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Hi I'm Julie

I grew up in Arizona. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology. I love being an aunt to nine great kids, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always considered myself to be a thinker and a dreamer. When I was growing up I invested most of my time with music and academics. I started playing the viola when I was nine years old and that quickly became one of my greatest pleasures and took up most of my time outside of school. In junior high I was involved in soccer, track, and cheerleading and I loved being a part of a team. In high school music was my passion and I spent most of my time being involved with various community and youth orchestras, I even travelled to China! Even though music was everything to me I did not end up majoring in performance. My interests then switched to psychology because I had always been fascinated by human nature and helping people deal with their difficulties in life. I loved college and I learned a lot about myself during my years getting my bachelors degree. More than anything I learned that I am capable of doing hard things and that God is always there for me. Since I graduated over a year ago I have spent time working with at-risk youth in a residential treatment facility and now work in an office while I decide what to do for graduate school. Besides my interests in psychology and counseling I love to read, write, and watch movies. I especially love spending time with family and friends and just laughing together. Life is so good when you have people to love.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it has brought me great joy. I was raised Mormon, but I had to receive my own personal testimony of the truths found in this gospel. I struggled a lot when I was a teenager with sadness and anxiety and figuring out how I belonged in the world. Trying to find my identity was difficult, but it was made easier to bare because of what I had been taught and what I grew to know as true. I was taught to pray to God as my Heavenly Father and that I was His child. I doubted at times His existence and love for me but as I struggled through my adolescence and young adulthood I found that God was in fact there and He loved me. I am Mormon because this gospel is true. Jesus Christ died for my sins and knows me personally. I also know that Joseph Smith restored this church and that because of that we have prophets again on this earth. It is comforting to know that in a world so full of turmoil and despair and moral depravity that we have a prophet who guides us. This gospel gives me hope and peace in a crazy world and I would not be here without it. I also know that because the true church of Jesus Christ was restored families can be together forever and this is the biggest comfort of all for me. I love my family and I know that despite any tragedy that could happen, because of the gospel we will see each other again. This life is NOT the end.

How I live my faith

I love serving in my ward. In the past I have helped lead the music in our church meetings, and have been involved with representing the institute program where young people can receive religious instruction during the college years. Currently I lead the young adult women in my ward and organize activities, teach, and help the women become closer to God and stronger in their testimonies. I love serving because I have gotten to know people more intimately and I have felt the love of God for the individual. It is true that this is not a church where you can sit around and do nothing, but that is the way of Jesus Christ who was always serving. Jesus Christ, ultimately, is the reason we do anything in the church. We strive to be more like him and like God as we serve, and live our lives.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Reading the Book of Mormon and Bible will help you live your life with more purpose and direction. As you pray in conjunction with reading these scriptures God will guide you and answer your prayers through the words in the various books. I know this is true and have tested it in my own life. I read the scriptures every day because they bring me peace and help me learn more about God's purpose for me and for the world. Show more Show less