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Hi I'm Julie

I live in AZ and I'm a Mormon :)

About Me

I'm 43 and have two children, 19 and 17 year old boys. I work as a claim manager and find my job very rewarding. I enjoy reading (although it seems a while since I dove into a good book), working out and up for most things (back pain permitting). I investigated the church on Easter of this year 2013. It's been around me with my children's father's family, however I grew up Catholic so really had no interest. I now tell people, "they planted a 20 year seed that finally took!" My kids father and I are no longer together, but love our children and only want the best for them. When the boys found out I was getting baptized it was quite the surprise. They wanted to know why? They did see that I was happy but even more of a surprise to THEM and EVERYONE...I had not smoked since the missionaries told me I could not get baptized if I was still smoking. April 7, 2013 was my last time. This was testimony to every person who knew me....and to myself. After the missionaries and my cigs left the house that night, I was on my knees in prayer. I knew only by putting my full belief in what He could help me with, could I kick this 20+ year dedicated addiction. I had to work for it. Heavenly Father and myself had talks, minute by minute but He took my hands because I gave them both to Him. I was helpless without Him. Only wanting the best for my children...this is a start. I was baptized April 20, 2013.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always had a relationship with Heavenly Father, although it's not always been the greatest on my side. In my lifetime I saw Latter Day Saints very active; very family; very together. I felt like something was lacking in my life. I'd gotten back involved in my old church off and on, but I left feeling unfulfilled. Simply put, I needed and wanted Heavenly Father in my life and I just prayed. He led me to family. And we talked and I wanted to know more.... It was very different than what I grew up with. I prayed to Heavenly Father to help me know the truth as I investigated and read. It was a peace that came over me. I knew it was true. I mentioned earlier that I've been a smoker for over 20 years. Only through the Grace and Love of my Heavenly Father was I able to quit. COLD TURKEY. Never did I think this would be possible, nor did anyone else who knew me. I continue to follow His Gospel because honestly now knowing it's true...How can I NOT? I fall short daily. But I know that I can turn to Him, being truly Godly sorry and He'll open His arms and forgive me. Totally forgive me. Like it never happened. "Above all, never lose faith in your Father in Heaven, who loves you more than you can comprehend." Elder Jeffrey R Holland.

How I live my faith

I look forward to Sundays!!! Before I knew better, I thought, THREE HOURS???? And I wouldn't change a thing! I got my first calling to be an adviser for the 14,15 year old girls. The Mia Maids. Being an adviser consists of assisting with Gospel principal lessons, and having the girls be a large part of teaching the classes as well. I was told I could share so much, but in fact, i feel they teach me more. It couldn't be more obvious that God's hand was in this. It's the perfect place for me right now. I just started having visiting teachers come over. There is really so much to learn and I feel like a sponge. I do notice there's times when I'll hear something and think..."I've heard that but now it makes sense." Heavenly Father knows my heart, He also knows my brain. This is not a 'see you once a week for an hour' kind of church. It's active. ALIVE. If I forget to pray before I go to bed or when I'm rushing in the morning, I find time to make it up. First always to thank Him for what He's blessed me with, to be appreciative, protect my family, and to help me to be better.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Julie
The Book of Mormon prophet Alma compared faith to a seed. If you plant a seed and nourish it, if it is a good seed it will grow and eventually bear fruit (Alma 32:28-43). It is the same with faith. If you are obedient to God’s commandments, study His word, and have a desire to believe in Christ, faith will grow inside of you. . I had heard of Latter Day Saints in my early 20's but didn't really know anything about the religion. From knowing and observing LDS members I finally took an interested and began meeting with the missionaries. It took a while but better late than never, and I feel so blessed. Show more Show less