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Hi I'm Julie

I grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I'm a teacher, a wife, mother of 5, grandmother of 3 1/2, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am first and foremost, a wife and mother! Getting married and starting a family is what I always wanted to do with my life. I have been greatly blessed to have 5 wonderful children! They have blessed my life beyond belief. That's not to say it hasn't had its ups and downs, it has, but I love them very much and I know they love me! Their father, my husband, has been very supportive of each of them, and of me through all those ups and downs! This became very apparent when I decided to go to college at the age of 40! When our youngest son started kindergarten I started helping out at his school more. I then started working in the Kindergarten. I loved it! So I went to school to become a teacher! I had discussed what this would mean for our family before starting this journey. They all knew it would be a difficult path for all of us, not just me. They all agreed to support my decission. It proved to be a very difficult time, and took me five long years, but their love and support helped me make it through and graduate with Honors and as one of the top 10 Student Teachers that year! I now teach in a wonderful Elementary School, my children are all grown up with our youngest son leaving for his two year mission soon. I have a great life!

Why I am a Mormon

My mom and dad joined the church soon after I was born. My mom thought they should raise their children going to church. Since my father had spent time playing softball with the church's mens softball league they decided to check out the church. My mother was impressed and felt the spirit testify that this was the true chruch of Jesus Christ. I was babptized at eight years old and grew up as a member of the church. In my teen years I fell away from the church looking for acceptance among my peers doing what they did, which I thought was bringing them happiness. What I found out later was that I had left behind true, eternal happiness for waht the world would have me believe was happines, but it only brought me sorrow. I was not happy. But, because the Lord loves me he sent a wonderful man into my life who helped me find my way back, so I married him! I found my own testimony through reading the Book of Mormon, attending church meetings, and preparing to attend the temple. The Holy Ghost has born witness to me of the truthfulness of the church. I love the Lord and His only true church! I cannot conceive how my life would be without the knowledge that I receive through following Him as He sends revelation to His one true prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson. He leads and guides this church here on the earth in this dispensation of time! How lucky I feel to know Him, Jesus Christ, to feel of His love for me and know that our family will be together forever! My marriage is for eternity! There is no death till we part if we but live the principals of the Gospel of Jesus Christ found in His true church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! I KNOW the church is true and I am grateful to be a member of Christs true church.

How I live my faith

There are so many things we do in the church to build our testimonies and to live what we learn from the scriptures. I have had many callings in the church to strengthen my testimony. A calling is given by the Lord through His servants in the church, such as the Bishop and his counselors in a ward. I have been lucky enough to work with the Young Women in a ward. We help them to have activities once a week to help strengthen their testimonies, learn how to become wives and mothers, how to serve the Lord in callings, and to be of service to others, which in turn builds testimonies. I have also worked with the primary age children, ages 18 months to 11 years old. These sweet spirits have touched my spirit in so many ways and have testified of a loving Father in Heaven who showers our little ones with blessings each day. I love them and love to serve them by teaching classes on Sunday's or in weekday activities. I have also been able to work with the sisters in the church by visiting them in their homes to offer lessons and any service they may be in need of at that time. I have been the recipient of the same visits and loving service at different times in my life. I try my best to emulate the Saviors love and his example through my actions at home, church and at work. I tell those I work with of my callings and the mission callings of my sons. They ask questions and I do my best to answer with the spirit to guide me. I never shy away from talking about my beliefs and what they mean to me. I also try to be involved in working with the community in events where I can be of service. We recently worked together with over 120 other members of our ward, to help build a new playground structure. What a wonderful experience to see so many members pull together to help with this project. My children went with me and my son spent many other days offering his time to help complete the building of the structure. Service brings me happiness and a strong testimony of Him!