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Hi I'm Julie

I grew up in the United States. I've run four marathons including Boston. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother of 3 active children. I love to exercise--cycling is my new favorite activity. I graduated from college and worked a few years before I married. I enjoy doing home renovations and watching shows on how to do the renovations yourself. I love playing the piano and singing. I also spend a lot of time taking my kids to sports and music lessons and helping with homework several days a week.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon. I had good experiences going to church and feeling like my congregation was like family. I was fortunate to have had good friends growing up that shared my strong moral values and made it easier to make good choices. I attended early morning seminary for 4 years (during my high school years.) We had classes that started at 6 AM and focused on the scriptures. This helped strengthen my faith. The most important factor for my continued activity in the Mormon church is that I have read the Book of Mormon several times and have felt peace from the Holy Spirit that what I was reading was true. WIth the knowledge, that helped me to know the Joseph Smith, who translated the Book of Mormon with the gift and power of God, was also a true prophet. And if Joseph Smith was a prophet then the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in true. That helps me to know that we have a prophet today, Thomas S. Monson. It is a blessing to not only have the Holy Ghost as a constant companion, but also to have God's word through his prophets today.

How I live my faith

I like to help people. I work with the women in our congregation and help them set goals to increase their faith in God. I also plan activities that help them to strengthen their families and help them to live providently. I volunteer at my children's schools. I am also a visiting teacher and visit a few ladies in our congregation each month and share a message and encourage them. I work with my husband to teach our children to be honest and to be good citizens.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No. Young men who are 19 and in good health and good standing in the church have a duty to serve, but are not forced to do so. Young women also serve, but are not required. Retired couples are also encouraged to serve. Show more Show less