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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a G.R.I.T.S. (Girl Raised In The South...in America). I'm a homeschool mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married since 1991 and have five children. My husband and I met at Brigham Young University where he was studying political science and I was studying, well, all sorts of things until I settled on Family Science. I love almost anything creative in nature because I love to work with my hands. So I enjoy sewing, crafting, working on home decor, gardening, cooking, etc. But I also love working on the computer. While serving on the board of directors for a national LDS homeschooling organization, I was able to hone skills in website design, data entry, and graphic design. I enjoy blogging too. I created a recipe sharing blog with other Mormon women who love to cook. I also have my own blog for sharing projects, homeschooling thoughts, and other family stuff. In my opinion, there just isn't enough time in the day to do all the things I'm interested in! Our family loves to laugh and have inside jokes, quotes, and sayings that we share all the time with each other. We spend a lot of time together, since we homeschool. My children have always been homeschooled and we enjoy the journey together. I love that our school day begins in the scriptures and that we can talk about our faith as it applies to all learning.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Mormon church before I was born. I grew up "in the church" and was taught the principles of the restored gospel from an early age. Looking back, I can see that the gospel was always an anchor of safety in a shifting and troubled world. Many times I've thought about past experiences and wondered how on earth I would have gotten through without my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. My testimony grows with each effort I make to be obedient to my Heavenly Father. I know that my Heavenly Father lives and that I am his spiritual daughter. I know that He loves me and wants me to be happy. I know that to be happy I must make the right choices. One of those choices is to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I know he is my Savior and the Savior of the whole world. I know that He lived on this earth, ministered, suffered, and died and that He did all this so that there would be a way to return to live with Heavenly Father. I know that the true gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth by a living prophet, Joseph Smith. I know that from that time forth we have had living prophets to teach us, warn us, and guide us. I know that the Book of Mormon, translated by Joseph Smith, is the word of God and, with the Bible, is another testament or testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. This knowledge has guided me in my life. At times I have taken it for granted, but I know that it is my most precious possession. I wish all people could have this knowledge and know what I know about Heavenly Father's love for us and for what He and Jesus Christ have done for us.

How I live my faith

I recently got a new calling, or position, in our ward. I'm in the leadership for our women's organization and am over the planning of our activities. This has been such a fun and rewarding calling to have. I've had this calling before, but it was years ago. I'm now able to rely on some past experiences to help me get the ball rolling. I love preparing quality activities for my sisters at church. At home, we have family prayers and scripture ready on a daily basis (we try, anyway....we do our best!). We have a weekly family night where we may have a lesson or watch a church video. Recently we worked on a family plan for how we might be better at sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with those around us. We try to keep the Sabbath day holy and are working on the kinds of activities that ARE good for the Sabbath day. Personally, I try to read my scriptures (or listen to them on my phone's scriptures app) and pray every day. It's hard for me to remember sometimes because I get so caught up in my list of things to do each day. But I find that my day just feels better when I've started it on the right foot with scripture and prayer. I try to listen for promptings from the Holy Ghost so that I can be aware of what I need, what my family needs, and what others around me may need. I have learned that serving others can be the most rewarding feeling you can have. I hope I can serve others in a way that truly helps them in their lives.