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Hi I'm Julia

I'm a Southern California native, I'm a wife and mother of four, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been extraordinarily blessed in my life to have a wonderful family. I have been married for 18 years and have four healthy, happy and talented children. I love being a mom and most of all I love staying home with my kids. I have a teaching credential and taught full-time for a few years until I had my first daughter. After she was born, I decided to stay home--I have not regretted my decision especially as three more babies joined our family over a space of ten years. At one point I taught ESL two evenings each week. This was an incredible experience for me to teach people from many different countries who wanted to learn English and work hard to make a difference and enrich their lives. I have a great respect and love for the many friends I had the opportunity to teach. Although I am not teaching outside of our home right now, I feel like I will always be a teacher to my four children and future grandchildren. I love to read and sing with my children. My three daughters take piano lessons and dance ballet... these activities take a lot of time and practice. It is one of my greatest joys in life hearing my children play the piano and watch their graceful dancing. We also love riding bikes and going for family walks with our little dog, Quincy. My four year old son will also take piano lessons some day, but in the mean time, he loves to play with his cars, trains and his bike.

Why I am a Mormon

I can't remember a time that I did not know that the church was true. I think I was born with a testimony. They say that children have the light of Christ and can recognize truth. True, my parents taught me at an early age principles that helped me understand right from wrong, but when I was baptized at eight years old, I was old enough to know for myself. I have a firm faith in the Savior Jesus Christ. Reading the Book Of Mormon daily is like reading a personal message from my Heavenly home. There is a great power in the scriptures which, when used in conjunction with prayer has brought me personal miracles. I have had my prayers answered countless times and I know the answers that came were from God because they were not what my brain would have ever told me to do. The words spoken to my heart were words of peace and pure love. This is what the Savior teaches in all books of scripture and I know that the Book of Mormon is another testimony that Jesus is the Christ and the Savior of the world. I love him! And I know He lives and loves me too. I am a Mormon because this church can answer all of my questions and it brings me great peace and joy knowing what my purpose in life is.

How I live my faith

I think working in Primary is the best calling in the church! I have been the Primary president for a few years and feel excited to come to church each week and see the shining, happy faces of the children. When I teach, I feel like I am the one being taught. In the past, I have been blessed to work in the women's organization called Relief Society, work with the 8-11 year old girls, conduct the ward choir and work as a ward missionary . I also visit sisters each month and look forward to having them visit me. The whole organization of the church is, in itself, a testimony that it is true. All of the positions in the church are filled by an unpaid clergy who, through inspiration, calls the members of the ward to support positions. This particular format gives every worthy member of the church an opportunity to serve and to teach others. I love this! Even our little children have the opportunity to give short talks, prayers and scriptures. These opportunities help me to truly live my faith and strengthen me because when I teach, I have to prepare and it helps me delve into the scriptures with real purpose and intent. My testimony grows every time I read my scriptures, ponder or prepare to teach a lesson. It forces me out of my comfort zone, to reach out to others when it could be a lot easier to just sit back an let someone else do it for me.