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Hi I'm Julie

I'm at stay-at-home mama to five children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in San Diego, California. I have 5 brothers and a sister. My mother was the first in our family to convert to Mormonism. Growing up I wanted to keep up with my brothers so I got really involved in sports, mainly basketball and running. I graduated from BYU and I met my husband there. Since my husband graduated from college I've been a stay-at-home mom. I keep busy running kids around to their activities. We enjoy running as a family and try to enter all the local 5Ks and 10ks in the area and my husband and I have run a couple of marathons. I enjoy reading, politics, and redecorating the many homes we've lived in. My husband is a home builder who specializes in disaster recovery so we tend to move every few years to areas that have been hit by hurricanes. We currently live in Texas and love it.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a child, Ezra Taft Benson was the prophet and president of the Church. He encouraged every member of the Church to read the Book of Mormon and pray to Heavenly Father to know whether or not the Book of Mormon is the true word of God. My youth leaders encouraged me to do as the prophet asked. My family life was in turmoil at this time. My father had made many poor decisions including leaving the Church. I was confused. But, I promised myself that once I completed reading the Book of Mormon I would ask Heavenly Father if it was true. I also committed to myself that if I had a confirmation from the Lord that the book was true then I would try to live the gospel to the best of my abilities. Every summer the youth-age girls go camping together. During the camp, I was able to go off by myself and pray to know if the Book of Mormon is true. I got my answer. I felt so much joy and peace. I'm not perfect. I still make many mistakes. But, I try to live the gospel and keep my commitment to the Lord.

How I live my faith

Most of my adult life I've worked in the children and youth programs at church. Recently, I was called to work in the women's organization in our congregation. This has been a new and exciting experience. At first I was nervous about working with the women, but I've found this new experience to be very fulfilling. I've gotten to know many women in our congregation more intimately and have developed deeper bonds with the women I attend church with. I occasionally teach lessons in our women's group and studying and preparing for these lessons has increased my knowledge of the Savior and has helped me grow closer to Him.