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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a widow and mother of five. I grew up in Logan, Utah and graduated from Utah State University. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a widow and a busy mother of 5. My greatest joy comes in supporting and encouraging my children in their worthwhile endeavors. I enjoy preparing on-line publications as a part-time job. In my free time, I enjoy reading, and good music. As a young teen, my family lived in Egypt for 2 years. It was there that I learned to love the adventure of meeting new people, and finding things in common with those of other faiths, cultures, and diverse backgrounds. It also gave me a great appreciation for the freedom I enjoy as a citizen of the United States, and the responsibility I have as a citizen of the world in which we live.

Why I am a Mormon

I first became a Mormon as a child because my parents, and grandparents are members. However, as I grew to adulthood, I wanted to know for myself if the things I had been taught were true. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it was true. I received a sure confirmation of its truthfulness through the witness of the Holy Ghost. I came to know for myself that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, and that the gospel of Jesus Christ has indeed been restored in its fullness to the earth. I have seen the blessings of following the counsel of His living prophets and apostles. In particular, I love The Family: A Proclamation to the World, which outlines the central role of families, and our important work within our families. That counsel, and comfort, was never more important than when my husband died unexpectedly, leaving me to rear our 5 children alone. I have had a witness for myself that families can be together forever through sacred ordinances and covenants made in God's temples. That sweet witness has given me great peace to weather this storm in my life. All these things and many more are why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a daily endeavor. It includes personal scripture study and prayer, family scripture study and prayer, and service to my family and others. It means striving to make my life more in line with God's laws each day. It also means repenting when I make mistakes. It means attending church on Sunday, and accepting the opportunity to formally serve others in my congregation. I love the opportunity I have to serve in the church! I teach Sunday School to the 16-18 year old youth in our congregation. I prepare by praying and studying the scriptures and words of living prophets and apostles. Then during our weekly classes, we discuss the gospel of Jesus Christ, and how we can better live as He did, following the Savior's example. I also have the privilege of being a visiting teacher. That means I have the opportunity to visit with a few sisters from our congregation each month, along with another sister as my companion. We share a gospel-centered message, support each other in our trials (sometimes bringing in a meal, babysitting for a busy mother, or being a listening ear), and pray for each other. Serving in this way helps me see how the Savior served others during his mortal ministry. I know that as I act as He would (caring for others, and loving them), I become more like Him. That makes me happier, and helps me weather the storms of life.