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Hi I'm Julie

I am a military spouse, musician, and a graduate student learning about literacy.

About Me

I'm a military spouse and mother to 6 children. I like to be active outside, read all kinds of books, make pizza and other fun/healthy foods, and play music on the piano and the bassoon. I also love to learn new things--right now I am learning the Japanese language and it is amazing to study it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to Mormon parents and grew up going to the Mormon church. When I was a teenager I wanted to know for myself if this was the right church for me. I tried going to other churches with my friends for a while but I never felt the Spirit as strong as when I attended the Mormon church. Walking back into a Mormon chapel felt like coming home. We move all the time, but no matter where we go I feel that same loving, welcoming feeling when we enter a Mormon church building--wherever we are in the world.  Each day I wake up and thank my Heavenly Father that the gospel is on the earth right now and that I can have it in my life. There is so much knowledge in the restored gospel that brightens up my life and helps me to see God's hand in all things. I am forever grateful to the Prophet Joseph Smith for his hard work and sacrifice to make it possible for the Book of Mormon to be translated and for the church to be on the earth today. I have prayed and know for myself that these things are true.

How I live my faith

I am the choir director for our congregation. It is a lot of fun and such a neat way to serve the Lord. I don't know a thing about singing but I do know how to lead music and play the piano so I share what I know and ask my choir members for help with the rest. It has been neat to see how Heavenly Father has helped me with this calling He has given me the strength to open my mouth and invite people to come to choir, He has helped me learn how to focus on a few things at a time to make practice more productive, and He has let me feel His love for the people in my ward that we are serving with our singing. I also get to be friends with my visiting teaching companion and three other women in our ward that we visit each month. No one is ever alone because our Savior is always there for us. Visiting teaching allows me to be His hands if one of my friends is in need.