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Hi I'm Julie Keyes

I was a convert to the Mormon Church at age 21. I'm now 57 and I am so happy that I made this decision.

About Me

I am a mother of 3 and a grandmother of 7. I am married to the most wonderful man. We met at BYU in Provo, Utah 35 years ago and we've had an amazing journey of learning and growth raising our family in the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the Mormon Church. Some of my hobbies are: Polynesian dancing (I learned as a child as my mother was a teacher), skiing, genealogy, reading and dabbling in oil painting. When I was 3 years old, my family moved to Seattle and I was raised there. Later I moved back to Canada. I have almost 2 years of University courses and when my children were older I went back to college and upgraded my computer and English skills. I then went to work in a doctor's office part-time as a receptionist for several years. This helped our family to save extra money to pay off our mortgage which has been a great blessing! I love life and I love being a Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

I discovered the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints quite by accident. I was waiting in Temple Square in Salt Lake City for a friend to pick me up (I was travelling from Canada). My friend was delayed and so I spent several hours in Temple Square wandering around listening to the presentations and talking with the sister missionaries there. I immediately recognized something warm and genuine about the sisters serving there. They weren't being paid, they just loved their Church and wanted to share what they know. As I learned about different things about the Church, I was filled with a desire to learn more. The more I learned, the more I recognized the goodness of it all. I remember hearing the story of Joseph Smith and thinking, "Wouldn't that be cool if that were true." Mostly it was the lifestyle that attracted me. At age 21, coming from the world as I knew it, life had a pretty bleak outlook for me. So much divorce and drugs and people not caring much about the future...it was all around me. So when I traveled back home to Canada, I contacted the missionaries to ask for more lessons. Soon after, I was baptized. That was 37 years ago. I have been so happy ever since. The focus of this Church is Jesus Christ. We believe it is His Church, and we all share in that belief. The Book of Mormon is amazing scripture that supports the Bible and it brings the spirit of revelation as you read it. The leaders of this Church are humble, wise men who don't get paid for their service. They serve because they love the Lord with all their hearts. I continue to learn and grow closer to my God and my Savior as I attend Sacrament meeting every Sunday and hear others speak God's words as well as share my own inspiration and learning with those around me. Nothing brings me more joy than being a part of this, the Savior's Church on the earth today!

How I live my faith

I have enjoyed a wide range of opportunities to serve and mingle with fellow members of the Church. I have served in the nursery, taking care of the little ones while the adults get a chance to attend classes on Sunday, I have taught and done activities with the young women in our congregation, I have really enjoyed teaching the adult women in our women's meeting. All these classes are a combination of spiritual, scriptural and practical lessons that lift and edify. We all take turns doing different things in the Church. Recently my husband and I have had the opportunity to serve and help in the temple. My husband retired from his regular work about 8 months ago (he was a counselor in an adolescent treatment centre for 28 years) and shortly, in August of 2015, we have applied for and will serve a 2 year mission for our Church. We're very excited for this adventure. All that I do, I do because I believe in Jesus Christ and his mission. I strive every day to live up to his example and show gratitude for his love and the life he lived. I know he lives and it's worth every effort to try to emulate him and pray for his charity to sink in.