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Hi I'm Julia

I'm a wife, a mother, a writer, and a decorator. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a fantastic man who makes me laugh every day, and together we have four great children (with the fifth arriving soon!) As challenging as my work as a wife and mother sometimes is, I love it and feel that it really is an important thing to do. My parents brought a lot of humor and joy to my youth; I grew up adoring Erma Bombeck, Dave Barry, and Gilda Radner. And while there's a lot in my life to laugh about (my 2-year-old trying to tell a knock-knock joke, for example), I've had my share of heartbreak and sorrow. My father passed away when I was 13 years old, leaving my mother to care for my two brothers and me by herself. It was a tragedy of such magnitude that it has shaped every day of my life since then, but I know I have come out a better person because of it. Life is good for me right now; I couldn't be happier...unless someone was in my kitchen doing my dishes. I like to decorate, write, read non-fiction, watch chick-flicks, bake, eat, and spend time with my family and friends. I really DON'T like ironing, awkward small-talk, bullying, and spiders in my basement.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I was always taught that I would need to find out for myself if this was the path I wanted to take. My father's illness and death really forced me to examine what I believed and why. Did I really believe there was a God? Did I really believe that he loves me, even though this horrible thing was happening to my family? Did I really believe that we could be together as a family forever? I've searched the scriptures, I've prayed, I've fasted, I've tried to live the principles of the gospel, and the answers to all of my questions are yes, yes, and yes. I am a Mormon because the doctrines of the church make sense to my mind and to my heart. I believe that God does things with order; He provides a specific way for us to learn about Him and return to Him. Likewise, I believe that my family can be together forever not just because it will somehow all end up that way, but because there is priesthood authority on the earth that has the power to bind families together for eternity. But most importantly, I'm a Mormon because I feel so much joy, peace, and fulfillment in my life as I do my best to live the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is so intertwined with every facet of my life that it colors everything I do. I try every day to treat people the way I think Christ would treat them. I am very imperfect in this and everything else, but, just as I love my children even when they don't do things exactly right, I know that God loves me and all His children even with our flaws and mistakes. My "job" in the church is to work with children ages 18 months-12 years old. Along with many other caring adults, I teach them about Jesus Christ and His gospel every Sunday. As I've gotten to know the children and listened to the sweet and oftentimes hilarious things they have to say, I have come to understand in some measure why Christ said that "except ye...become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." Within the walls of my own home, my family prays together every morning and night, we read from the scriptures together every day, and we have a weekly "family night" where we discuss religious topics (often taught by our young children, which is very enlightening and entertaining). I try to read from the scriptures when I have some quiet time to myself (usually when everyone else is asleep), and I go out with a partner each month to visit three women from my congregation to talk about the gospel and check on their overall well-being.