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Hi I'm Julie and my husband is Ott.

I am an English teacher, and my husband of 26 years and I are ex-Marines. We have two children and two cats, and we're Mormons.

About Me

I'm a middle-aged woman, married for 26 years. My younger son tells me I'm a typical "empty-nester," since I call him and his older brother every 2 to 3 weeks to make sure they are ok. I'm a high school English teacher, with 19 years of experience. I love working with students, not only helping them learn the basics of reading and writing, but guiding them into learning attitudes and habits that will help them succeed in life. My career choice is a direct expression of my values. I believe that we should do our best to help others-to improve the world around us. I feel that through my work in the classroom, I help build a stronger generation that will lead to a better future. Ott was a mechanic for 15 years after spending 13 years in the Marines. Currently, he is renovating our house, one room at a time, creating a wonderful place for us to live now that our children have moved on. He was baptized in the church as an 8 year old in Thailand, his native country. When he isn't involved in renovations, he spends time at the gym and watching shows on military history and science.

Why I am a Mormon

Neither one of us were born into the church.My husband became a member as a young boy in Thailand. He liked the missionaries because he saw them help people in his village. Both he and his mother were baptized. I am Jewish by birth, but going to services never brought me the peace of spirit that I craved. When my husband was diagnosed with cancer, he was given a prognosis of one to two years. The subsequent cycles of chemotherapy and radiation left him physically drained and very depressed. I had tried to get him to go back to church, but he never got around to going. One day, the young men, the missionaries, knocked on our door. After talking to them for over an hour, We made the decision to go to church together. Through attending services with my husband and listening to the teachings of the scripture, I realized that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the spiritual home I had been searching for. Six months after beginning my exploration, I was baptized, and now together, we continue to grow stronger in our faith.

How I live my faith

My husband was overjoyed when I asked to be baptized. We get up in every morning to study scripture and pray together before I leave for work, and at night, we have a second session of study and prayer before going to sleep. While we have always had a loving, close relationship, we have grown even closer. We attend church every Sunday, along with Scripture Study on Wednesday night. We were just assigned our first position of responsibility -- we will organize the church library and help teachers prepare materials for their classes each week, as well as making sure that the library stays well-stocked with books, paper, and other material. Even though we are still fighting cancer, my husband's mood is much better. He is very positive and looks forward to every day. Our faith gives us the strength to continue through this trial, and we know that we are not alone. Jesus walks with us every moment, giving us hope for our future.