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Hi I'm Julie

I grew up in California, U.S.A. I'm a full-time "creator of memories" (mom). I teach Spanish and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I are parents of 6 children. I like to think of myself as a "creator of memories". We work hard to create happy times together as a family. We love to go on hikes (o.k. I love to go on hikes), visit new places, and just "shnarn" (definition of shnarn: to have deep meaningful discussions with people you enjoy). Some of my favorite memories are when we have set aside time and our children have taught the whole family about something they have learned: one child taught about how to survive one's freshman year of college; one taught about how to teach effectively; one taught about how to do genealogy online. It is amazing how much you can learn from your kids. Another thing I love to do is teach Spanish. I teach a beginning class at the elementary school to 5th and 6th graders. It is one of my favorite things I do all week. I love to see the students overcome the fear of making new sounds and learning a new language. We play games, sing songs, put on plays, and try to avoid tests as much as possible. My hope is that learning a new language will help them to be open to different cultures and people throughout their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

More than anything else in my life, my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints promotes more contact with, more closeness to, and more enlightenment from God my Father and His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. From studying the Bible, it is clear to me that throughout time God has used prophets to speak to His children on this earth. Some listened to these prophets and some thought they were crazy. Those that did follow the prophets were happy and had a close connection to God. But each period of time that God provided a prophet ended with the majority of the people rejecting both God's message and His messenger, the prophet. Then after a period of spiritual darkness, God would again call another prophet to bring His gospel and authority back to earth. I remember asking my dad when I was younger, "Why would God keep taking His gospel from the earth?" It just didn't make sense to me. "He didn't," my dad replied, "His children rejected it each time. It was God who kept bringing His gospel back." That was such a suprising and new perspective for me. Because this happens repeatedly in the Bible, it is logical to me that in modern times, because of God's continuing love for us and desire for us to have all the blessings He has to offer, God has again raised up a prophet and brought back to the earth the authority to act in His name. I know that Joseph Smith was this prophet. This authority has been passed down and now rests with President Thomas S. Monson, our prophet today. He is the spokesman for God, just like Moses and Abraham were in ancient times. In every way that I have followed the prophet, I have received blessings of unbelievable magnitude. My cup runneth o'er. I am blessed to call myself a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a disciple of Christ. The closer I follow Jesus Christ, the closer I feel to Him. And everything about His church helps me do that.

How I live my faith

One thing I really appreciate about this church is how we are encouraged to study the scriptures and pray as a family and as individuals. Our bishop (the leader of our local group of members) has asked us to "Take 5." By this he means to take 5 mornings or 5 nights and pray and read scriptures and talk about spiritual things as a family. It doesn't have to be long, but this has brought a really strong connection between all the members of our family. We understand each other better; and, with the spiritual feeling that comes from these times, we are able to see each other more clearly for what we are: children of God. It permeates our whole day, and week, and month. Each of us has assignments in our congregation. My assignment is to work with the teenage girls that are 14 and 15 years old. It is really fun because my husband is assigned to work with the teenage boys of the same age. We help the youth plan weekly activities, and are always encouraging them to do things together so that WE can be together. Recently the youth planned an "Etiquette Dinner." They dressed up in their best clothes and came to our home for a fancy dinner. We taught them how to help a young woman into her coat, which silverware to use, how to introduce people to each other, and other manners that will be helpful to them in the future. We felt so happy as they learned to be good conversationalists and become better friends with each other. It is uplifting to be around a group of young people who are seeking after praiseworthy things.