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Hi I'm Julie

I am a speech pathologist, a wife and mother, a lover of learning, travel, scuba diving and so much more, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Midwest in a fairly traditional Mormon Family. I now have my own slightly less traditional family, which I adore. I’ve been married to a wonderful man for 4 years now & have 2 great kids (a step son & a little girl). I met my husband a little later in life. I was thrilled to find him after so many years of searching, but I’m equally grateful for the experiences I had while waiting to find him. I served as a missionary for the church and then went on to get a masters degree in Speech Pathologist at Howard University in Washington D.C. Since I struggled with learning disabilities for years this was a major accomplishment in my life. After getting my degree I worked with inner city kids for a few years before moving to Okinawa, Japan to work in the military schools. While in Japan I developed a love of traveling & scuba diving. It was a great life but I soon had a strong feeling that it was time to move back to the states. I argued with the Lord for a while, but in the end I had to admit that he had never led me astray. I found a job in Arizona & before I knew it I was dating the man I would marry a year later. I love my new little family & can’t wait to see it expand a bit more. That doesn’t seem to be happening the usual way right now, but I’ve come to accept that life rarely does. In time I’m sure we will find the other members of our little family, wherever they may be. Until then I’ll keep learning & growing in the wonderful life I’ve been given.

Why I am a Mormon

Even thought I was raised as a Mormon I have always been encouraged to study & pray about the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ that was taught to me at church. At the age of twelve I went before the Lord in earnest prayer, & for the first time ask him to help me to know what was true. My simple prayer was answered & this marked the first of many experiences that have leaded me to fully embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ & my membership in the Church. Another important reason I have chosen to remain a Mormon is due to my belief in, the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I have experienced the power of the Bible & the Book of Mormon in my life in ways that are very real. As I have come to feel the strength my life is given through the teachings in the Book of Mormon, my belief in its authenticity has grown as well. Each day I that I strive to live the teaching of the scriptures I can see more & more the positive influence they have on my life. Each decision is that much easier to make because I know that the Lord can & will show me the way. My life has taken so many unexpected twists & turns over the years, but I have found that as I strive to follow the Lords teachings, as given to us thought ancient & living prophets, my life has be filled with more wonderful treasures & experiences then I ever would have imagined. Through this I have come to know that God knows & loves me in ways I can’t even imagine. His constant love & guidance is the biggest reason why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

That is a hard one for me because anyone who knows me knows that, like most people, I have hard time living exactly the way I’m know that I’m supposed to, all of the time. Because of this I think the first way I strive to live my faith is by trying not to judge others. I know that everyone has different challenges and experiences in their life (experiences I may never understand) so I have come to trust that the Lord will judge them with an understanding and love that I am incapable of possessing at this time. Knowing this allows me to come know and to respect those that I’m am privileged to be acquainted with, for all the wonderful qualities I see in them and the positive influences they so often have on my life, in spite of any differences we may have. It is my hope that those around me will know what I believe through my daily actions (as imperfect as they may be) and that they can feel in the influence of the Savior in my life. I live my faith by striving everyday to follow the example of my Savior and the teachings of his prophets. Every day I fall short of what I want to be, but I just keep trying. I know that through the atonement of Jesus Christ I can be forgiven of my sins (great and small) and that each day I can begin a new. With perseverance I know that one day I can become what I really want to be – or more importantly, what the Lord wants me to be. It is my desire to live my faith by sharing my beliefs with anyone who is interested in learning about them, but I have to admit I’m not as good at this as I would hope to be. I guess that is one of the reasons I’m taking the time to write about “why I’m a Mormon”.