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Hi I'm Julie

I live in a tiny town in Central Iowa. I'm a wife and mother of five beautiful children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost I am a wife and a mother. My husband and I met at college while at Brigham Young University and it was literally love at first sight. He opened his apartment door and my mouth dropped open as I pictured our future together. We were married only eight months later and ten years later we're still happily married with five fabulous children. I see each of my children as a miracle and a blessing in my life as I was told multiple times that it would be difficult for me to have children. In addition to my family life I am an avid crafter. I do all kinds of projects from sewing and quilting to scrapbooking and crocheting. I love them all and I tend to cycle though when I get tired of one there is always another to keep me busy. I also love to read. I'm always looking for another good read and I especially enjoy Jane Austen novels.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but that's not the whole story. Before I turned eight and decided to be baptized I wanted to read the Book of Mormon and decide for myself what I believed. I read it all by myself in a few months and decided to pray to know if it was true. I believe I already knew it in my heart but I still wanted to pray about it like is so often suggested. While praying about it I recall feeling a great sense of peace and comfort. Even now 21 years later I still remember the feeling like this is where I belonged. The doctrines of Christ and the other members of the LDS church have sustained me during some very trying times in my life. When I was nine years-old my family went though a lot of trials. It seemed as if my world was falling around me and it was a heavy burden for one so young. During this time I turned to the scriptures for help and guidance. I realized that while my family life may change that my Heavenly Father is always there for me. Through prayer I reached out to him and I felt love and peace. It's always been the same. Whenever I have a hard time all I need to do is pray and I feel the amazing love my Heavenly Father has for me. I know that he loves me. I know that he cares about my life, my successes and trials. All I need to do is get on my knees and open my heart and it is filled. After the unexpected death of my father, during financial hardships, and through the loss of two pregnancies I have felt His love for me. I know he can be there for each of us if we just reach out to him.

How I live my faith

I adore my calling in my ward. I teach six eight year-old children about the gospel. It is such a joy to be in our Primary organization. Each Sunday I am greeted with smiles and hugs all around. Someone is always sitting close to me and rubbing my back or telling me how pretty I look in my dress. I love singing the simple songs with the children during singing time and watching their faces light up when we talk about Jesus. It's not always easy, with so many little ones things can go off course pretty easily, but even when they change the topic from "how to help at home" to "what I want for my Birthday" they are still so adorable I can't help but smile. As I prepare my lesson for each Sunday I feel prompted to include certain things or teach it in a certain manner that will specifically help my small people. I know that this is God's hand in my life helping his little children learn his gospel and each time I get a prompting I feel blessed to know that he is using me to help his children.