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Hi I'm Julie Thacker

I'm a Mormon. I am a single parent of six, an occupational therapist, an artist, a friend, and an optomist.

About Me

I am an optomist at heart. I love finding "silver linings" in difficult situations. This pattern has helped me get through many challenging times, including several health issues, the loss of multiple pregnancies, divorce, single parenting as a student earning my Master's degree, and now learning to juggle my career and motherhood duties. I have found that when I look, I can always find so many things to be happy about each day! I find this is true even in my work with handicapped children. When I focus on the abilities more than the limitations of these special children of our Heavenly Father, I see them as perfect and capable spirits in bodies that provide countless opportunities for happiness and growth. A focus on the positives amidst the challenges of each day fosters great hope and happiness, because I know that a loving Heavenly Father has a plan for us and wants us to be happy in this life. The Atonement of His Son, Jesus Christ, is the ultimate reason that we can find not only "silver linings," but a completeness of hope and joy and fulfillment, no matter what challenges we face.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints fill me with great happiness and hope. During times of challenge, I have felt a tremendous support system in both the teachings and the members of the Church. The focus on families is also important to me, and I love that there is a "niche" for everyone, from small children through adults, to fit in and be welcomed by others. I've been especially grateful many times for the incredible youth program, where my kids have been able to mingle with good kids and establish lifelong friendships. I was also blessed with those types of associations in my youth, and still associate on a regular basis with many of that youth group. I am also grateful for the beautiful teachings and work that happens within the walls of the temples around the world, as my life has been strengthened and blessed by that! More than anything, I love the focus on the Savior, Jesus Christ, as the focal point of God's plan for his children. It gives my life deeper purpose and meaning, and courage and hope to face the challenges of each day.

How I live my faith

I am a firm believer that the best sermon of all is the one that is lived each day. I try very hard to live in ways that shows my core faith in God and Jesus Christ, and my desires to do good and be good. My experiences in voluntarily serving in many positions within the Church have given me skills and confidence that have carried over into every other aspect in my life. My first experiences of teaching and working with small children and others came from teaching others in the Church. My love of singing developed in large measure from singing at Church functions and meetings. The fun and enriching youth programs of the church have been a joy to participate in, both as a youth myself, and then as a leader in various capacities over the years. My love of elderly people came in large measure from associating with older members of the LDS Church groups I have been a part of. I daily see many ways that the skills that I developed from serving in the Mormon church over the years continue to be useful to me, both in my career and in my daily life as a mother and friend.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Julie Thacker
One of the teachings of the Mormon church that I really love is that God is our Father in Heaven, that we are literally his spirit sons and daughters, and that He has individual regard for each one of us. This gives me great peace and hope, as I reflect upon my own children and how much I love each of them as individuals, and want to help them become the best people they can become. I know that God feels this same way towards me, only magnified greatly. This helps me understand that life, with all its challenges, has purpose and meaning, and that God will help me through even the toughest of times. I'm glad to know that He is such a personal God, knows me by name, cares what happens to me, has a plan for my happiness. Wow! I'm the luckiest girl ever! Show more Show less