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Hi I'm Julie.

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in southern Idaho and currently live in Colorado with my husband and four kids. I'm a teacher and writer.

About Me

My husband and I had two children early in our marriage, but were unable to have more. I had always hoped to have a large family, but I was happy raising my two kids. I also enjoyed a satisfying career as a teacher. In our early 40's, we had two more children. What a wonderful surprise and blessing! I retired from teaching and started freelance writing from home so I could care for them. When I'm not carpooling my older kids to work, sporting activities, etc. or taking my younger kids to preschool and gymnastics, I like to read, garden, walk and cook.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS church, and probably took it for granted as a child. As I've gotten older, though, I've come to love the peace and strength my faith gives me. I love belonging to a Church that is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. I know that I can seek answers and comfort to life's questions by reading the scriptures, listening to a prophet that receives revelation, and asking God for answers. We all have imperfections, disappointments and challenges, but through Christ's atonement, we can repent, be healed and become better. I love that doctrine -- that Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to succeed. I appreciate the support I get from other women in the church -- all of us at various stages of life -- trying to follow Christ. I'm so inspired and lifted by good friends. I also appreciate the many good men in my life -- most especially, my husband. In a time when many men seem to have little interest in a commitment to God and family, I am in awe of the men I know. None of us are perfect, of course, but all are looking upward and trying to become better daily. The gospel helps me be a better wife, a better mother, a better daughter of God.

How I live my faith

I've had many opportunities to live my faith. For many years I worked with the children of our church, teaching Sunday lessons or planning weekday activities. I currently teach Sunday lessons to the women in my church and enjoy strengthening my understanding of gospel principles with them. In the community, I've met many wonderful people from other faiths through local events such as food drives for the food bank. I catered a community dinner to honor local teachers a few years ago, and enjoyed meeting many members of the community through that event. One of the things that I appreciate about the LDS church is that we have no paid clergy. We are all volunteers and we are often asked to complete assignments that may be outside our experience or comfort level. I was once asked to play the piano for the weekly children's program even though I hadn't played the piano in many years. Through that experience, I rediscovered a childhood love -- music -- and increased my talent through weekly practicing. Through speaking assignments, I've overcome my basically shy nature and learned to actually enjoy public speaking.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Julie.
No, members are not required to serve a mission, although young men generally serve missions when they are 19. Young women may also serve missions, beginning when they are 21. A friend of mine once expressed disbelief that our youth would give up 18 months to 2 years of their lives to go on missions -- at their own expense, and at a critical time in their educational experience. I have seen the positive effects missions have in the lives of young people and don't believe it is a sacrifice. Rather, I think our youth are so fortunate to have this experience early in their lives. Through missions, they learn to be unselfish and obedient. They learn to love and communicate effectively with people from a wide range of backgrounds. And most importantly, they learn to rely on prayer as they teach about Jesus Christ. Older couples may also go on missions. I look forward to the time when I can go. Show more Show less