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Hi I'm Julie

I grew up in Southern California. I love music and singing. I served a mission to Hong Kong. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to have have fun. I joined the church when I was in 10th grade after a friend invited me to meet the missionaries. I went to Brigham Young University and later served a mission to Hong Kong. I married my husband a year later and we have six amazing children. We play sports, work, and travel together. The best thing about our family is that we can laugh together.

Why I am a Mormon

I have not always been a Mormon. I first heard about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was 15 years old. Until then I only knew that my friends who were "Mormon" were a lot like me. They were happy, fun-loving, people who were not into drinking, smoking, or one-on-one dating. This was a relief to me because I was looking for friends who made me feel comfortable and let me be myself. As long as I can remember I went to church. My parents did their best to teach me the basic values of Christianity. I knew about God, and Jesus and I knew how to pray. What I was lacking were answers to my questions. Some of my friends were Mormon, and I was curious about how they lived and what they believed. In high school I became interested in learning more about the Mormon church and began listening to the missionary lessons. What I wanted most was an understanding of who I was, and how to make my desire to live right and be happy become a reality. The missionaries taught me to pray, introduced me to the Book of Mormon, and taught me about a prophet named Joseph Smith. As I was taught, I felt very impressed to keep listening and reading and praying for answers. This was the first time in my life that I felt the influence of the Holy Ghost in my life. I learned about the restoration of Christ's church and felt my prayers were heard and my questions answered. It was one of the happiest times in my life. Since that day over 20 years ago I have never regretted my decision to join the Mormon church. The three best decisions I have ever made were to be baptized, serve a mission, and be sealed to my husband in the temple of the Lord. My life has truly be guided as I have sought the direction of the Holy Ghost and followed where it leads. As I serve others in the church I feel a sense of love and peace that I am contributing to the Lord's work here on earth. This is His gospel and His church. I will forever be grateful to be a part of it.

How I live my faith

I work at a local middle school and help teenagers who may be having trouble with their grades. I also plan and organize group youth activities for the young women in my neighborhood. Being together with the youth group reminds me that friends can become like family. We have so much fun. I am reminded so often that good friends don't make you do things that are uncomfortable.