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Hi I'm Juli

I'm a Northwest Native that enjoys music, volleyball, people and plants. I love being a wife and mother, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy playing volleyball and pickleball, teaching and coaching at my kid’s schools, participating in choirs at church, attending the LDS Temple in Bellevue, and escaping to new places with my husband. I grew up on 30 acres in Kent, WA with my parents and their 8 children. From my father I developed a passion for people and plants, from my mother a love for music, motherhood and great desire to serve God by serving others. My 7 month old brother, Ben, died with a heart defect when I was in fourth grade, and it rocked my world. I often spoke to him in heaven, and spent many hours sitting at the cemetery sharing my joys and frustrations with him in my teen years. At college I realized that when I prayed to Heavenly Father I was also speaking to someone who deeply loves me, through my brother Jesus Christ--who also died, lives in heaven and is watching over me. That transition from sharing my world with Ben, someone I held and remembered, to sharing it with God, who is equally real, was seamless. I continue to live my life very aware that my choices matter, and as I share my joys and frustrations with my Father in Heaven He responds with warm expressions of love, answers to questions, and specific guidance--not always what I want to hear, but what turns out to be best for me in the long run. Like all women in this world, I am a daughter of God. And I’m a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

Christ walked the earth and some were blessed to pass close enough to Him to feel His power, hear His message, even to be healed by touching His hem. I feel as blessed as that woman who touched Him, that I was born to a family that had already been taught the same gospel that Jesus taught while He was walking the earth. Just as the Samaritan woman Christ spoke to at the well declared, “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?”, I listen to His words both through prophets in our time and ancient scripture and know these are Christ’s teachings. I, too, invite all those in the village to come to the well, listen to His word by reading the Book of Mormon and earnestly find out for yourself.

How I live my faith

I’m a clinical depression survivor, which took over my life and marriage in my 30‘s, and I’ve come out eager to fight with others for their lives and for their marriages to be strengthened in tough times. My depression taught me much about myself through counseling, about the importance of medication, and the wisdom of taking care of myself first so there’s something left in my bucket to serve my family and community. Most importantly, in my years of dark, deep pain, I turned to God daily to pull me out of my abyss. His scriptures became delicious to me, like a warm loaf of bread for a starving child. Prayer became like curling up on my father’s lap, and God comforted me after much pleading. I know miracles are real, both those in my past and those that continue to happen, and they leave no doubt in my mind that God lives and knows me fully. Now that I am able to feel joy again, I try to continue to live as close to God as I did when I was in pain. It is so easy to forget my dependence on Him when life is good, but I work hard to make time to read scriptures, ponder their impact on my life, and share my joys and fears through prayer daily. I’m such a better person when I remember to fit this into my day.