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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a stay at home mom & recent empty-nester. I love laughing with friends and spending quality time with my family. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am the oldest child in my family and the ONLY girl!! I have seven younger brothers that have grown into wonderful men. I have been blessed to stay home with my children while my husband works. I love to do activities with my children and spend time with my husband. I enjoy playing the piano and reading books. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I have not worked professionally in that area but have served in the community and church as a teacher many times. I have also taught seminary for high school students for 8 years now. I enjoyed serving a mission for the church in Houston, Texas.

Why I am a Mormon

One might think that I don't have a real conversion story because my parents were members of the church when I was born and I grew up in Utah. However, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins were not members. I also felt the normal peer-pressure as a youth to not worry about the 'rules'. At one time, I felt alienated from church because no one in my youth classes liked me and would just ignore me. It was at this time that I asked myself why I was going to this church. During this frustrating time, my grandmother died. I was very close to her and was devastated. At her funeral, I went into the bathroom to cry. While I was there, I prayed and asked my Heavenly Father if He was really there. At that very moment, I felt a warmth surround me. If you were to ask my young self, I would have said that I got a hug from the other side. I knew that I had a loving Father in Heaven and that His beloved Son, Jesus Christ had died and was resurrected so each one of us could continue to live with our families forever. I decided that I would go to church because of Jesus Christ, not because of "friends". Since that time, I have given a fervent study to the Book of Mormon and all scriptures, listened closely to the words of living prophets, and decided to act in faith to the counsels given me. Each step has brought me closer to my Savior and has confirmed to me that this is His church. This is why I'm a Mormon...I have a testimony of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

The joy and hope that has come to me as I've studied and applied the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are immeasurable. The Book of Mormon has made my reading of the Bible complete. I am so glad that the church gives us opportunities to serve. Because it's a lay ministry, we all get to jump in and do our part. I have been asked to serve with the children, the young women and the older women. I love being a woman in the church. I feel support from others and are given many opportunities to lead. I also love the chance to visit with other sisters that I've been asked to be a friend for. I visit every month and have loved the opportunity to serve them. I also feel it a blessing to have a temple of God close by. I try to go there monthly. It is so peaceful and gives me a needed time to reflect on the many blessings I have. I love to read the scriptures every day. Each week my husband and I make sure we go on a date. This has helped us to stay close to each other and communicate. In every area of my life, I have benefitted from having faith in Jesus Christ. He is my Savior and I love him with all my heart.

In whom should we have faith?

Julie
When I think of faith, I want to be able to rely on it. I laugh at how many times I have had faith in my weatherman & have been caught in a downpour - he's not very reliable. So placing your faith in a sure and reliable source is key to our happiness and success. The only person who is perfect and will never let us down is Jesus Christ. He is the one we should have our faith in. I think of him as a sure foundation. When building our home, we'd drive by every day to see how it was coming along. For months we didn't see hardly anything, just cement. Then one day we drove by and and our house was completely framed. It only took one day! In talking with the builder, he shared that the most complicated and important part was the foundation. They needed to take time and make sure it was sound. I feel this is similar to our faith in Jesus Christ. We need to read, study, obey, and act - which all take time - yet, that's what creates a FIRM foundation - a solid rock - upon which if we build, we will not fall. Show more Show less