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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a wife, mother and new grandmother, I love to read and speak German, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town near Portland, Oregon. I'm one of seven kids. I lived in Germany for 18 months, in my early 20's and fell in love with the language, food and people. I received a BA in Humanities and German Literature in 1995. Shortly after graduation, I met my husband, who was a young widower with two children. The best thing I ever did, was to marry him and help him raise our children. Our eldest daughter and her husband recently had a little boy, so now I'm a grandmother, and I love it! Our eldest son was married in May 2011 and is studying music. We have a 13 year-old son who plays sports and bass guitar and a 10 year-old daughter who likes volleyball and plays clarinet and piano. My husband has a busy medical practice, and I help him quite a bit in marketing and community outreach. I enjoy being involved with him in his work. Most of my time is spent taking care of our home and family. I love to cook, take walks, quilt and read. I also enjoy traveling, but with a busy schedule, that doesn't happen too often!

Why I am a Mormon

I have spent my now 40+ years studying the doctrines of what we call the "restored gospel of Jesus Christ" and living among and as a Mormon. I love this life. I love that the people with whom I associate at Church treat me and my family with kindness and concern. I love that there are standards that I can teach my children, to help them rise above the baseness and vulgarity in popular culture. I love that my life feels meaningful and of purpose, even when circumstances can be very difficult and heartrenching.

How I live my faith

The most important way i live my faith is inside my own home. My husband and I try to set a good example for our kids, (we fail at this plenty!) and we are teaching them what we believe and how they can find out for themselves if what we, their parents, believe is true. We eat breakfast and dinner together and pray together as a family morning and night. We try to read a few verses of scripture every morning at breakfast. Sunday is a day of rest from regular work and routines, and we attend services together and try to make it a day that is peaceful and reflective. Once a week, usually on a monday night, we choose a gospel topic to discuss as a family and spend just a little time reconnecting with one another. Everyone at church has a job to do, and we have done plenty of different things, from teaching the small children, to music, to taking charge of the men's and women's organizations. I hope when people get to know me that they could say that I live my faith in a way that neither excludes others nor judges them for their beliefs.

What is the Law of Chastity?

The law of chastity is a simple concept. We use the power of procreation only within marriage between a man and a woman. Dancing, holding hands, and kissing are all wonderful ways to show affection and preference to someone special, but we reserve the most intimate relationship for our spouse. This is a protection to children, who have a right to be born into a family where they are wanted and loved, with a mother and a father who are faithful to each other. There is repentance through Jesus Christ for breaking this commandment, but it is a long hard road and often brings pain to those we love the most. It's better to wait until marriage and to use the time during courtship to become friends. Show more Show less