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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and have 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl. My oldest son is 25 and married with 1 son of his own who is now 15 months old. Being a grandma is the best job ever invented! My daughter is 23 and currently single. My next son is 19 and currently serving a mission in Mendoza Argentina. My youngest son is 15. I am the oldest of 4 kids, with 2 younger sisters and 1 brother. I am an active mormon with a strong testimony. I was not active when I married and my husband has no desire to gain a testimony or go to church. I work full time as a registered nurse at my local hospital. I have served many many years in scouting positions, then was called to stake primary (over cub scouts) and now am trying to figure out what young womens is all about. (big change from boys!) Some of my hobbies include, reading, bowling, crocheting, camping, and riding my motorcycle.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized at age 8 but my parents were never active. In fact my father died when I was 8 months old and my mother was expecting my little sister. My mom remarried my step dad when I was just over 3. He is my dad because he is all I remember and he never treated me or my sister any differently than my other siblings. He had no religious upbringing but has claimed to be catholic. (I don't think he has a clue what being a catholic means, but that is what he wants to claim). I went to primary because it was on a week day when I was growing up and everybody else was going. I went to mutual for a couple of years but with not real support at home I quickly lost interest and stopped attending church all together when I was about 14 or so. I met my husband who was raised in the church but had also stopped attending when he was 16, and we were married when I was 21. We had no interest in going to church. I did believe in Heavenly Father and occasionally prayed. I remember telling Him that I didn't want my children to ever feel unwelcome or that they didn't fit in like I always had growing up because my parents didn't go to church like other kids parents did. So when we bought our house I decided to go to church so my kids would fit in better. I had 2 kids at the time. I went a couple of times and met some nice ladies who made me feel welcome but I didn't think I was going to be able to keep going because I really didn't feel like I fit in, when I was called to be in the nursery. Now I had to go. I was in the nursery with a lady who became my friend and started challenging me to read the book of mormon. She would explain things to me that I didn't understand and encourage me to ask questions. I became incredibly curious to find out more. I continued to attend church, had more babies and all of a sudden one day I stopped and thought, "holy cow, I really believe all of this" and that is when I realized I had a testimony. It was never my intention to get one but there it was

How I live my faith

I try to live my life according to gospel principles. I try to be honest in my dealings and I try my very best to magnify any callings that I have. Even when I am called to do something I don't think I can do I try to figure it out and just do it. I learned to always do my best from being in the scouting program for so long and it is something I always strive to do. I have a testimony of visiting teaching and I visit my ladies every month and try to be available to them when they need me. I have tried to teach my children why I have a testimony and for them to try and find their own. It is not enough to tell them to go to church they have to know I truly believe in and have a testimony of this church and the gospel as it is taught. I believe we have a living prophet and that the priesthood power is real and working today. I have gone to the temple on my own, since my husband has no desire to go, and I faithfully pay my tithing and keep my temple recommend current, although I probably don't attend as often as I should.