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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a Mother, a Preschool Teacher and a Wife. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of three beautiful kids. When my first daughter was born, I decided to quit working in order to stay home and be a mother. When my children got older, I opened a preschool in my home, so that I could do something I really enjoy, as a creative outlet, and still be home for my children while bringing in an extra income. My husband is an LDS Bishop in our ward, and I have found a lot of joy in being a Bishop's wife. I enjoy so many things. Getting lost in a good book for days. Planting seeds in my garden, tending them - watching them grow, and seeing the beautiful jars of food we've canned and put on shelves in our food storage room. SO satisfying! Listening to beautiful music. Going to plays or musicals. The changing of the seasons. Making my home a beautiful and fun place to be for my family. Everyone in our family is active in sports and other things. I love to cheer them on! I love to go to the gym and take kickboxing and weight classes. I love to get outside and run, walk or ride my bike. I just got my first pair or snow shoes and it looks like I am hooked. I also enjoy being in the kitchen, trying out new recipes and testing them out on my family. Nothing beats the smile on your family member's faces when you realize you just fed them the perfect brownie.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, in a very active family. I am so grateful for that. My parents took us to church every week. I deeply love the scriptures. I love the hymns. I love to read the words of the prophet - I try to read the Ensign cover to cover every month, because I love to learn and I don't want to miss anything! Some months are harder than others. In the past few years I have tried to study good books and learn more every day and I have seen so many positive changes come into my life because of my efforts. Everything worthwhile takes work, and my parents taught me to work hard. I have a testimony of work. I have a very strong testimony of prayer. My strongest testimony of prayer came as a stuggling nineteen year old going through some trials when I found myself one night on my knees asking my Heavenly Father if He was there, if He was aware of me, and asking Him to direct my life. That prayer was answered as I met my future husband not long afterwards, (he has been like a miracle to me) and I have found myself on my knees many times since that night begging for help with trials and receiving comfort and assurance that He was there and He would help me through whatever I was going through. In all my life I can honestly say that I have never been left alone and that He has been here for me through my hardest times and my most joyful times. I am grateful that I was taught how to pray. I have found joy and peace in following the prophet and trying to do what he asks. I have also found great peace in the fact that I know my children are never alone, that they have a portable Liahona (the Holy Ghost or comforter) to take with them wherever they go in this life. They have a guidebook, the Book of Mormon and the other scriptures. What a comfort this is to me. I have learned of the importance of always "clinging" to the iron rod in this life. I am also grateful for the Temple, it fills me with peace and brings me so much joy when I go there.

How I live my faith

At church I get to work with the youth who are ages 16 through 18, teaching them the gospel. I love this calling because it helps me in my quest to be always learning. My husband is an LDS Bishop. We have seen so much joy come into our home because of our callings. We have developed a greater love for the people in this ward then we have ever had. My husband and I have been blessed to go on 3 Pioneer Treks together in our Stake. We were able to dress up as pioneers and pull handcarts for several days over some of the original pioneer trails. We were able to be a Ma and Pa for several youth on these Treks. These Treks have been some of the defining moments of my life. I can parallel many things I learned on these Treks to my own personal "Trek" here on earth. I definitely changed and grew from volunteering to go on Trek. One of my favorite quotes is listed here: "I believe as you immerse yourselves in the work of our Father-as you create beauty and as you are compassionate to others-God will encircle you in the arms of His love. Discouragement, inadequacy, and weariness will give way to a life of meaning, grace, and fulfillment. Life up your chin; walk tall. God loves you. " Dieter F. Uchtdorf I have found this to be true. I also love the Articles of Faith. Here is my favorite: "We belive in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul - We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." I try to encouage myself and my family to seek after the good things. To have hope and to do good to all men.