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Hi I'm Julie.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My main focus in life is my family. My husband and I work hard to keep our marriage strong so that our kids will benefit from parents who are united. We work hard to teach our children how to think through and solve problems using the values they learn at home and from our community. Before I was a mother, I was a teacher at a school built mostly for folks who just didn't quite fit the mold of traditional high schools. Most came to our school in failing circumstances, and I got to support them as they began to realize their potential. I loved it. Now, I do the same thing as a stay at home mother, helping my children realize their own potential too. I love working in my garden and all recreation in the great outdoors. I spent one year living in France going to college and love to travel. I just can't seem to stop planning opportunities for my family to see new things. I really enjoy throwing parties for my friends. Our house can get pretty loud when we invite a bunch of families over! I'm a member of the school board in our small town, and I love learning about education in our nation and community. I also coach a soccer team, which I love. My very favorite thing ever is to facilitate great learning opportunities for my kids and then to watch them be fascinated!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I when I read the Book of Mormon I feel its power. I know it was inspired of God. I just can't deny that. Sometimes there are concepts in the church that I don't understand. Things that I have to accept in faith. I always had a hard time with that, thinking that everything ought to make sense logically to me before I could accept it. Then, one day I realized that if I knew everything, I'd be as God is. I know I am not all-knowing, so that must mean that it is necessary to have faith in some things. I must trust in God that He gets it, even when I don't. So, I trust in that constant nudging I have toward the gospel, which comes from the Holy Ghost. My conviction has been strengthened by living the gospel. I've seen God's hand in my life as I've lived as He commands. I've seen also how it changes my life to repent. I learn about God's love for me, and in turn, want to more fully live his commandments and share the same kind of love with the people around me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by showing integrity in my relationships. I try to be kind to the people around me. I remember to forgive others and realize that we are all just learning how to make good choices. I live my faith by helping out when there is a need and by being self-reliant. When I see a need, I help. When I screw up, I accept responsibility for my actions. I pray to God daily and always have a prayer in my heart. I constantly try to discover what He would have me do in a day. I read about God in scripture daily too and take time out to meditate and find out something new about life each day. I teach my kids about these things by studying scripture and praying together as a family daily. We attend church and help out there. I am in charge of helping all the kids ages 1-12 learn about Jesus Christ. I insist that as God loves everyone, so can I. When I don't particularly appreciate someone, I figure it is because I don't know them well enough yet, and strive to get to know them better.

What is the Relief Society?

The Relief Rociety is exactly what it says in it's name: it is a group of people who are meant to bring relief. Recently I've been trying to think about what I want to do with my life--you know--readjusting my dreams. I've realized all I really know is that I want to find suffering and lessen it. Then one day I was sitting in Relief Society and realized the power of that name and how happy I am to be a part of a group of women who's goal is just plainly to bring relief! Not just relief to a certain people or in certain circumstances, but just relief. To anyone. I've seen it happen in this group too. The women in this society just look for ways to lessen burdens. So cool. Show more Show less