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Hi I'm Juli

I am a music-loving, children-adoring, gum-chewing mother of six. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of 6 beautiful children. Our oldest child is 13 years old, and our youngest is 1! It is very busy, but also truly amazing! I love, love, LOVE being with my kids and my awesome husband! He is absolutely my very best friend--forever! I also love the outdoors...biking, backpacking, hiking, running...just taking in the scenery and beautiful depth of the world is so incredibly refreshing to me! Fitness is also hobby of mine. I've taught fitness classes for a decade. In college I was a voice major singing in front of professors and audiences that would instruct and critique me. Now I sing for my children, and they don't mind if I sing off key.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the teachings and principles taught in the Book of Mormon have helped me understand who I am and what this life is all about. I have a deeper understanding of the role of our Master Jesus Christ. I also know that I am a daughter of our Heavenly Father who loves me. He really loves me. That has made all the difference.

How I live my faith

I strive everyday to teach my children the principles that I love. It takes determination, a little flexibility, and a lot of focus. We have daily scripture reading as a family and family prayer. Even though we have changed the times and location of where we read the scriptures (we read them at the table before dinner now), we have made reading them a priority. Our children see that. Consistent effort is key. We also hold a special meeting together every Monday night--Family Home Evening. The kids take turns teaching lessons, choosing an activity, or preparing a treat. It's something we all look forward to. At Church, I help in the Young Women's organization. I teach gospel lessons to 16 to 17 year old young women--and LOVE it!. One of my favorite parts of serving in the Church is the personal visits in the homes of other women--talking with them, sharing personal experiences of how the gospel can bless our lives, and trying to serve them. It really blesses my life. Mostly because it gives me the opportunity to think of others, and helps me feel closer to the Savior. I am trying to make every aspect of my life more consistent with His teachings.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Juli
 Our bodies are referred to as "temples" in the Bible. I believe that is an accurate description, because they house our spirits. It is vital that we take care of our bodies because we are taught important truths through the Spirit or Holy Ghost. If we don't take care of our bodies or if we allow substances to destroy or dull our body's physical senses, it will hinder our ability to recognize spiritual messages or revelations to our hearts and minds. If our bodies are clear of harmful substances or addictive behaviors, we can be more in tune with that spiritual communication. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Juli
I, for a time, struggled with this question. But after prayerful study and some humble prayers I have come to an understanding. Marriage is ordained of God between one man and one woman. It is a sacred trust and covenant made with God and each other. Knowing that God's ways are not our ways and His understanding is so much more elevated than our own, I accept that He commanded some of his devout leaders such as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to have more than one wife to "raise seed unto [himself]." And, true to His pattern of being the "same yesterday, today, and forever" He asked some of the early Saints in this dispensation to do the same. Hundreds of choice spirits were able to come down to earth sealed to a father and a mother under sacred covenants. They were better able to establish a good foundation for a growing Church, and then in turn, each of those children were able to teach, strengthen, and grow in the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less