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Hi I'm Julie

I'm married, I'm a mother on one, I love to bake and use Mod Podge (but not together), and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in California. I have three siblings, two older sisters and one older brother. Pismo Beach is my second home - we spent nearly every Saturday there. When I was 16, my family moved to Utah and bought a home close to where my Dad grew up. I graduated from the same high school as my Dad. In 2000, when I was 20-years-old, I married one of those tall-dark-and-handsome types. We both worked and went to school. I couldn't decide which career path to follow because what I really wanted was to be a stay-at-home-mom. Yet, I knew how important it would be for me to get as much education as I could before children came to our family. I received certification to be a Nurse's Assistant. I earned an Accounting Certificate, I studied English and some Spanish and finally received my Bachelor's of Arts Degree in English with a Minor in Family Studies. Soon after I graduated, my husband and I found out we would soon be parents. We thought the day would never come. In 2006, we had a little girl who is our world! I love creating art, hiking, walking, looking at nature, reading the classics, reading children's literature to my daughter, blogging, serving in the church, spending time with family, talking in a British accent, and dancing silly in the kitchen while my daughter laughs hysterically at me and does some hip-shaking of her own. 

Why I am a Mormon

The easiest answer to this is, my parents. They were both taught by their parents who were taught by their parents. My parents were married in the Logan Temple and every Sunday the four of us children went with them to Church. They set aside the Sabbath Day as the Lord's day and taught us about the restoration of the gospel. They set aside Monday night as a special time to spend with the family. They followed the teachings of latter-day prophets and taught those teachings to us. They taught me of the value of the scriptures and we read them as a family. We prayed as a family. I heard my family and people at church bare testimony of the truth of the Gospel, and I believed. I practiced exercising my faith by saying prayers, singing hymns, reading the scriptures, and attending church. The more I did, the more I came to know for myself that the church was true. I could tell by the way I felt. I always felt right, complete, and happy when I was doing my best to keep the commandments. As I became a late teen, I knew that the fullness of the Lord's church is on the Earth today. I knew that we have a living Prophet who was called of God and holds the keys of the Priesthood as in ancient times, just like the ones written of in the scriptures. I knew for myself and I didn't feel I needed to rely on the testimonies of others. I can't imagine my life without my faith as a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Well, it's a million, tiny, little things. I read from the Book of Mormon daily. I speak to my Heavenly Father in prayer often and express my gratitude to Him for all that He provides. I look for opportunities to serve people in my neighborhood and family. I teach my daughter about Heavenly Father, Jesus, the stories in the scriptures, and Heaven. I donate my time and resources to serving in the church and doing my part. I attend church on Sunday ready to learn something and hoping to uplift those around me. I do all I can to keep the commandments and I listen to the Prophet, the Apostles, and other Church leaders and I try to do my best to follow their guidance. I'm not perfect. I mess up. But I try. I strive to do my best. When I mess up, I ask for help and forgiveness and receive strength to keep going. I rely heavily on the support network that I have with fellow church members. They buoy me up and strengthen me when I struggle.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Baptism is the way we show our Heavenly Father that we want to follow His plan. Baptism is also symbolic of rebirth. When we go down into the water, it is like our old life, our sin, is buried and when we come out of the water, we are clean, fresh, and ready for our new life as members of His church. Baptism marks a new start. Following baptism, we receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost as our constant spiritual companion to help us make good choices and stay on the path to Eternal Life.   Show more Show less