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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a stay-at-home mom to three children, I'm a former math professor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

At this point in my life, most of my time and energy goes to my home and children. I love volunteering in my son's elementary school classroom and I love working with children at church. My hobbies include sewing, paper-crafting, gardening, and reading. A book I am recommending is _Unbroken_ by Laura Hillenbrand, a fascinating story about an World War II veteran who survived a plane crash over the ocean and a brutal stint as a POW in Japan. In former years, I earned a PhD in mathematics from the University of Washington and spent several years as a mathematics professor at a four-year college. To keep my mind active, I have studied for and taken (and passed) a couple of actuarial exams and I still read mathematics texts for fun.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents brought me up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for which I am very grateful. As everyone does, I have had times of doubt and times of questioning my faith. But all of my life I have stayed close to the church for several reasons: 1) I have received confirmation from the spirit that this is His Church and I belong here. 2) The church teaches me to be a better, more loving person. Through my worship, I gather strength to try a little harder, to forgive someone who has hurt me, to stand for the right. 3) I see the pain in the world around me that comes from ignoring the commandments of God. I am grateful that I know a safer, happier way. 4) The scriptures and the teachings of the church give me the answers and the strength I need to get through the big and little trials of life.

How I live my faith

My current calling is to be in charge of the children's program in our ward (our local congregation). This involves organizing the teachers and leaders to present over 1.5 hours of gospel instruction to children ages 18 months to 12 years every Sunday. I love working with children in this age and I love all the wonderful and creative people I work with, who share their love and enthusiasm with the children in our ward. At home, we read from the Book of Mormon together as a family and pray together every day. We discuss the gospel together at dinner, in the car, and whenever we come up. My children are learning to be kind to others, something that is sometimes difficult, and to be an example of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are not perfect, but they are great examples to me.