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Hi I'm Julie

I'm an artist, a writer, a wife and mother and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I moved a lot growing up so I've lived all over, including in the Middle East. I love travel and exploring new places. England, India and Italy are the places I'm dying to visit next. I'm so excited because my dream of becoming a professional artist is finally being realized. I love to paint people--they intrigue me. I also love to write fiction and hope to be published soon. I am married to an amazing man and have two beautiful girls. We recently adopted the younger of the two. Adopting an older child from the foster care system has been a wild ride. I have gone through many, many trials in my life and have overcome much hardship. At times I've felt bitter, but as I've turned to my Heavenly Father for help, He has turned me into something more beautiful than I could have become on my own. Although I'm far from perfect, my trials have helped me develop strength, compassion, faith, patience, and most importantly, a deeper relationship with God, the Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ. I also love rock music, chocolate, scrap booking, dogs and Indian food.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised as a Mormon, I did have times growing up when I questioned my faith. Is this really the true church? Is there really a God up there in the heavens? Does He know me by name and love me? When I sincerely asked Him in prayer these questions, He assured me He is there and He does care and that this is His Gospel. Time and time again I have felt His love for me. I have felt Him gently leading me, making my life so much better than I could have made it on my own. Sometimes, during times of discouragement or suffering, I feel Him near me more than ever. For many years I've struggled with dark depression, severe anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. There were times when a dark cloud hung over my head and tore hope and happiness away from me and the only thing that kept me hanging on is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the quiet promises my Heavenly Father made me of a brighter future ahead. Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and years of therapy, I have been able to heal. I am finding more and more happiness each passing year.

How I live my faith

Going to church every Sunday is important to me. I love to show my Heavenly Father how thankful I am for all He has blessed me with--I am so indebted to Him! I also love the sweet spirit I feel there. It also gives me a chance to recharge my spiritual batteries, something that is crucial in a world that can be discouraging, with all the turmoil and moral decay. My husband and I currently teach the nine, ten and eleven year old's Sunday school class. The kids can be a handful, but we love to see how enthusiastic they are, how starved they are for the Gospel truth. They love to learn more about how they are literal children of God and how each of them have an important role to play in this life.