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Hi I'm Julie

I grew up in Minnesota, graduated from a high school in the Chicago area. I'm a 5th grade teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Having traveled throughout Europe and the United States, I can imagine the great sense of beauty our Creator had- both in the beauty of the world itself, but also in the beauty of His children. Traveling is one of my passions- to learn and see and discover the world around me and better come to understand it's people. But I also love home- and work hard to create beauty in and around my home. So, besides traveling and history, I love to garden, read, listen to music, camp, and spend time outdoors. I'm a mother of five wonderful children who are now in their 20's and 30's, and I have a cute little Scottish terrier. My husband and I were both raised in areas of the country where there were very few people of our faith- yet we have made friends with people of good will who are very dear to us. I taught piano for many years, have worked as a children's librarian, and currently teach 5th grade- having worked both as a Special Education teacher and a classroom teacher. I also love being an historical interpreter for community events surrounding the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because at the age of sixteen, eventhough I'd already been baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I knelt down and prayed to Heavenly Father to let me know if this Church was really His Church, and if it was the only true church. As a result of that prayer, along with continued study and prayers, I have come to feel the witness of the Holy Ghost testify to me that this church is the one which bears His Priesthood power- and that the ordinances and covenants made by and through that Priesthood are recognized by Him. It is the Church that bears Christ's name- and he is the head of it. I know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. He atoned for all the sins of mankind, and but asks that we repent, turning from our worldly ways, and come unto Him- to take upon ourselves His name and to continue to live out our lives as bearers of His name. Repentance is something I do every day- and yet I'm so thankful for the ordinance of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost that I have received to help guide me through life. My life hasn't been an easy one- but with the guidance of the Spirit, I have been able to understand the troubles I've experienced with an eternal perspective- and to call upon my Father in Heaven for guidance and direction. I know that this Church is led by a prophet of God- who's calling it is to guide and direct us in this day and age just as prophets of old did. I'm grateful for Joseph Smith and his willingness to seek understanding by going to a grove of trees to pray when he was just a youth. I know that he saw the Father and Son that day, and that he translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God. It is another testament of Jesus Christ- and has helped my to draw closer to my Savior as well as explain his ways as told in the Old and New Testament. They compliment each other and support each other in history, in doctrine, and in spirit.

How I live my faith

I try live my faith every day- all day. To me, a good Christian works to follow the Savior- especially in the manner in which He interacted with those around him who were in need or were desirous to learn and grow. I try to be patient and kind to the students in my class- to be a light to them, even if we're talking about the multiplication table or genres of literature. The Savior created this world- and I love to learn about His creations. I hope to be able to pass that enthusiasm on to my students as well as we explore concepts in Science and learn about what happened historically. I also participate in my community- having helped on neighborhood committees, and civic committees to improve parks and other programs in our community. I want to help my city be a good place to be for everyone who lives here. I serve in my Church as well. Currently I teach Sunday lessons for the women's group, and hope to inspire and uplift them as we talk about how the Savior's teachings can be put to practice in our lives. I've also helped with the youth- teaching them, helping to organize a summer girls' camp for young women 12 - 18 years of age, going with them on a pioneer trek re-enactment in the high plains of Wyoming so they could better understand the lives, commitment, and sacrifices of their ancestors who crossed the plains out of devotion to their faith. I've helped the children in our congregation- teaching them, leading their organization. And, I've led the choir- many times.