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Hi I'm Julie

I am a wife and mother, a college professor, and volunteer at my children's school. My passion is teaching. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a close knit family with my parents, 3 sisters and brother. Family has always been a central part of my life. Growing up and even now, my family gathers together for important events such as baptisms, missions, weddings, camping and skiing. I have very fond memories of my youth. I have always felt like I am an important part of a family network. After a couple of years of college, I decided to serve a mission. Shortly after my 21st birthday, I was on my way to serve in the Sevilla, Spain Mission. I had joined another "network". It was my privilege and opportunity to serve the wonderful people of Andalucia. After my mission, I finished my degree in Education and became a teacher. I taught for 5 years before meeting my husband. After we were married, our family was blessed with 3 beautiful children. All 3 children were born within 35 months, so after the birth of my 3rd child, I found it necessary to be a stay at home mom. My family has always been my priority. I love being a wife and a mother. When I make decisions, I always consider the effect that they will have on my family. Currently, I am very blessed to be able to teach from home as an online instructor.

Why I am a Mormon

One of my greatest comforts in this life comes from knowing that I am a child of God. He is my Heavenly Father, and he wants me to be happy. I find that I am happiest when I am spending time with my family, working and serving others. I know that I can return to live with my Heavenly Father after this life if I follow the example of Jesus Christ and live the principles of the Gospel. I also know that the family that I have been so blessed to have here on earth will be with me after death. I know that it is because of Jesus Christ's love for me and His Atonement that my family and I will be able to be together forever and live with our Heavenly father again. I know that when I do something wrong, I can repent. Each day as I strive to do my best and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, I can become worthy to live in his presence again. I am very grateful to be able to feel peace in a world that at times seems very chaotic. I am grateful for the peace that comes into my home from reading in the Book of Mormon and having family prayer.

How I live my faith

As a child, I always felt loved and at peace in my home. As an adult, I realize that it takes effort to keep that peaceful feeling in my own home. I want my children to always feel and know of my unconditional love. I can show them this kind of love and be a positive role model for them because of the example of my own parents and grandparents. I find that praying with my family each day and spending time together reading from the scriptures helps us to have more love and peace in our home. Besides teaching my own children, I volunteer at their elementary school and have the opportunity to work with many of their peers. I also teach a class in church on Sunday.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

All members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are called to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ; however, not all members are called to serve a mission. Although missions are voluntary for females, I had a desire to serve, so I went to speak to my bishop. I had been fasting and praying to know what I should do. After speaking with the bishop, we both felt that a mission would be a great experience for me in my life. I knew that I was supposed to serve. There are some people who have a desire to serve, but because of health problems or other concerns, they are not called to serve full-time missions. Some are called to ward, stake or even mini-missions. This allows them an opportunity to share their testimonies and love of the Savior. Show more Show less