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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a WW II baby boomer. I raised nine children in southern California with my husband of 46 years. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised as a Mormon in Salt Lake City most of my life. I graduated from college with a degree in Food and Nutrition. That's where I met my husband who has been a teacher of Religious Education for his career. We lived in American Samoa for three years and taught school there. We have three biological sons and I could have no more children. We have adopted 6 Korean children, most were school age. So we have nine children within a ten year age span. Needless to say we were busy parents. I enjoy gardening, reading, counted cross stitch and genealogy.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it brings me joy. I was taught the gospel of Jesus Christ by my loving parents and teachers and have always known it was true. My forefathers accepted the gospel and joined the church. They suffered many hardships to emigrate to the west so they could worship in freedom. Being a Mormon means becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. He lived a life of love and service which is what I am trying to do. It gives me purpose and direction and a great deal of happiness. I love that we know we are literal children of a loving Heavenly Father who wants us to return to Him. That his son Jesus Christ taught us the way to accomplish this and made it a reality by suffering for our sins and afflictions, satisfying justice so that we can have mercy through repentance. Through sacred ordinances and covenants in our temples, we are aided in our search for knowledge of our Father's plan for us and of all the Savior did and still does for us. It is there that we become eternal families if we are faithful to our covenants. I love my Heavenly Father and my savior Jesus Christ and always want to serve them. I'm also grateful for modern day prophets and apostles. They are humble men of God who teach by precept and example those thing we need to do to follow Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon as well as the Bible give me direction and peace. Reading from them each day helps keep me grounded and heading in the right direction. I am better able to continue as a disciple of the Savior, and filter out the distractions that sometimes block my view of what is most important. My goal is to be worthy to return to live with Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and my husband, family and friends after this life.

How I live my faith

I have been involved in service to the church since about twelve when I started as an assistant teacher to the children of our church. I love to teach children about Jesus Christ and how they can follow him by loving and serving others. I have been the president of our women's organization, the children's organization and the young women's organization as well as a teacher in each. One of my favorite responsibilities is as a visiting teacher. I love to get to know other women in our church and become a special friend to them. When my husband retired we started serving as missionaries. Anchorage Alaska was our first assignment in the office. Next we were proselyting missionaries in the DesMoines, Iowa mission. We were able to do much community service while there and have fond memories of our many non-member friends. We are currently serving as assistant managers to the welfare storehouse where we take care of the physical needs of the poor with food and other supplies. My husband and I also serve in our local temple several times a week. We love the peace and joy experienced there. I love to help in community service projects and food drives.

In whom should we have faith?

Jesus Christ, Living Prophets and in the Doctrine of Christ Show more Show less