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Hi I'm Julie

I play cello and I love to run. I love learning. My family is my greatest joy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a military family and lived all over the world. At age 7, my family moved to Sweden for 3 years and I was thrown into Swedish school without knowing a word of Swedish. Within a year, my new teachers didn't know I was American. I met my husband in college and graduated in Political Science thinking I would go to Law School. I stayed home with our young family over the next few years while my husband graduated from Law School. Sharing this experience with him made me realize that I really didn't want to be an attorney. I am an avid cello player and have always played with various orchestras wherever we have lived. Even when I have been a busy Mom raising 6 children, I have always enjoyed my musical outlet. I started running with my Dad as a little girl and have never stopped. I have completed several marathons and run whenever I get a chance. I started teaching beginning orchestra in the Elementary schools when my youngest went off to school. After teaching for 5 years, I returned to school myself and got my 2nd degree in nursing. I am an RN in our local hospital and love helping people and find my work very fulfilling. Our city did not have a local Youth Symphony, so I organized and created a non-profit youth symphony that I was president of for 5 years. My husband is teaching me golf since we plan on having more free time when our youngest graduates next year. We love to snow ski and hike. Our best memories involve family and the outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and have always known who I really was - a daughter of God who is loved by my Heavenly Father. Even as a young girl I always felt happier when I did the right things. Visitors who came to our home frequently remarked on the feeling of love that they felt in our home. As a teenager I felt that maybe I should pray to have a special witness that the gospel was true, but I soon realized that I have always known that it is true. When I go to church I have those feelings again and again as I feel the Spirit confirm the truth of what I know. I have a deep abiding peace that I feel from living the gospel. As I have gone through the many trials of life, whether they be health, financial or relationship issues, I have been strengthened and sustained by my faith. I allows me to rise above my earth trials and focus on the eternities and Heavenly Father's plan for me. My love for the Savior increases every year as i more fully understand his love and his sacrifice for me. Being a Mormon has made me a better person in every way.

How I live my faith

We are an all volunteer church so everyone contributes! I have loved my different areas of service over the years and have had my talents and abilities greatly expanded by being willing to accept new assignments. One favorite area has been to be the music leader for all of the young Sunday school children. I feel the influence of the Spirit so strongly when I am helping the children learn beautiful gospel truths through inspired music. I have taken groups of 16 year old girls on 50 mile backing packing trips and white water rafting. This past summer I organized a summer church camp for 150 girls. It was wonderful! We spent a week with fun activities, friendships and learning about being strong and choosing the right. Right now I am teaching a Sunday school class to the adult women in church once a month. I live my faith by trying to improve every day. By praying for strength and humility. By trying to be more kind, loving and patient. I read my scriptures and pray every day because when I do, I feel Heavenly Father's presence in my life and I have peace.

What is being a Mormon like?

Julie
Being a Mormon is amazing! It is such a blessing to know how I am supposed to live my life. To know that if I follow God's plan, I will have joy and happiness. I don't have to spend my life trying to "find" myself or read the latest self-help book looking for the answers to life. I know that relationships are eternal and that if I follow Christ's example, I will be able to have my family forever. I wish that everyone had the knowledge and blessings that I have. I know that some people think we are different and that is probably true, but it is a GOOD kind of different. We have high standards and morals. None of us are perfect and we constantly make mistakes, but through the Savior's atonement we can repent, be clean and keep trying to do better. Going through this process helps me feel my Savior's love for me. Show more Show less