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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a writer, an educator, a wife & a mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife of 19 years & mom of 5 kids, from teenagers to toddlers. I work in education. I tutor in math and reading, plus I work as an aid to students with disabilities. I am starting graduate school soon and getting my teaching licensure. I am an avid reader and writer. I will read almost anything and am trying to catch up on all the classics I missed when I was younger. I could talk books all day if you let me! I write flash fiction (that's short stories usually under 1000 words) and have published a few. I am also working on a novel, but with all the other stuff in my life, it'll probably be a while before it's completed.

Why I am a Mormon

It's simple. I find that when I follow the teaching of my church, I am happy, my family is happy, and life is good even when it's really bad. I grew up in a somewhat volatile environment. Both my parents were alcoholics, my mother recovered, my father was not at the time. Eventually the family split and times were hard. Really hard! This is when I first gained my dependence on my Heavenly Father. My earthly father was not present in my life, so I allowed my Heavenly Father to take his place. It turned out to be a better arrangement. This is where that journey lead me. I am a Mormon because I believe there is more to life then the same stuff running around and around in the other religions. There is more. So much more! There is a sense of completeness to everything, like I'm not living life with only 500 pieces of a 1000 piece puzzle. I wouldn't have it any other way.

How I live my faith

I have been working with the children of the church in one way or another for many years. I absolutely love it! Kids are awesome in so many ways and they have so much to give. I love teaching them the lessons of the gospel that I hope they will be able to remember throughout their lives in fun and unique ways.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

I believe the purpose of life is to progress and learn. I believe that we are literal children of our Heavenly Father, and that as such, we are encouraged to grow and learn and become as much like him as we can in this life. Isn't that what all parents want for their children? In order for us to become more like him, we first needed to receive a physical body. Then with that body, we live though a mortal experience, forming families, gaining experience, and choosing good or evil. When we complete our mortal existence, we can return to live with him and hopefully continue on a track of eternal progression. Show more Show less