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Hi I'm Julie

I was born in Victoria, Australia, but grew up in Queensland, Australia. I am a mother, wife, sister, friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am first and foremost a wife and mother who just happens to work in retail as a part of a management team. I have a great passion for reading and am a qualified proofreader. I have been a member of the church for 17 years, having been an adult convert. I enjoy watching my son as he trains in Rhee Taekwondo to achieve his black belt. Helping him to achieve his goals, no matter what they are, is important to me. One day I hope to take up where I left off and achieve my black belt too! Since I first posted this profile I have taken up Rhee Taekwondo again! I am on my way to black belt!!

Why I am a Mormon

I love my family . They are important to me and who I am as a person. They are the reason I keep going, the desire to one day have an eternal family. Families are forever and I want ALL of my family with me - the eternities are a long time to be away from them. Being a member of the church has quite literally changed me from what I was, and what I was becoming, into who I am today - someone I could love and respect. I sometimes wonder what my life would have been like if I hadn't joined the church - probably OK I suppose, but now it is great. It has a purpose, it has meaning and something wonderful to aim for. I will be eternally grateful to that friend who took the chance and introduced me to the gospel, and eternally thankful that I accepted it despite guidance to the contrary. The first time the missionaries taught me it quite literally answered the questions that I had been asking myself for probably 12 years - where did I come from, why am I here and what's the whole point to it, and where to next? Everything they taught me was like being reminded of something I already knew. I felt peace and a knowledge that I had found what I didn't know I was looking for!

How I live my faith

I have participated in many areas of the church in the last 17 years, from teaching the small children in Primary, to teaching the women. I am currently teaching the youth and have done for the past 4 years. I am a visiting teacher - I visit with ladies of the church, usually in their homes, at least once a month. I have developed some wonderful friendships with these lovely ladies - I have been blessed so much and gotten so much out of our visits. At home we try to have Family Home Evening, a time when as a family we get together and share gospel principles, followed by yummy treats. It doesn't always work and sometimes we forget, but we try to spend as much time as possible with each other and as a result we have a strong family unit. I live my faith by example. I follow the church's teachings of not drinking tea, coffee or alcohol. I dress modestly yet fashionably. The thing is, I'm not perfect. I mess up and make mistakes. But the important thing is that I don't give up. Sometimes I'm just plain tired and for a second it is tempting to stay in bed on a Sunday morning. But I know that that is not where I'm meant to be, and once I get up and get going the rest is easy. I need to be among those who believe as I do and have my soul nourished by God's word. It helps strengthen me and helps me to be...ME.