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Hi I'm Julie

I'm an adventure addict and a humanitarian. I Iove to travel and meet new people. I'm a student, a dreamer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up I moved every two years on average. My Dad is a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, and his job required that we pick up and move a lot. To be honest, this made it very hard for me as a child, it was very challanging to be constantly in motion. With that lifestyle, however, I have learned many valuable lessons in life. I learned to be flexible and to not let change stop me from moving forward. I learned how to deal with people from all cultures and backgrounds, and to get along with others easily. Most importantly, it taught me to rely upon my Heavenly Father and my faith. This past year was the hardest of my life, because my father got a job that stationed him toTurkey. The move was unexpected and came at the worst possible time, the summer before my senior year. I had to pick up and leave my friends and three older siblings and start over. Not only would my graduating class be only 8 students, but I no longer would have the support of my church friends. I was practically alone. The Lord knew what he was doing when he sent me to Turkey. In the past year, I have grown to become a confident and strong women. I have a better appreciation for my blessings, and for the diverse cultures I encounter. I have learned compassion, understanding, and independence. I begun to learn Turkish, and becuase of my work with the International community have decided to study International Relations in college.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always had a strong testimony and faith that there is a loving Heavenly Father who cares for me. However, I don't think I've ever felt as alone as I did in Turkey. Trying to fit in is a part of growing up, especially when you are the only Mormon in your High School. Consequently, High School was a very hard time for me, being constantly tempted to forget who I am and what I believe in. It would have been so easy to blame the difficulties on my 'strict' parents, the prophet, or even Heavenly Father. It would have been easy to just say yes and fit in at my school, to tell myself that no one will ever know. I have come to understand that the Lord puts us in difficult situtations so that we may grow. He knew that I would thrive and excel under pressure and challanges. If I did not have constant persecution and ridicule of my belifs, I would not have the strong testimony I have today. I KNOW that the there is God who loves me, and all of his Children. He has a plan for each one of us, and path that we can follow. He has not abandoned us, in fact through the power of prayer you can talk to him whenever you want. Never underestimate the power of love and good friends. Your friends determine who you will become, and heavily influence your dreams and future. Don't let yourself get stuck trying to impress those who do not desire the same things as you do. I am proud of who I am and what I stand for, because I know that it is true and right. It is not easy to be a youth in today's world, with the pressures of the media and expectations of our peers. l know that the youth of today, no matter what there religous beliefs have the power to create good. We are each unique, and are all children of God. We have our own talents and abilites that make us special. CHRIST LIVES AND LOVES YOU. YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD!

How I live my faith

I love to serve others, its one of my greatest passions in life. This year I have had the opportunity to help with the overflow of refugees here in Turkey. There are literally thousands of refugees coming from countries such as Syria, Iran, and Egypt. Many have to leave overnight, with nothing. They cannot work or provide for their families. I have worked with my local church branch to feed and clothe these refugees as they endure the time-consuming and frustrating proccess of being relocated. Many of them have a desire to find a new home where they can start over, but are stuck waiting for years upon end to gain permission. Through helping with projects such as making quilts and hats for the refugees, I have come to love the people I serve. I have been blessed in some many capacites by their sweet spirits and have gained a new appreciation for my own blessings. I served as the Laurels president in my branch, and although we only have a handful of youth we are truly able to make a difference. By devoting our time to little projects for the Turkish people, we are able to give back to this rich culture and heritage. Through our service, we are hoping to share the light of Christ with the people here. We act as missionaries for the Gospel through our example, and through our service. I truly believe that our small acts of service will be long remembered by those whose lives we touch. That memory may one day prompt a family or individual to come to the faith. That is how I live my Faith,my striving to exemplify the teachings of Christ through service.