I love the outdoors and camping and hiking. I used to do more, like rappelling and white water rafting, but haven't had the opportunity to do that in a while. I was going to medical school for a while, learning medical terminology to be a transcriptionist. Currently I have two married daughters and one daughter at college in vocal performance. I have one daughter and one son left at home. I also have one darling grandson.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family, where I was taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ and raised in the Mormon faith. I remember feeling as a child that God loved me, and my family loved me, and I always knew I was a child of God deep inside me. When I was about seven years old, the Washingon, D.C. temple was opened for visitors to come and see it before it was dedicated just for those who hold a temple recommend. I remember feeling the Holy Spirit so strongly while I was there. We also visitied Nauvoo, and other places where the early Latter-Day Saints lived during the early formation of the Church. I remember feeling the Holy Spirit testify to me that the stories of Joseph Smith's first vision were true, as I walked through the Sacred Grove. But the place that I remember effecting me the most is the Carthage Jail where Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were martyred. All I have to do is remember that place and the Spirit comes immediately back to me, bearing testimony to me that Joseph Smith was not just an ordinary man, he was indeed a prophet of God, and one who suffered and died for it. When I was fourteen years old I wanted to obtain a further testimony of the Book of Mormon, and I began reading daily and studying it and praying about it. I obtained a witness many times as the Spirit burned within my heart as I read, and also as I put the principles into action that are taught therein. I witnessed many small miracles, day after day, and was able to recognize them as God's hand in my life, that He loved me, and that there was divine purpose in my existence and He had shown me the way.

How I live my faith

I live my faith mostly by following the teachings of Jesus Christ, and by keeping his commandments. I try my very best to be a virtuous woman, and to have charity in my heart and in my actions for all of God's children. I love being a mother, and serving my five children is a daily part of my full life. I have served in many positions in the Church, including teaching children of all ages, from three to 16, and teaching the women of the church too. I love teaching Christ's Gospel. I currently play the piano for the Relief Society (the women's organization) and I go out Visiting Teaching certain sisters once a month. I go with my companion, and we check up on these women and make sure their needs are met both physically and spiritually. We deliver a special spiritual message to them monthly. It doesn't matter if these women are active in the LDS church or not. They just need love and we give it, without judging. I also have a calling to do indexing for the Church. I go online several times a week and download photocopied records such as birth, death and marriage records, enlistment records and censuses. Then I type the important information from these records into a digital formatted computer record, so that everyone can access them on the internet. It helps people research their family trees and genealogy, as well as other research. I do not get paid for doing these things for the Church, and I don't want to have monetary compensation. The joy of the work is reward enough, and the blessings that come from doing the Lord's work are immesureable. Also, I volunteer with my children, to do work at the Bishop's Storehouse, where food for the poor is stacked on shelves and boxed to send where needed. I volunteer to help at the LDS Pasta Plant on a regular basis, too. Food prepared and packaged here is sent all over the world to the poor and needy, and also to help victims of natural disasters, regardless of their faith.