Hi I'm Julie
I grew up in Las Vegas but finished high school in western Washington. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and fell in love with biology. So naturally, I became a biology teacher. I believe that God used evolutionary means to create the world and that there is no disconnect between science and religion. I love learning about the what's and how's in the world and am in awe at the power of God. I can see his work in everything and am so grateful to know Him. I'm a mother of two beautiful children and know they are precious spirits of God-children of God-as we all are. My husband and I are committed to teaching our family this and the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Why I am a Mormon
I am deeply grateful for my parents who taught me the gospel and set the example for me. I'm also grateful for ancestors who accepted the gospel. My father is a first-generation member of the church and as analytical as he is, he whole-heartedly has a testimony of the truth of the gospel. I am the same way and had to know for myself if it is true. So, in my teenage years, I spent a lot of time pondering and learning about the gospel by reading the scriptures, attending church and through prayer. Over time, my testimony of the gospel has grown and I know that it is truth, as plain as scientific truth. It continues to grow every day as I try to live righteously and nurture my faith.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
Just like anyone else in the world, Joseph Smith wondered what the Lord would have him do and how he should worship Him. The gospel of Christ had been lost since Christ's time and needed to be restored. God chose Joseph, because of his great faith, to help restore it. I admire and appreciate his faith. I know he was a prophet of God.
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
I've never been a patient person. As a mother of two small children, my patience is..well let's say my patience gets tried every day. I've prayed to have more patience and do feel stronger some days, but not in others. I've learned that I need to start my days out with a simple prayer to ask my Heavenly Father for the patience and love to be the mother He knows I can be for my children. Those days that I pray go a lot smoother than those days where I forget my prayers. Of course the same craziness occurs, but I feel strengthened and am able to hold my temper and even laugh at things that might normally have made me cry. But it is in those moments where I feel so overwhelmed and just can't take it that I drop to my knees and beg for help from my Heavenly Father. Although my problems don't dissapear after those prayers, my attitude is changed and I feel lifted, literally like the Savior is standing beside me helping me along. Prayers are a real communication with the God and His end of the line is always open. I know that my prayers aren't always answered immediately, but the fact that I know He's listening is comfort enough to strengthen me until they are answered.
How I live my faith
My faith is dependent on my daily prayers, scripture study, attitude, weekly church attendence, and how well I am trying to keep the commandents the Lord has given us. If I lack in my persistance in any of these areas, my faith struggles. I currently assist with the music at church and can feel His love and Spirit through the hymns we sing. One way I can always increase my faith and attitude is through listening to hymns or playing them on the piano. It always puts me in a better mood and eases the tension in our home.