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Hi I'm Julia

I am from California but have lived the last 21 years of my life in China. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have loved raising 6 children. Part of that time was in China where all six graduated from high school. I've had opportunity to help a son complete an Eagle Project among the poorest children in China. That was an amazing experience. I've been able to serve in orphanages there. I have made so many great friends in China--one of the highlights of life are my friendships. So many friends come and go, but we remain friends--one of the great things of technology today! I married the man of my dreams before completing my university studies, so am a proud recent college graduate in history. I love to read history. I love to travel. I love being with family and friends. And now I love being a new grandma, even though I feel too young to call myself a grandma.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a traditional Mormon Family. But I whole-heartedly believe that that does not make one a true believer and a Mormon. I can now say that I am a converted Mormon after youthful years of questioning, self-deferentiating, seeking and studying, that I came to the conclusion in my early adult life that God loves us. It is a miraculous experience to feel peace and joy after praying for a simple answer to a simple prayer to have answers confirmed in our hearts. It really does work. We really can pray and feel answers and know something is true. God really does know us and want to communicate with us. I came to a knowledge that God restored His church to a prophet of God. Joseph Smith wasn't a prophet to "Mormonism" but to the world. His message is to the world and to each one personally to seek to know if it is true. I have a testimony that our knowledge and faith can be transformed if we will seriously study The Book of Mormon. That is a simple quest, but can completely change our life and we can feel His love for us--completely. And it is a lifetime of study that is required as we continue to grow closer to our Savior and what he has given us. It is our privilege and obligation I have to continue to feel the experience of conversion as we live as He did and study His life.

How I live my faith

I have the privilege of teaching 16 high schoolers every morning that live in my congregation. We study the scriptures together each weekday and I am inspired by the faith and strength of the youth I work with. I am inspired by their enthusiasm to be in class every morning for an hour before they start high school. I love the assignment to visit with 2 women in my congregation every month. What we call "visiting teaching" is a great privilege to care for, love and become friends with these two women I am assigned to be "sisters" with. It is just one example to me how the Lord loves us enough to let us serve more perfectly the way He did. And in reverse, I feel great love by the "sisters" who are assigned to care for me. I have had to call on them when I needed help and they were always there to assist me. I also serve in the community with the Boy Scouts. I started with the Cub Scouts and then "graduated" when my son moved to scouts. That has been a lot of fun to serve in the community to help boys of all faiths and from many countries progress in scouting. As an expatriate living in China, we have the privilege of being neighbors and making friends with people of all faiths from all over the world. It's an amazing community of people that need and depend on each other. We are all God's children and He loves us all and we get to be like Him in learning to love everyone around us. That's the best way to live our religion.