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Hi I'm Juli

I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me and I love Him. I am a wife, mother and grandmother. I am a Mormon!

About Me

Sunny Arizona is my birth state. My birth family consisted of a Dad and Mom, my younger sister and me plus a close and loving extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins from both my Dad's and Mom's families. From an early age, I was super active in dance and sports, loving movement of any kind. Being a voracious reader, I experienced so much of life through the words of others...my imagination has always been very active. One thing I always saw clearly in my mind's eye was a happy marriage to a dream-boat of a man and a large active family. The day I married my sweetheart was the beginning of the fruition of those dreams. We have been blessed with 8 amazing children and 22 and counting incredible grandchildren. Two of our sons were killed by a drunk driver in front of our home in 1984. This experience brought our sweet family even closer together. Because of the gospel of Jesus Christ, being sealed together as a family for all eternity, we all know where they are and that we will be with them again. Life is one amazing journey!

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the beginning of all things good! The teachings of the church have increased my faith in Jesus Christ, provided knowledge of God's plan for me personally, and simply makes me a much better person than I would be otherwise. The commandments keep me safe. I love knowing that God is the same as in olden times and continues to speak today through living prophets. I am able to see the hand of God in my life on a daily basis. This gospel encompasses the life saving ordinances (sacred, formal acts performed by one who has authority from God) and covenants (promises I make to Heavenly Father and promises He makes to me). This church is the only place on the face of the earth where God's priesthood authority is found to administer to me His life-saving ordinances and covenants. When I was baptized by my father who had received the same priesthood as Melchizedek of old, I knew (through confirmation in prayer) he had God's power to perform this sacred ordinance and it would be binding on earth and in heaven as I upheld my promises to take upon myself the name of Christ (act like Him); to obey His commandments and always serve Him; to always remember Him in all things; and to bear other's burdens, mourn with those that mourn, and comfort those in need of comfort...I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will uphold their promises to me. Those promises are that they will forgive me of my sins when I repent; accept me as a member of Their church; give me the right to receive the Holy Ghost; and to make a place for me in Their kingdom if I keep the promises I made to Them at my baptism! This is only one example of an ordinance and it's accompanying covenants that as I keep them will lead me home to where my Father and His Son, Jesus Christ dwell! There are many more wonderful ordinances and covenants that bless! Being a "Mormon" brings all things that are good into my life and the lives of my family members!

How I live my faith

Being the oldest child in a small part-member family, it came naturally to be a seeker! Always looking for answers...always wanting to know...always feeling compelled to do what is right or good. As a Mia Maid (14-15 years old LDS church program for girl's in the 1960's), choosing the white rose as my symbol has truly guided my life. "If there is anything good or virtuous"...I seek after those things! One would think that a life would be rosy with those ideals, right? Wrong! I consistently find that I have much to repent of! Understanding the Atonement brings complete comfort and peace because I know that as I forsake those actions that keep me from consistently enjoying the 'light' that I will be drawn closer and closer to my ideal, my Savior Jesus Christ. We have been given the opportunity to choose minute by minute, throughout our mortal sojourn, this light which brings joy or darkness which steals our peace. As we choose the light, which is spirit and truth, which is pure intelligence, we are choosing the same as the ‘mind of the Father’ which Jesus did all of his mortal days. Some ways I choose to live my faith are: * by living life with enthusiasm (meaning 'with God"). Happiness begets happiness. * I choose to listen very carefully to the 'still, small voice' that prompts me consistently to do what is right, whether it be from metaphorically picking up my husband's socks to calling on a neighbor with a pretty flower to cheer (the list is endless of how the Spirit guides) - this 'still, small voice' always guides aright! I strive to live my life in such a way that when others see me in action they think of Jesus. Tall order, eh?!?!?! But none has brought me as much contentment and joy - the true "peace that passeth understanding!" * Mostly, I live my faith by knowing who I am, why I am here, and where I will go when this life ends because knowing the 'big picture' of life leads me to strive to make it the happiest I can for myself and those around me!