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Hi I'm Julie

I married the best and raised 5 wonderful children. I'm working on MS in the ethical conduct of clinical research. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised on a cotton farm in Arizona. Being raised on a farm caused me to love open space and to appreciate how things grow. I love a beautiful yard! While my husband and I strive for this I have found that it is a tremendous amount of work to keep up with the mowing, edging, pruning, weeding and planting. Planting my flower garden is my favorite and I find a certain degree of stress relief when I work in my flower beds. My favorite place to shop is my local nursery! My husband and I have five children - two boys and three girls. We have spent the last ten years trying to get them all educated and we are still in the process as some of them have continued on with advanced degrees. I decided to also finish my degree and graduated with a B.S. in the field of Nutrition & Health Promotion. I'm currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Regulatory Science and Health Safety. My hope is to align myself in clinical research working on chronic disease issues. I would say we are an active family. We loved watching our kids play sports through the years and chased a couple of them down around the country as they competed in track and field for Division I schools. In our leisure time our family enjoys annual ski trips to Utah, trips to the lake, bike rides and scenic hikes. We would love to travel more but for now find ourselves too busy to break away. We have one grandchild and are finding the joy that come with being grandparents.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and lived in a predominantly Mormon community. However, I was encouraged during my teen years to discover for myself my own beliefs. I had studied the Bible in seminary classes and that was helpful but when I was seventeen years old, I read the Book of Mormon. When I started the book I was not prepared for how it would affect me. This book helped to answer all of the gaps and questions that I had in my mind regarding my purpose on the earth and confirmed to me the profound love that our Savior Jesus Christ has for each of us and that He has a divine plan for us. This love is what motivates me daily to live my life with greater purpose and happiness. It has been my guiding light as I raised five children, worked through life's difficult challenges and helped me to understand my own purpose and mission in life step by step. As I reflect on my life, I would not want it to be any other way. Life is good!

How I live my faith

I love being united with other members of my faith through regular activity in my church. This activity is not reduced to Sunday but a way of life. I have been able to teach nursery age children music, primary age children lessons from the scriptures, work and play with the youth, all while serving in the Relief Society (our women's organization). The later organization allows me to network with other women locally to strengthen my faith, compare notes on child rearing and provide service within my own community and beyond. One of the greatest lessons that I have learned in my own life regarding happiness is to reach out to neighbors and others in need. I have made quilts, school kits for young children, keep sake boxes for grieving parents who have lost a newborn child, made hygiene kits for people in developing countries. I also love to reach out to other groups and individuals within my community. I have used some of my skills and education to serve children in 4-H groups, local hospitals doing cardiac & pulmonary rehabilitation and most recently regulatory documentation for cardiovascular clinical research. I'm motivated in all of these efforts by my love for the Savior and His love for me and my family. I feel as if I could never do enough to return all of the goodness and blessings that He has provided for me and my family.