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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a full-time student, a newly wed, and a an imperfect being -- and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am currently serving as a missionary in the Washington Everett mission! I have learned so much these past months that I've been been given to serve these brothers and sisters of mine. It's funny how you set out to give to others, but you're the one who gains the most. I can testify the God truly knows each and every one of us. He is there. He is listening. Before the mission days (and definitely after) I spent my time outdoors hiking, camping, playing soccer, enjoying the sun or inside playing the piano or guitar, baking brownies, or on occasion drawing, painting, or just scribbling. My greatest blessings are for sure the Gospel and my family. I love my family. I have a big family and it is wonderful! And because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they're mine forever! :)

Why I am a Mormon

The answers that the Gospel has all give me hope. There's a reason to smile, a reason to try, a reason to be happy--and that reason is because we are given second and third and forth (etc.) chances. That is what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches. It teaches that through the Atonement (where Christ paid the price for our sins) we can repent and be renewed. That because of what Christ did for us we can try again when we mess up and that no matter how many times we continue to make mistakes that our God LOVES US. He will never stop loving us. I know that to be true. I have studied the scriptures and I have asked God many times through prayer if it is true and I have always received the same answer. It is! I belong to the true church of Jesus Christ. This church has all the answers and it leads to REAL happiness. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I'm definitely not perfect at living my faith, but I try, so I guess that's how I live my faith: I try. I just try to do the "small and simple things", like praying every morning and night (and a thousand other times in between), studying the scriptures, and being willing to serve others. These little things make a huge difference. The strength I receive when I say a simple prayer and read a few verses of scripture is amazing. Lately, I've been praying to have the courage it takes to serve others. Service is something my parents taught me to do ever since I was little, and I love it. The feeling I get when I see someone smile or when I know someone's load is a little bit easier is the best feeling I have ever felt -- it's the Holy Ghost witnessing to me that the people I helped are beloved children of God, and that is a feeling that makes me truly happy. But just because I know service is worth it, doesn't mean it's easy for me. It is so scary for me to get out of the shadows. I like being in the back and being more quiet, so the thought that someone might see me make a mistake or that a person will reject my service terrifies me. That is why I pray for courage. I hope to conquer my fear because when I don't give service, both I and the person I could have helped lose opportunities. And I don't want that.

Who are the Mormons?

Mormons are the ones with the funeral potatoes and the vegetable jello! But more importantly, Mormons are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS). The LDS church is a worldwide Christian church that has approximately 14 million members. Mormons--or Latter-Day Saints--believe in the Bible as well as other scriptures such as The Book of Mormon (hence the nickname "Mormons"). Latter-Day Saints believe in modern-day Apostles and Prophets. They also believe that families can be together for all Eternity. Show more Show less