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Hi I'm Julie

I live in Plain City Utah. I'm a mother of 7, 3 of which are autistic. I am a substitute aide and teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my life! It's not perfect, but I'm not perfect, so there you go! I am a mom of 7 children. Six of them are living. One of our little boys was full term stillborn. How grateful to know that we will be able to see our handsome boy again, and that he is ours forever!! Out of seven children, six are boys! I love being a mom, and am so happy that I have at least one person who can talk "girl talk"! Three of my children have autism. They bring alot of uniqueness and tons of fun to our family! I love them immensely! I am extremely blessed with each of my kids! They are talented, bright, good kids! My favorite moment as a mom is to see them as they interact with and help each other. They're all pretty amazing! I have epilepsy, which has been both a challenge and a blessing! At this point in time, it has been almost one year since my last seizure. Yay! I love to run, hike, race walk, read, play the piano, compose songs, play games, etc. Not a professional at any one of these things, but I enjoy them anyway! I am very thankful each day for the wonderful life that I have. I have married a good man, and have wonderful children who are kind, funny,giving, and love each other! We have our moments, as most families do, but that's okay! We are all still learning and growing and trusting that all things will come together and that our family will not only be together here on earth, but will be an eternal unit as well! What a great time that will be!!

Why I am a Mormon

I have grown up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and have been a member since the age of 8. I was baptized on a Saturday, and then confirmed the following day in sacrament meeting. It was fast and testimony meeting, and as I sat with my immediate and extended family around me, I decided that I needed to bear my testimony. It was the first time I had ever publicly born my testimony. I'm not sure about everything I said, but I do distinctly remember how I felt. It was a feeling of peace and warmth, and my eyes welled up and tears coursed down my cheeks. I concluded, and then went back down and sat by my grandmother. I asked her what happened, why did I cry? I then saw the tears in her eyes as she explained to me about the spirit and testimony, and our Savior. That experience has stayed with me, and my testimony of this gospel has continued to grow through my life. I have encountered good examples and bad examples in my life, and have learned important life lessons from both. I am so grateful for all of the experiences that have inspired and have been a blessing in helping to shape the person that I am today. I am mostly grateful to a loving Heavenly Father who let me come and have this earthly experience, and learn. Learn about His son, Jesus Christ, and that He really did live and set a perfect example for us to follow. Our Savior provided a way back to our Heavenly Father through the atonement, for which I am eternally grateful! Because I know this, I also know that the Book of Mormon is true and correct, and I know that we have living prophets on the earth, and that Thomas S. Monson is the man who is called of God to be the President of our church today. He is the prophet that holds all of the priesthood keys that are necessary to preside over this church. This is the gospel of Jesus Christ! I am a member of it, and no matter what this life brings, I will rejoice in what I know without a doubt to be true! That is why I am a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I kind of have a job. I guess you can call it a job, but to me, it's just alot of fun! I am a substitute for our local school district. I mostly work in special needs classrooms. Love it! Life lessons are a great teacher, and have helped me as I have continued to learn so much from the teachers, aides and of course, the kids themselves!! I have pretty wonderful experiences at the schools I work in, which add to my already pretty wonderful experiences I have daily at home! In my ward, I serve as the adviser (teacher) to the 16 - 18 year old young women. They are amazing girls, and I have already come to love them dearly! I also play the organ for one of our Sunday meetings, and am a visiting teacher. Last year, I was asked to go on a pioneer activity called Trek with youth from our area, as the historian. Pretty great experience! My daughter, another couple, and I were able to take pictures and film and put it into a video at the end of trek! I love to take pictures! Not a pro, but I love it! It was a special experience! We have some tremendous leaders and young men and women! I have to admit, I am a cheerleader! But not the kind you think! No costumes or pom poms are involved. Just a camping chair, water bottles, sunscreen and a somewhat loud voice! Each year, we pack up for a couple of wonderful days and go to the Utah Special Olympic Games! One of my boys with autism plays soccer with a unified team. It is a wonderful place to be! For two days, you are surrounded by people who just love everyone, and who are not afraid to give hugs to their opposing team mates when they score a goal, or win a race! They are great examples, and I think they all deserve gold medals! Life is good, and the gospel of Jesus Christ makes it better, whether at work, home, church, or family activities! I am very blessed!