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Hi I'm Julia

I read, eat chocolate and laugh. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a high school teacher and the youngest of 5 kids. My siblings would say that I was spoilt but I maintain it was hard growing up the youngest and most annoying member of the family. Who plays tennis with the 5th kid? I grew up on the beautiful island of Tasmania where we enjoyed an uncomplicated childhood of building forts and terrorising the neighbourhood. I ended up living in Brisbane where the sun shines constantly. The only time I don't enjoy the sun is when playing sport. I love to create. I will try to create anything...except food...which usually ends in disaster. Being able to teach art and english is fun, and I love every opportunity to rave on about these subjects to the dismay of my students.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints initially because I was brought up as one. At the age of 8 my parents asked me if I wanted to join the church I had been going to already my whole life and of course I accepted. I do remember that day as a special and important day. I chose to become a member at that early age perhaps not fully understanding what that meant, but I do now. I choose to be a mormon every day of my life and the choices I make are based on personal experiences I have on a daily basis. No one has ever forced me to go to church and live this life and as I reflect on the person I would have been without the life teachings the gospel has given me I don't think I would be very impressive. The gospel gives me hope and knowledge of who I am, it gives me reason to treat people with respect and kindness in a world that does not, it gives me the strength to live my life and improve myself amid turmoil and hardship. I am so happy to know that families can be together beyond the grave, that we can meet again. I have a knowledge that God is real and has a purpose for me.

How I live my faith

I could never say I live my life perfectly! But I'm trying to improve it daily! My faith dictates the kind of teacher I am and how I interact in my community. I try to serve as much as I can, whether it's volunteering after natural disasters or volunteering time for school and community projects. Within my own ward at church I am one of many sunday school teachers who spend 40 minutes teaching gospel doctrine. I am far from perfect at that either but I study hard and like to hear what class members have to say since everyone has different experiences to share! I also try to take time out to visit other women from my ward. It's assignment based called 'Visiting Teaching' and gives us opportunity to get to know each other, care for one another's needs, teach one another and HAVE FUN TOGETHER!! I've had some very cool opportunities to serve and become friends with people I don't think I would have if it hadn't been for visiting teaching. I love that by serving in communities and at church, looking after one another we embody our faith!