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Hi I'm Julie

I am a wife, mother, daughter and a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student of life. I am always learning. I am a convert to the church and so far the only member in my extended family. I have 2 undergraduate degrees and a masters degree. I love to learn new things. I am curious. I don't remember facts or names, but I do have a good memory for numbers. I rely on the Spirit to guide me. I am a patient care coordinator in a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care unit and I love babies. I love the miracle of birth. I have an amazing husband and four wonderful children. I have faced challenges in life that I thought I could not overcome and I have come out stronger than I thought possible. I have learned that I can do hard things. Life is an amazing journey and I am blessed to have been helped along the way by so many incredible people.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a little girl I dreamed I was a princess. I believed that I had royal parents who loved me but had sent me to live with this family so I could experience a normal life. I dreamed that one day they would claim me and proclaim my royal heritage. I can remember making up elaborate stories of this in my mind when I was 9 years old. In junior high school I met a boy who was very talented musically. His entire family was. He was different than other boys. He opened doors for girls and was polite. He never cussed. I learned he was a Mormon. I began to have an interest in going to church. A friend invited me to join Job’s Daughters. My grandfather was a mason so I was eligible to join. It is a social organization for girls but I longed for something more spiritual. I spent a summer going to various churches with my friend. We attended many but nothing really felt right to me. I dated a boy who belonged to a nondenominational church in town that was meeting at a high school. I went with his family for many weeks but it still was not what I was looking for. My family then moved out of town and I started high school. I made friends with a girl in the orchestra and one day in the hall we were talking about good high school musicians. Somehow the name of the boy I knew in junior high came up. I was surprised she knew him and asked how. She replied, “he goes to my church”. So my new friend was Mormon. What is a Mormon I wondered? So I decided to find out. I asked her questions and we tried several times to set a date for me to go to church with her. I think it took months but eventually it all came together and I went to church with her. All I can say is that I felt like I was home. It felt so right, so comfortable. I had been to many different churches but I finally found where I belonged. I met with the missionaries and that was when I first learned that I am truly a child of royal heritage. The fantasy of my youth was real. I had come home at last.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day by having respect for myself and others. I pray constantly. Prayers of thanks, hope, and love. At work I rely heavily on the Holy Spirit to guide me. I am happiest when I seek for and follow that guidance. I have not always been good at doing that but I know life is a progression and as long as I keep trying I will improve. I try to learn from my mistakes. I wish I didn’t make so many mistakes but I try to learn and not make the same ones over and over. I participate in church activities and meetings regularly. I find that when I miss church because of work conflicts that I really need to do something else, like read a church magazine, in order to help me feel the Spirit and be happy.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

I love what Mormons teach about the nature of God. We believe that we have a Heavenly Father who has a body of flesh and bone and who is the creator of our spirits. We believe that His son, Jesus Christ, is our Savior and our elder brother. We are all God’s children. He knows us. He loves us, and He has a plan for us. Show more Show less