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Hi I'm Julie.

I have lived in upstate New York most of my life, am a wife and friend, a mother and grandmother, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Because my father told me not to, I married my husband when I was 18 and he was 21. In the two years that followed, we had two sons. They are now married with children of their own. We have 7-2/3 grandchildren. The fact that we are still married 36 years later is a testament to my stubbornness. I was not going to let my father say "I told you so!" Thanks, Dad! When our oldest was 17 and already attending BYU, and our second son was a junior in high school, we received the very welcome news that we were going to be parents again. So, 16-1/2 years to the date of our then youngest son's birthday, we welcomed yet another beautiful son into our family. I work as a Teaching Assistant in a Life Skills class at our local high school and can honestly say I love going to work every day. Our youngest will be a senior next year, so the empty next is inevitable. Maybe not with all these grandkids running around! I am very blessed!

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized Catholic as a baby and later raised as a Methodist because my mother felt hypocritical about professing her Catholic beliefs while using birth control. Wanting to provide her children with some sort of religious experience, we began attending the local Methodist Church. We were never really involved...more just an Easter and Christmas attendee. I don't particularly remember feeling an absence in my life at that time, but as I married at 18 and had 2 children within 2 years, I started to feel the burn...if you know what I mean! By the time our 10 year wedding anniversary arrived, both my husband and I had been through rehab and had lost everything we owned. Those experiences prepared me to be open to something...anything that would help us get back on track. A lovely Christian woman that I rode the bus with to work every day as we put our lives back together, had heard that my husband's family were Mormons. She wanted to make sure I didn't make the same mistake. Providing me with a host of anti-Mormon literature, I am sure she thought I would see the light and run from anything resembling a missionary from the LDS church. I asked my mother-in-law to have the missionaries over so I could ask them a few questions. My intention was to embarrass these young men with my new-found knowledge in hopes they would never ring my doorbell again. Much to my friend’s chagrin, I was baptized into the LDS church 6 weeks later. Once I had learned about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, all of my past disappointments and setbacks made sense. I found my way home through a very sincere and loving Born-Again Christian friend. I am sure that wasn't her intent. That was over 25 years ago and I haven't ever looked back. My life isn't perfect and neither am I, but I now know where to turn. The relationship I have developed with my Father in Heaven and my Savior Jesus Christ means everything to me, and is part of my life each and every day.

How I live my faith

I try to be an example of what I believe every day. Not always being successful, I am so grateful for the Atonement of my Savior which gives me more "DO-OVERS" that I deserve. I have held many callings in this church, and they are all my favorites. I learn so much from those I work with. Currently, I am teaching Early Morning Seminary classes at the high school where I work. The interaction I have with my students each morning at 6AM, brings unspeakable joy into my life. My friends think I am crazy, which I probably am, but I cannot deny the blessings that come from serving. My husband and I have tried very hard to teach our children what we believe to be correct principles. Watching them make mistakes, yet knowing that they can pick themselves up again and start over is an incredible process. I love the Gospel! I love my Heavenly Father! I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I have found purpose and peace. Hopefully that comes through every now and again.