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Hi I'm Julie Gibb

I was a quilter before I became a student. I'm naturally optimistic and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married 22 years and am raising three boys and a dog. I have loved the challenges and opportunities that being a wife and mother entail. I'm not saying that life has always been blissful, but it certainly has forced me to reach a little further and dig a little deeper. At the moment, the reaching and digging comes in the form of school. Almost 3 years ago I once again became a student. I can't lie, the thought of returning to school for another degree was anything but pleasant, yet I knew this is what I was suppose to do. I have found that my mind and spirit have been invigorated by the learning. I've discovered that I'm a really good student--better than I was 20 years ago! I could not have made this decision and done so well if I had not known that heaven's help was just a prayer away.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon. That does not mean however, that I didn't have to figure out on my own what I believed. I had my struggles, but found as my family and I lived the gospel that amazing things could happen. That's what's so great about the gospel of Jesus Christ, everyone is encouraged and challenged to find out if what we believe is true. It's a process and most often comes in little pieces through prayer, studying the scriptures, and having a desire to know what is true. I had a deep longing as a teenager to know that Heavenly Father really knew who I was. I was as sincere and honest as I could be when I got on my knees one night. The answer came in such a powerful way that to this day I draw on that experience for strength when things are difficult. I know Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ know me and love me. I have continued to nurture that knowledge through prayer, scripture study, going to church, and serving those around me. Coming to know what is true was just the beginning.

How I live my faith

I've had many opportunities to serve in the community and in the church. Most of the opportunities to serve in the community come because of my membership in the LDS church. For instance, the last Saturday in July our state has instigated a day of service and hundreds of our church members help collect donated food and household items from friends and neighbors to stock the shelves of a local food bank. Our church also supports Scouting and our family has had many opportunities to help with Eagle Projects. We also have humanitarian projects going on constantly providing school kits, newborn kits, and hygiene kits to people around the world. Another thing I love about the church is that every member of the congregation is given something to do to help. Currently, I teach the 18 month to 3 year olds on Sunday. I have loved serving these little ones and have come to understand a little better why Jesus wants us to become like them. I have also had responsibilities teaching youth and adults, teaching music to children, and have also been in leadership positions. Some of these responsibilities have been easier than others but I've appreciated the chance to learn and grow. There is great satisfaction in doing and accomplishing something that you had no idea you could do.