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Hi I'm Julie

I am a wife and a mother to 3 busy boys. I love reading, eating out, and warm weather. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of 4 children -- and I only have 1 brother. So, having 3 boys of my own has been eye-opening. I'm learning to love sports much more than I ever thought possible, and I'm getting the hang of keeping a stocked pantry and fridge for hungry boys. Before I became a full-time mom, I wrote for a business magazine. It was challenging, but I liked it -- especially all of the reading and research. Now, I read less business news and more mysteries. I also enjoy listening to my son read to me. I love music. Singing and listening. I sing first soprano with a 13-member all female group. My favorite music to sing is Christmas music. I enjoy baking and trying new recipes from the various cooking blogs I stalk, but my favorite food is popcorn. The highlight of my life is my relationships. My husband, my kids, my parents, siblings, extended family, and dear friends mean everything to me. I have other interests and hobbies, but I spend most of my spare time "staying in touch."

Why I am a Mormon

Even people who are born to parents who are Mormons and who grow up learning the teachings of the Church have to decide at some point whether this Church is true or not. It was when I was a teenager that I started thinking more seriously about my own beliefs and stopped relying on my parents' beliefs. I had read parts of the Book of Mormon before, but never cover to cover. And I came to a point where I just had to know if it was all true. Because in my mind, if the Book of Mormon was true, then the Church was really true. So, I started reading the Book of Mormon and praying specifically to know if it was true. I felt so much peace as I read, and I felt such a closeness to our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ. I felt that Heavenly Father was really hearing my prayers. I felt a deeper sense of gratitude than I'd ever felt before for Jesus, as our Savior. I'm a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is true, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true, that Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers, that Jesus Christ is our Savior.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing simple things that strengthen it ... things that the outside world doesn't see but that make a difference for me. Like reading each day from the Book of Mormon or Bible. I also pray by myself each day to discuss my problems with and to give thanks to the Lord. I pray with my family to express gratitude for the things the Lord has blessed us with. And I try to be kind to those around me. Within our congregation, I organize activities twice a month for the girls ages 8-11. It's a little like Girl Scouts in that we do things to develop skills and talents (like learning to make pie crust or doing yoga) and provide service to our congregation (like cleaning the toys in the nursery classroom for the 2 year olds) or the world (like making some blankets for the needy or delivering valentines to a retirement center). Some of the activities also help the girls learn more about the Church. For instance, we watched a short video in which our past prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley talked about the Mormon pioneers. Living one's faith is all about integrity to me. I feel happiest when my actions are aligned with my beliefs.