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Hi I'm Julia

I am a journal writer and a hymn singer- A teacher and, hence, a library lover-A mountain biking Mom of 5, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a coal mining town with a paper route and a pass to the local swimming pool. I married a man who was out mowing lawns in that same town while I was riding my bike to the pool to soak up the sun. Now he keeps our suburban yard looking top notch, and our bikes in good repair, like I knew he would. We also swim and boat together in lakes across the beautiful Utah landscape. We take the "wholesome recreational activities" injunction in the Proclamation to the Family seriously! We also take turns singing in the church choir. Music is something we both love, so we are pretty proud that our kids are passing us up in ability when it comes to musical instruments. My job as Mom keeps me up to my knees in lots of housework, especially laundry. An address given at a recent Relief Society meeting has encouraged me to see the folding of clothes for my family as a "valentine incognito." I'm trying. I have a degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Spanish. I have put my education to use by organizing and running a Mother's Pre-school with other women in my neighborhood for the past 8 years. When family life gets chaotic, and heaviness of every- day responsibilities weighs on me, I look to this formula for joy found in Hebrews 13:5; "...be content with such things as ye have for He hath said I will never leave thee nor forsake thee."

Why I am a Mormon

I have chosen to continue in the religion of my parents for so many reasons. * The PLAN OF SALVATION demonstrates to me the great love God has for all His children. All are given agency and opportunity. I feel PEACE knowing an omniscient, unchanging God is at the head of what transpires on this earth. Several experiences in my life tell me that He cares about me, and each of His children. One in particular happened while I was hiking and pondering the words to the song, "Walk Tall, You're a Daughter of God." * The SCRIPTURES uplift and guide me. In particular, I have used Moroni 9:25 to keep my attitude of gratitude going. It states " ...may Christ lift thee up, and may his sufferings and death,... and his mercy and long-suffering, and the hope of his glory and of eternal life, rest in your mind forever." * The doctrine is sound, and rings true to my soul. As a young teen I had to decide whether following the PROPHETS teachings on dating, etc. was what I wanted to do. I decided it was, and that decision put me on a safe and secure path. Now I tune in to audio versions of General Conference talks whenever I need more clarity and comfort filling the airwaves in my kitchen :) * Mormon LIFESTYLE feels correct to me. It's a pretty involved religion, with guidelines about modesty, media, health, etc. (as outlined in the For The Strength of Youth pamphlet). But I am grateful for the sensible, time-proven standards. I feel confident my kids are being taught the way to become moral, upstanding citizens who contribute to society. This is important to me. * We are a growing church of inclusion and are spreading across the earth. This is thrilling to me because of my interest in other cultures. I love being part of what is now a world-wide church. It's exciting to be a Mormon!

How I live my faith

Right now "my part" is organizing a monthly pack meeting for the cub scout pack which is chartered by our church. I have also supported my husband in his role as boy scout master for over ten years. This results in a perpetual "lost and found" garage pile, and lot of left-over ketchup & mustard to store in my fridge until the next camp-out! So you could say that together- we are building up boys. As a mother I am tutoring my girls through their "Faith In God" booklets which include requirements about service, developing talents, and spirituality. I, along with my husband, also do my best to make sure family prayer, scripture study, and Family Home Evening happen. A scripture that helps me make daily choices is found in Moroni 7:16. "...every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade men to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God." I feel like this church is overflowing with good fruits that are enticing to me! I attend church weekly because I love it and I need it. I do additional personal worship where I can. This ongoing religious education feeds me with ideas on how to improve my prayers and my ability to know and follow through with God's will for me.