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Hi I'm Julie

I've lived in 5 states and 3 countries. I'm doing my best to raise a good family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a great guy and together we are raising three energetic, talkative, and (mostly) happy kids. Our children are ages 4, 7, and 9. After ten years of marriage, we finally finished graduate school and my husband is currently a university professor. I stay at home with our children and teach 8 piano students. I like to swim, throw a frisbee, do puzzles, and play the piano. I also like doing logic problems and Sudoku. I love eating, especially chocolate desserts. I suffer from chronic pain, which limits what I can do with my family. My family moved a lot when I was younger, including a year and a half we spent in Tokyo. I studied Linguistics in college, where I learned some Japanese and spent a lot of time on computers. I'm active in my kids' school and working with the children in our church. I love what I do, even though being a parent is extremely hard (and rewarding)!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS faith. But I didn't believe it just because my parents did. As a teenager, I prayed and came to understand that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I also prayed and received an answer about these truths of Mormonism: families can be together even after we die, Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, there is a living prophet on the earth, and most importantly that Heavenly Father knows and loves me. The knowledge that I have a Father in heaven that knows my name and has a plan for me changed my life as a teenager, a college student, a wife, and now as a mother. The Gospel gives me purpose to make it through the difficult days and keep trying because I know that God cares about me and the choices I make. The Gospel gives me direction when I am making decisions as I can pray and receive personal revelation. The Gospel gives me hope when I suffer from chronic pain to know that Jesus has suffered so much more than I ever will. The Gospel helps me know what to teach my children as I study the scriptures and the words of the prophets.

How I live my faith

Each day, I look for opportunities to live a Christian life, especially by helping others. This starts in my own home with my husband and children, whom I adore! I've had many chances to do service for friends of mine who are single parents. I reach out to my neighbors and get to know them, often bringing by treats or babysitting for them. I feel that to be a good Christian, I need to be a good neighbor and friend. I also am active in my kids' schools as I find many opportunities to help and serve there. I try to live my life in a way that makes Heavenly Father happy. I also try to live with no regrets. On Sundays, I work with and teach the young children (ages 18 months to 11 years) in our church. I love being able to see their faces light up when I tell them that Jesus loves them or that Heavenly Father cares about their decisions. I'm grateful for the opportunity that I have to talk about my beliefs and help teach these little minds and hearts to have faith, hope, and love. I learn as much from them as they could ever learn from me!