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Hi I'm Julie

I am a stay at home mom. We have five kids - through both birth and by foster care adoption. I am a Mormon.

About Me

After joining the Church as a teen I went onto College and earned an Associates Degree in Accounting. I wanted to give back what was given to me so I chose to serve a full time mission for the Church. I was asked to serve in Alberta Canada. During the 18 months I spent there I developed a greater love for others and for the Savior Jesus Christ. Shortly after returning home from my mission I married my best friend who I had known for 6 years in the Temple. We spent the first few years of our married life continuing work on our educations. In time we decided to move closer to our parents and siblings. Today we have five children. I spend my days balancing motherhood, part time work and foster care advocacy... oh and if I can find time a bit of sewing.

Why I am a Mormon

We moved from Indiana to Arizona when I was in fourth grade. I made new friends quickly. In time I discovered that many of these new friends were LDS. By the time I was in middle school I was curious about why they seemed to be different than my other peers. They seemed happier. I asked a few questions and even attended some youth activities. It wasn't until my Sophomore year in high school that I became more serious about learning more about the LDS faith. I had grown up in a Christian home and had most recently attended a Baptist Church. However, I had many questions that went unanswered. A good friend invited me to come to Church with her one Sunday. During the Sunday School hour the teacher discovered that I was new and didn't know much about the Church's teachings. He taught some basics and then invited me to meet with the missionaries. I agreed and soon had learned the answers to all of my questions. It was amazing how right everything felt. It made sense. As if it wasn't the first time I was learning these truths. My mom was cautious and although she supported me attending the LDS Church she wanted to give me time to fully develop my testimony before making the decision to be baptised. I started taking the missionary lessons in October of 1999 and the next summer I was baptized on June 4 2000. It was an amazing experience that I still reflect on today.

How I live my faith

In Church each Sunday I am able to help in the children's classes, called Primary. I am able to teach them and help oversee many of their activities. I especially love my involvement with the Cub Scout program offered by the Church and Boy Scouts of America. I help organize activities for the Cub Scouts and help them learn the values which will help them grow into good and honest young men. My husband and I are also licensed foster parents in our state. In the nearly three years we have been foster parents we have had 8 foster children come to our home. Each child is a son or daughter of God and deserves the love we can share with them. We are happy to be a calm in the storm of their often chaotic lives. Some of these children have been able to be reunified with their birth families. Others have gone onto adoption. We also recently finalized our second adoption of our son who was our eighth foster placement. The Savior teaches us to be His hands and to serve one another. I am grateful for the ways in which I am able to do this.

What is the Relief Society?

Julie
The Relief Society is an expansive worldwide sisterhood of women who love God and one another. Show more Show less