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Hi I'm Julianne

I grew up in New York and am a convert of the church since I was 20. I am a homeschool mom of our five great kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in New York and graduated with a BPS in Fashion. A year after graduating I served a spanish speaking mission in California. Seven months later I married by best friend who served a mission in the city I grew up in and today we have 5 great kids. I enjoy crafts, reading and walks. Most of my time is occupied homeschooling our children. It is our second year and we are enjoying it. This year we are studying geography along with countries and cultures. Adding cultural art, music and food has made this an exciting school subject for our entire family. I especially love the idea that they are learning about all of Heavenly Father's children around the world. I also work from our home as a preschool teacher and I teach in the homeschool coop we attend. Here I will have the opportunity to share my love for photography and drawing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Catholic in New York by my mom who was divorced when I was three. It was always my mom and I. She sacrificed much to send me to a Catholic School and later to an all girl Catholic High School. There I had the opportunity to teach Catechism to 2nd graders getting ready for their first communion. I can remember a dark haired little girl telling me," I don't get it." "What don't you get?" was my reply. She continued, " I don't get how God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost are one. That doesn't make sense." My reply to her was what I was taught, that it is a mystery. It might have been just a few days later when I began pondering her very question. However it wasn't until I had finished my first year of college (about 3-4 years later) that I dusted off a NIV Bible given to me by my Aunt who was Reborn Again Christian . I read from it daily on my commute to NYC in route to college. From the pages of Proverbs I began to feel a very personal connection to God. Later, I came to learn that God was preparing me to recieve the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. After 2 months into my Sophmore year of college two missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints knocked on our door. I can recall as if yesterday, when the missionaries recounted Joseph Smiths First Vision. My heart pounded within me so that I thought it would jump out. The Holy Ghost was witnessing unto me the truefullness of this account and answered the question of the dark haired little girl , I had taught in Catechism class, that God and Jesus Christ are two distinct beings.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith in the simple everyday things that I do and we do as a family. For example, I enjoy reading the scriptures. However, time is an issue. So, I have learned to wake up half our before the children so I can get ready for the day, not only physically, but spiritually as well. My days are usaually better when I do. As a family, we read the scriptures during breakfast when everyone is alert and ready for the day so that we are fed both physically and spiritually. :) As a family we hold regular family home evenings. Most of the time we have a lesson based on the teachings of Jesus Christ such as prayer, forgiveness, charity and tithing. We enjoy finishing off with a treat and game together. My children especially enjoy playing scripture charades where they act out a character or story from the scriptures. Other times we watch a family movie that might discuss a value or moral we want to teach the chidren. I have served in the church mainly as a teacher. Either in the woman's organization or the children's primary class of which I have enjoyed both. I especially enjoyed my service as an activity day leader for girls age 8-11 where we discussed many topics including dressing modestly and holding mini-fashion shows. Currently, I teach the seven year old children who will be turning eight and are getting ready to be baptized.