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Hi I'm Julie Foulger Darling

I grew up in Salem OR. I am daughter, a wife, a mother of 6 and a grandmother of 17. I am a breast cancer survivor & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am just an ordinary woman who loves her husband, children and grandchildren. I love to travel and learn. I love new born babies. I love to make quilts, especially for new babies. I love to read. I love piano music for it lifts my mood and calms my soul. I love to laugh. I love a beautiful sunset. I love the excitement of city lights at night. I love an organized clean house that is filled with sentimental treasures and memories filled with love. I love to decorate for each holiday and see the delight in my grandchildren's eyes as they notice the slightest addition or change from the year before. After completing grueling Breast Cancer treatment many would ask, "Don't you have a renewed, heightened sense of life, of really living each day?" My answer might surprise even fellow cancer survivors. No, I have always loved life. What cancer did give me was a deepened, profound sense of gratitude, compassion and an understanding and clarity of what is really important in this life. I am just an ordinary woman who has lived 67 years, who has seen many trials, who has experienced sadness, grief, loss and pain; An ordinary woman who has experienced happiness, fulfillment and joy in this life. Hopefully I have gained a little perspective and a little wisdom along the way ... as we all do as we live our daily lives. I am just an ordinary woman who loves the Lord and is filled with gratitude for the blessings we receive at His hand each day.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the doctrine is true. I know that Joseph Smith did in fact, see God and His Son, Jesus Christ. I was born believing and that belief has been confirmed everyday of my life as a mother, grandmother, church volunteer and community volunteer. My parents, grandparents and great grandparents have left me a legacy of faith. My great great grandfather was called of God by Joseph Smith to be one of the first 12 apostles when the gospel was restored to the earth. I am proud of my heritage and humbled at the sacrifices my ancestors made to make sure this legacy would be available to their family through the generations. I am a Mormon because I know the church is true.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith each day by "trying a little harder to be a little better" (Gordon B. Hinckley) Each day is not a perfect day, but each day has perfect moments as we serve others around us. Each day if we can lift someone's spirit, bring comfort to someone's sorrows, celebrate someone's success, if we can nurture a child or care for the less fortunate we will become a better person one day at a time. Every week as I teach a group of 6 and 7 year old boys and girls I am amazed at their innate ability learn and to recognize truth. It makes me keenly aware that we must never stop studying and learning. If we continue to be humble and have a desire to learn about the world around us we will be able to serve others with a willing heart, a forgiving heart , a patient heart and a caring heart and we will become a better person each day full of gratitude for our blessings. That is the essence of my faith - learning, service, gratitude and love.