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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a mormon. I'm from Calgary, Canada. I will soon be serving a mission in Japan.

About Me

Currently I work at a rock climbing gym. Hence one of my hobbies is rock climbing, indoors and outdoors...I really, really enjoy it. I am not in school at the moment, but after I finish my mission in Japan I hope to study agriculture and teach sustainable farming practices in developing countries. I also enjoy music, listening to it, playing it (though not very well), singing..I seem to lean towards anything involving a banjo. I love to hike, camp, bike - anything that gets me to the mountains. I have an older sister studying to become a phys.ed teacher, my mother teaches music to kids and my dad works as a tile contractor. I also enjoying traveling, I've had the opportunity to travel to less common places such as Estonia and Ethiopia, and look forward to traveling to Japan very soon! In fact, I am in the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah right now learning the language and how to teach, getting set to head to Japan on April 1st!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised Mormon, so to some it may seem like I didn't have much choice in the matter. But as I've grown older I've realized that the kind of life I want, and my ultimate means of happiness, are epitomized by the things the LDS faith teaches. The LDS faith is centred on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, who showed us exactly how we should live. I know that God planned for Jesus Christ to come to the earth and to later be crucified, and this was because He loved His creations, or in other words, us, that much. Though I'm still trying to wrap my head around it all, I suppose the biggest reason why I choose to live according to the LDS faith, is that it gives me hope, and purpose, and reason to strive to be a better person. Following after the example of Jesus Christ is a tall order, but I think what gives me the most hope is that I do not have to be left to my own devices to make my way through life on this earth. God has designed it so while His children are on this earth, we are to be tested and refined to eventually be prepared to meet Him. He is more than willing to help us through these tests to become stronger, kinder and better people. Though life may not always make sense, I know that if I try to live as well as I can and acknowledge God as my Father and Jesus Christ as my Savior, and ask for their blessings, they cannot help but help me in every aspect of my life. I know that God recognizes when we are putting forth our best efforts, and when we do, He will take care of all else that remains.

How I live my faith

My religion keeps me very busy, in the best kind of way! I attend weekly church meetings on Sundays, religion classes during the week, teach at church every now and then. In preparing to go on a mission, I find that I read the scriptures quite a bit more. As a young adult, there are many social gatherings that occur, such as dances and service-type projects, encouraging us to meet people and make friends..it seems like there's always lots going on, but for good reason. The largest manifestation of how I live my faith is evident right now as I am serving a mission for the next 18 months. I am blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to further understand the fundamental beliefs I've been taught my entire life, by learning to teach them to other people. I am blessed to be able to go to Japan, and interact with the people there by sharing something very close to my heart. I look forward to the chance to serve my fellow human beings, for this is a way in which I can thank my Heavenly Father for the many blessings He has given me.