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Hi I'm Julia

I'm an emptynester with three adult children. I work for a public school system, love spending time with family and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Being a military family for 23 years taught us that "home is where you hang your hat"! Our family grew through all our wonderful experiences while living among other faiths and cultures. What amazing friends we made along the way! As our children grew I enjoyed working in their schools and eventually settled down at the district office working in technology. This coming from a girl who wasn't even comfortable hooking up a computer and didn't know anything about spreadsheets! It's amazing how the Lord has helped me develop more skills and gain a better understanding of how things operate in the technical world in which we live. In my spare time, I used to scrapbook more and need to pull out some unfinished projects. I truly feel keeping a family history is important for our posterity and I want future generations to know of our love for the Savior and of the blessings (and challenges) in our lives. I also feel the Spirit strongest through music and enjoy participating in church choirs and singing solos as the opportunities arise. I enjoy date nights with my husband, being with my family and lunch with girlfriends. Each of them provides me with great joy. I truly miss our children now that they are starting lives of their own, but am so proud of them and the choices they have made. Grandchildren are the best!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 10 years old, the missionaries came to our door and taught about eternal families. This sparked a desire to learn more about the Church and it's teachings. What a blessing that friends of my mothers had asked them to pay us a visit and teach us about eternal families! Our family had been church hopping and being raised in the south, my father felt he had enough “churching”. He was discouraged with other churches and leaders who had been unable to answer some of the questions and desires of his heart. Even though he wasn't interested in hearing about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the missionaries, my mother, sister and I began the gospel teachings in our home each week. To my astonishment, my father began to join as his questions were finally being answered. He tells me that he had a feeling of “coming home again”. Our family was baptized together on the same day and a year later experienced the blessing of being sealed for eternity in the temple. Very joyous occasions! I love the fact that the Church's teachings and programs are the same anywhere we may live or travel around the world. No need to church hop or observe clergy to find the one that matches our beliefs the most. Wherever we go, we are always embraced by local Church members. It is like having an extended family all over the globe! My husband and I look forward to serving as missionaries together someday; serving others in their communities and teaching them about the fullness of Christ’s gospel. I know that our Father in Heaven speaks through a living prophet today. I love the scriptures and learning about God's word and the teachings of our Savior during His mortal ministry. How grateful I am for a loving Heavenly Father who cares about each of us and who prepares us for the Savior’s second coming. It sounds cliché but I don’t know where I would be without the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. It truly gives me meaning, purpose and clarity.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to volunteer in many organizations in the church, but mainly with the youth - specifically the young women ages 12-18. How fulfilling to watch their testimonies of the Savior grow and their lives strengthened through living the covenants they made at baptism. For the last 5+ years I have been blessed to serve as a public affairs worker and have enjoyed opportunities to clarify misconceptions about our beliefs while working with local media and community leaders. I love serving in our community as well as assisting with the organization and implementation of events that benefit all, such as Emergency Preparedness Fairs, Chapel Open houses and our very popular annual Christmas Festival. Bringing the light of Christ to all through service, as Paul taught in Romans 12, is one small way I can show love and gratitude to my Savior for his atoning sacrifice. I also look forward to serving a mission with my husband someday, thus sharing the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. I love living in the Bible belt among so many good people who strive to live Christ-like lives and return to our Heavenly Father. I endeavor to be a good example and help others overcome their trials. One of my favorite scriptures is in the Book of Mormon, Ether 12:27 (http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/ether/12.27). This scripture has provided me strength throughout my life as trials and temptations have come my way. I am reminded that I am given weaknesses to help me remain humble and that my weaknesses can become strengths and a way to bless the lives of others. I am so thankful for the covenants I have made which allow me to rejoice in knowing that my family can be together for eternity and that we can live again with our Father in Heaven and our Savior, Jesus Christ. This knowledge alone has brought me true peace and comfort that no earthly possession or temporal knowledge could come close to providing.