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Hi I'm Julie

I grew up in Idaho, got a degree in Music Education, and married the man of my dreams. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an Idaho girl. I grew up there and went to college there and even married a boy from there. In college I studied music. I love music. I love listening to it and I love playing it. I'm a trombone player. I don't know if there is anything better than being a female trombone player. Except being a wife and a soon-to-be mother. My husband recently graduated from college and we moved to Virginia for his job. That is a long way away from Idaho and both our families, but we are so grateful that he has a good job. Moving across the country has been quite the adventure. I have seen so many things I had never seen before and it is SO beautiful out here. In just a few months we will welcome our first child into our family. Could life get any better?

Why I am a Mormon

I was born as a member of the LDS church, but I believe myself to be a convert. I always tried to live the gospel and do what was right. I have been so blessed by my decisions. Life hasn't always been easy, though. When I was a teenager I was going through a particularly rough patch in my life. I turned to the Lord and prayed for help. Over and over I prayed. Life seemed to just be getting worse. When I thought I could take no more I prayed fervently to know if Heavenly Father was even out there. All the sudden I felt an incredible peace. I could almost feel the arms of the Lord around me comforting me. In that moment I knew with a clear knowledge that not only was there a God, but that Jesus Christ was my Savior and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. All doubt was expelled. Now life did not instantly become perfect. It was still hard, but I was armed with the knowledge that allowed me to face anything. I did my best to be the kind of woman the Lord would have me be. I graduated high school as a Valedictorian, had a rich social life, went to college and graduated Cum Laude. I then married my husband in the temple and have been enjoying the next phase of my life. All the good things in my life I can attribute to my testimony of the gospel. I know it is true. And that is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have always tried to live my faith. I strive to live the standards as outlined, though I'm not perfect. One thing that I do is I accept the callings given to me. Having moved from a predominantly LDS area to Virginia has provided many opportunities to serve. I work with the Young Women in our ward. Some Sundays I teach and I go to activities on Wednesday nights. I also was in charge of Girls Camp for our ward. Out here they are serious about Girls Camp. It last 6 days and we sleep in tents. The preparation for that was very demanding as was the week with bugs and dirt! I think it was a good experience for the girls, though. Not only am I responsible for camp and work with the girls the rest of the time, but I am also lead the music in church. (My husband plays the organ among a number of other callings) And we are also members of a committee called the "Young Married Institute Counsel." Basically we, along with two other couples, plan a dinner and lesson every month for all the married couples aged 18-30 in our Stake. It is wonderful to be so involved and able to serve so much. Having gotten so involved in church out here has provided a family for us while our biological families are so far away.