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Hi I'm Julie

I live in sunny Southern Californian. I am Caucasian and my husband is Chinese. I am a Spanish Translator. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have resided in Southern California all of my life. I received a BA from BYU in Fashion Design with an emphasis in Costuming and a Minor in Art. I also served 18 months as an LDS missionary in the Argentina, Bahía Blanca Mission. I am now married and have 5 great kids. My husband has lived all over the world and was converted to the Mormon faith as a child. English is our primary language at home, but I also speak Spanish and he also speaks Indonesian, Dutch, and German. Our children have added Chinese and American Sign Language to that list. We have combined our cultural experiences and shared with our children our love of travel, history and the beauties of this world. Our oldest son served in the military as have many of my family members and ancestors. I am so grateful for their courage and service so that we may all live in a world of peace. I spent many years volunteering at our local schools and now work there as a Spanish Translator. I enjoy cooking, sewing, painting, travelling, Christmas, singing and laughing with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

The reason I am a Mormon is because it makes me happy. I always thought that the LDS gospel I had been taught growing up was the truth, but there came a time when I needed to make sure that what I was doing was really worth the effort. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it was truly from God. I didn't get an immediate answer, but I didn't have any negative feelings about it so I kept at it. I noticed the Spirit more in my life and then started noticing the blessings of keeping the commandments. Those rules that I thought might restrict my happiness, were actually the reason I was happily not suffering from the consequences of sin. One day I finally got my answer and it felt like a warm tingling swelling in my heart with a sure understanding that it came from a Heavenly Father who loves me personally. That feeling of truth I had growing up stayed with me and grew as I learned more and applied the Savior's teachings in my life. I am a Mormon because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gives my life meaning, purpose and direction. It makes me happy.

How I live my faith

Our church offers many opportunities to put the gospel into action by accepting callings to serve those you worship with. It is a voluntary service that helps you live as the Savior lived, caring for His children. You learn to recognize the Spirit guiding you as you pray and ponder about those you serve. As you develop this ability, the Spirit will guide you to greater peace and direction in all aspects of your life. I have worked with children, youth and adults and have learned something new with each opportunity. Right now I am a leader in our women's organization. Married or single, young or old, all women have something to share that will help another. I love hearing their stories of how they avoided difficulties or made it through hard times. It gives me hope, courage and practical ideas to make myself and my family more like the Savior. We have a wonderful support system.