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Hi I'm Julie Ann Perkins

I am a mother of 9 children, grandmother of 35, a retired 2nd grade school teacher, and a recent widow. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, then attended and graduated from Brigham Young University in Elementary Education. After teaching school in Provo, Utah, I married my sweetheart in May, 1972. We spent a few months in the Navy in Pensacola, Florida, then returned to Utah, then to Idaho, where my husband ran the family farm in Chesterfield, Idaho, for 13 years. While there we had our family of 4 girls and 5 boys. My husband got his teaching degree and taught in Grace, Idaho for 3 years, but we realized it would take more than that to provide for our 9 children. When we obtained teaching jobs in Mesquite, Nevada, we moved there for the next 30 years. It has been a wonderful place to raise our children, where they had the opportunities to learn and participate in many things. I taught mostly 2nd grade for 22 years, then retired with my husband in 2008. We returned to Chesterfield in the summers for the next 6 years until my husband became too ill to keep going there. When he passed away in January, 2016, I felt a strong desire to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which I am preparing for now. I have served in leadership and teaching positions of all the auxiliaries of the Church, currently teaching the youth in Sunday School and playing the piano. I try to visit our 9 children and 35 grandchildren all over the country as much as possible.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a Mormon! Not only does it give meaning and clarity to life, why we are and what our Father in Heaven wants for us in this life, but answers questions of where I came from and what I have to look forward to after this life! It gives me hope because of the knowledge I have of being with my sweetheart after this life, and knowing our family can be together again forever if we live worthy of these blessings. It provides knowledge and an assurance of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and His Atonement - that He lived and died for me and each of us so that we all may live again and be with Him in the eternities to come. This church gives me many opportunities to show my love for my Savior by serving others. I can participate fully in programs that help me to learn and grow, and where I can possibly help others in their progression in life to return and live with our Father in Heaven. Because of the Church I feel I have an extended family - those I can turn to in time of need, those who love and care about me as well. I in turn am able to extend my love and caring for many others by sharing my talents and serving. It is a wonderful reciprocal relationship that I feel with many others. As I learn to love and care about others, I feel the love of the Savior in my life, and want to more fully serve as He did. I am so grateful for the Church, its teachings and doctrine, the love I feel for others and from others. I know it is God's plan for us and desire so much to be able to share this knowledge with others!

How I live my faith

By actively participating in any way I am asked in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I feel I am trying to live my faith both in serving and supporting others who are serving. Over the past 44 years I have been a part of youth groups, either teaching classes each Sunday, teaching singing and music (or accompanying groups or congregations), or in leadership capacities. I have also been in leadership positions planning activities for youth of all ages and adult women groups, as well as planning ways we can serve others. In these positions, I have helped many times in providing and serving meals for families following funerals, as well as taking food to people who are sick or in need on numerous occasions. These have been rewarding experiences in trying to lift and help others who are in need. I have tried to consistently visit people I have been assigned to each month to check on their concerns and needs. I have enjoyed actively participating with ladies living in the local care center, visiting them and teaching them lessons on various religious subjects. It is rewarding to see their eyes light up with the visits, and then to see them able to fulfill their desires of attending the temple. With my husband we had some interesting experiences in picketing a local adult book store in an attempt to get it to close its' doors, which with the help of hundreds of other volunteers we were able to do after almost 2 years! I also went with my husband on numerous occasions to help transients in our city to get some needed food, transportation, or housing. And I supported him in the 5 years he was ecclesiastical leader of our congregation with the many responsibilities of this calling. I have been doing some family history work and learning more about my ancestors. This is an important work to me and very rewarding. I try to live my faith by being supportive of others and in serving every opportunity I can.