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Hi I'm Julia Ward

I am a missionary in the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission. I love the gospel and I love sharing it with all who I meet :)

About Me

I am about to leave on a mission to the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission, and I am sososo excited. I love sharing the gospel with friends, and I am anxious to meet people I can serve and love while on my mission. I was born and raised in Arizona, so facing the cold of Minnesota will be a very different experience for me, but I am looking forward to the challenge. I graduated from Hamilton High School, where I participated in choir, dance, and seminary council. I love the fine arts, and I plan to minor in musical education when I get home from my mission. I believe that singing and music has a powerful influence on people, and that it can be one of the best ways to invite the Spirit into our lives. I am the middle of five kids, and I am the only redhead in my immediate family, which makes things very interesting at times. I have amazing friends, and I am blessed with such a supportive ward family. There will be many new opportunities for me in the next 18 months, but I'm ready to get out there! I am called to serve, and serve I will, because I am now and always in my Heavenly Father's perfect hands.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom was born in the church, and my dad was a convert at the young age of thirteen. My parents were diligent and strong in teaching their children the gospel, so the beginnings of my testimony is credited to them. The gospel has made my life so bright, and I don't want to imagine what my life would be without it. In the past year, there were many situations that could have turned really bad really fast if I hadn't already made the decision to be a disciple of Christ. Because of this gospel, I have the power to know between right and wrong, and to discern between good and evil. It has truly made all the difference. And that is what I want to share on my mission: that everything begins to have a stronger sense of clarity when you follow God's commandments. Living becomes easier, because faith will help you endure anything. That's what I've learned. Even in the darkest times, faith in Christ is what pulls me out of rough situations. Sure, the problems were still there. But my capacity to endure it was so much stronger, and I was blessed for my obedience. I love being a Mormon!!

How I live my faith

I attended seminary all through high school, and I believe that is where I truly began to have my own testimony. I had always loved going to church activities and such, and I appreciated the messages that were shared in church meetings, but I couldn't recognize the Spirit speaking to me in those important times. But being in seminary, with my peers that share the same values, I was able to open up, by listening to testimonies being born as well as bearing my own out loud. My sophomore year in high school was when I decided that I wanted to serve a full-time mission, and since then I have been more diligent in my prayer and daily scripture study. I have also served in the Relief Society Presidency and other committees, and they have taught me a lot about different kinds of people. My Heavenly Father has given me so much, and I knew that I had to do something to return the favor. It was then that I decided to dedicate a year and a half of my life to serving Him, by serving His other beloved children. I know He loves them as much as He loves me, and I want to show them my love by inviting them to come unto His Son, Jesus Christ. By Him all things are made possible, and that is a fact that not too many people know. That is my duty as a missionary: to make sure that God's children know that they are loved with a perfect love, and that there is a way to return to His presence.