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Hi I'm Julia

Ever since I was little I have always had a strong connection and interest in the purpose of life.

About Me

I am a 31 year old mother of two daughters and wife of the most amazing man for almost 13 yrs. I am a substitute at a local school district and I just love working with the kids. I enjoy time with my family camping, kayaking, swimming, and just laughing. My family is everything. As a child I grew up in a traditional home with loving parents and lived a typical life as a kid in the 80’s. I loved my family and my friends and had a lot of interests such as art, animals, and health. I was a very shy and quiet child and it took me until about junior high to come out of my shell. As there wasn’t much said my mind was going one hundred miles a minute. From very young on I had the ambition of wanting to help people. I wasn’t sure exactly how or who but it just felt good to serve others. My beliefs and my decisions were important to me and I tried to never as a young child waver from them. I stayed true to myself. There was of course a few times I made decisions I wish I didn’t make especially as a teenager. We all make mistakes and I knew that it was part of growing up and I learned from them. I learned to surround myself with people that helped me grow as a person and I still follow that standard. I believe God helped me feel strongly about things when I needed to think twice and sometimes it’s as if He was there with me tapping my shoulder and telling me to get out of a situation. I never questioned it and because I listened I believe it could have saved my life numerous times.

Why I am a Mormon

I married my husband and his family was LDS. I didn't know what that meant at the time but as time went by and I got to know them and slowly got to know what they believed I understood it as what I have been waiting for. I had to know more and so my sister in law set up for the missionaries to come and talk with me. I strived through life to find out answers to my questions and through prayer I was introduced to the Gospel as I know it now “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints”. From the very first lesson by the missionaries of the church I felt immediately like it was all very familiar and right. Like I had heard and known it all before but knew I hadn’t. It felt so right and I was comforted in feeling that I was doing the right thing. Every single question that I had as a child was answered that very day without me even asking the questions. Twenty years of searching and in one hour all is poured out to me like a fountain of knowledge. I could not be more grateful then I am for all the blessings I have received and the blessings that I had before but took for granted because I misunderstood them. It was all clear to me and the comfort and contentment was like a dream only I never woke. This was real. A light was showing me the way guiding me to where I am today. I believe that this light was and is forever our Savior Jesus Christ and He can guide us through our journey with His light if we will listen to His still small voice and ask in faith. The answers are here for all of us to receive it if we strive toward them with faith.

How I live my faith

Being an LDS member has been the most amazing and inspiring thing in my life. The friends I have met have become family and I know that with out common morals and beliefs I can count on them when I need a friend that will be on the same page as me and stear me the right direction in life. I’ve served in various callings at church and each and every one of them has helped me grow as a person and has strengthened my testimony. Teaching in Primary has been my biggest learning experience. I learn as I teach and I learn how to prepare a lesson and speak in front of people which is something I was extremely shy to do as a child. I didn’t think it would ever get easier but it does. I am so blessed and grateful for the time and knowledge it has given me. What an opportunity. My husband and I had decided in 2005 that we were ready to be sealed in the Temple with our children for time and eternity. It was the most sacred and special day of my life as we knelt at the altar and were sealed for time and eternity, crying and wiping the tears from each others eyes. The girls then came in and we were sealed to them as well. What an amazing day which we will never forget. I wish for everyone to have the experience of being sealed to their spouse and children. That day we experienced a moment of sacredness that I never could have imagined possible. We learn throughout our whole lives and there is never a time here on earth where we have learned everything there is to know. Our journey is forever changing and forever evolving as we strive to stay on the straight and narrow path toward righteousness. The good and the bad in our lives as we grow are all important and without them we wouldn’t know the difference in order to make wise choices. All experiences are necessary and even when they seem like a burden you need to look for the lesson to be learned and this is why I am greatful for my friends at church and for my family at home where I am surrounded by people that bring me up.