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Hi I'm Juli

I live in Texas with my husband and young daughter. I love art and literature. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I majored in English in college, hoping to either teach high school English or to do something in the publishing industry. After serving a mission in Japan, though, I ended up becoming a middle school Japanese teacher. I LOVED teaching and I like to think I was pretty good at it, but when my daughter was born in 2012, I decided to stay home with her. My husband is blessed with a good job that makes that possible, so I know we're pretty lucky. Staying home is not always amazing, but sometimes it is. I try to remember that every job has its ups and its downs and its days when you feel like you're going to go crazy. I try to minimize that last one by using nap time for "me time" (when I can). I love to read; I will read anything that you put in front of me, but I really enjoy classic literature. And Harry Potter. (Who doesn't love Harry Potter??) I'm also trying to maintain and improve my Japanese skills, and I love to cook. In the future, I would like to travel more (wouldn't everyone?). I've visited almost all the states in the continental United States, thanks to amazing road trips with my family as a kid, and I'd like to complete that list. While I'm at it, I might as well visit Hawaii and Alaska, too. I went to Europe for the first time last year, and I would love to go again and see more!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both Mormon, so I was raised in this church and religion. Even so, when I was a teenager I had serious questions about the origin of the church and its validity. Through a series of small but poignant experiences, I came to believe for myself that the church and its teachings are true. Probably the biggest help in my journey of faith was the Book of Mormon. When I was really young, we read every day as a family, but as I got older my parents fell out of that practice. When I was about 12 years old, though, my older sister took up a challenge from one of her leaders to read the Book of Mormon. We shared a room at the time and I would complain when she didn't turn off the light at night. She told me that if I didn't like it, I should read my Book of Mormon to pass the time until I could sleep, so I did. Despite being young, I felt the influence of the Spirit very strongly when I read. No matter what other questions I have had or will have, I've never doubted the truths found in the Book of Mormon, and I never will. Through the years, I've seen a lot of friends struggle with their faith, but I know that God wants all his children to be happy. I believe and know that He has given us a plan, revealed through prophets, that will make us the happiest we can be. I know that His Son is Jesus Christ and that together they love me and everyone more than we can imagine. I'm so thankful for their love and patience with me, and I try to afford that same love and kindness to those around me.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am a leader in our women's organization, along with 3 other amazing women. Together we coordinate service efforts among the women in our congregation and try to find out the needs of people in our community. Recently, we joined many other service-minded people in helping to clean the local river. I love participating in projects like that, but often the service we provide is more personalized and subtle, something as simple as giving a member of our congregation a ride to the doctor. We also reach out to individual members of our congregation, especially those struggling with the stresses of life (whether that be financial troubles, family problems, health struggles, etc.). Some of these people attend church actively, and others not. Either way, it is always rewarding to try to help someone feel loved and accepted. My favorite part of being a member of the church and my favorite place to provide service, though, is helping the youth. I am a teacher by profession and I love to interact with young people. They are funny and witty, as well as wise and insightful. Teenagers get a bad rap sometimes, but it's my experience that they are some of the most loving and accepting people, if you give them the chance to be.