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Hi I'm Julie

I'm an author, an attorney, a volleyball junkie, and a mother of four, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the great Northwest and developed a love of nature that runs deep. My four children grew up hiking around the local hills and learning scientific names of the local flora and fauna. I appreciate the beauty of seeing God in all things around me. I was a law partner by the time I began having children and elected to practice part time to be at home with my growing clan. I count it as one of the greatest decisions of my life. Spending time cooking, gardening, biking or shooting hoops with my kids is among my greatest joys. I love to cook using fresh, local ingredients grown in my garden and am a bit of a "foodie". I believe that we make our communities what they are, and I try to be an active, positive participant in PTA, local and global charities, and all that is good around me.

Why I am a Mormon

I have from a very young age known that my Savior, Jesus Christ, was personally aware of me and loved me. I spent my youth learning of Him, and learning how He spoke to me. I followed His counsel and learned to love and serve others in the process. I read my scriptures and prayed. In college, I felt His promptings leading me to investigate the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. At first I was reticent, but realized that the Lord had never led me anywhere that wasn't for my own good. As I studied and prayed, I eventually exercized faith and was baptized into the Church. It has been the greatest blessing I have ever received. Having the Holy Ghost as my constant companion and following the Savior's promptings has helped me to grow tremendously as a person. I am a better mother, a better person and I am better able to serve my fellow beings on this planet, because I chose to follow my Savior and because of my participation in the Church he led me to join.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith through my actions day to day. I find that if I start my day with a prayer for direction on who I can help that day, I have many opportunities that come to mind. I try to be a peacemaker in my home and make it a holy place. I believe strongly that we all have a responsibility to make the world a better place and that we can do that through serving others. Over the years I have served in a variety of capacities trying to make a difference. I have been a PTA President the last couple of years and am currently a PTA Vice President. I serve on the Board of Directors for a legal organization. I have tried to participate in and/or organize a variety of small efforts to 'love my neighbor' through sock and underwear drives, collections for Ethiopian orphanages, supporting start up non-profit music events, community beatification efforts and other projects. I have learned through experience that one person can make a difference. I had the privilege of teaching Sunday School to the adults for the last couple of years in our local congregation. I now lead the 3-11 year old children. I am amazed at how the Lord will use the smallest child to the oldest adult, as long as they are willing to say, "Here am I, send me." I live my faith the best when I am a willing conduit for what the Lord wants me to do. When I make the sincere effort to seek after and listen to His voice and follow His promptings, I am amazed at how willing He is to allow me (as imperfect as I am) to serve.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Just as the Old Testament records the words of Prophets in the Holy Land, and the dealings of their people with God, the Book of Mormon also records the words of Prophets who originated in the Holy Land and then were led to the Americas and their dealings with God. Like the Old Testament, and New Testament prophetic recordings were translated later, so too, the words of the prophets in the Book of Mormon were translated. Show more Show less