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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a mother of 5 and college lecturer. I love long distance running, mountain fell running and triathlons and I'm a mormon

About Me

I'm the third oldest of 8 children. I grew up in Lancashire England. At age 21 I served a mission in London. I was previously a college lecturer, now I spend my time at home with my 5 growing children. Whilst the children are at school I enjoy long distance running, triathlons and mountain fell running. Keeping fit is my hobby, I love being out in the open air and pushing myself to the limit. My family is my life, being there for them is second to none. Sharing my hobbies with my children is a hi light for me, spending time one on one with each of them whilst keeping fit is like a dream come true.

Why I am a Mormon

At a young age, through prayer, I developed a relationship with God. I felt what I now recognise to be the spirit, as I prayed. A feeling of peace and comfort came to me. This peace I felt is described in the Bible in John chapter 14 verse 26-27. Here Jesus was about to leave his disciples and ascend back to his Father in Heaven, He spoke to them before leaving them and said, "...peace I leave with you, peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth give I unto you...". The peace that God can give to you is hard to describe. The scripture is true, there is a different peace that God can give you than the world. As I grew up my recognition of God's truths and existence became apparent when I read the scriptures or went to church. As I learned about where we came from, why we are here and where we are going, this same confirming peace helped me recognise and see the truths of this church for myself. At age 21 I decided to serve a mission voluntary for the church for 18 months so I could help others find out for themselves the answers to these all important questions. This is why I'm a Mormon. Being a member of The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the best thing I have. I'm glad to know that if I try my best I will live with my family and loved ones forever. Peace and comfort is the best feeling you can have!

How I live my faith

I heard Russel M Nelson, a leader in our church say, "The true test of a persons character is to see if they practise what they preach, adhere to the principles they stand for when doing so would be to their detriment or disadvantage". When I reflect upon this statement I realise that I need to live my faith regardless of life’s challenges. I need to be kind, responsible, true, honest, etc at all times and in all places. I try to be the best person I can be, so that I can be an example to my children and also show myself and God who I really am. At church I currently work with the media, in public relations and with the national interfaith council. I really enjoy interacting with others and feel it important to work closely with other faiths and build on common beliefs. I also teach youth between 14-18 in a daily early morning study class in the church. The class is to help develop their understanding of the purpose of this life, where we came from, why we are here and where we are going. The answers to all of these questions have brought peace to me when I have searched for truth and understanding.