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Hi I'm Julie

My mom is a full Swede and I sunburn very easily. I love languages, reading, nature, pickleball and serving others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of a son and three daughters who are all now better prepared for life and more accomplished than I - which doesn't diminish me, just makes me proud and happy! I was anxious to become an empty nester, and now, of course, I miss having the kids close by terribly! But I love being a grandma, I love to read, to travel and to play sports and do volunteer work. I have a deep and abiding interest in humanitarian work. What I'd really like to do is go to India or Bulgaria or wherever the need is greatest and work directly with the orphans or those in hospice, but that is not realistic for me right now. I love music and dancing and generally learning about the world around me. I have been tempted to go back to college - not for an advanced degree, but just to study about other cultures- their music, history, art and literature.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in San Francisco in a wonderful family of three children with no religious background. My mother was a very spiritual person and my father, an atheist. All my life I was haunted by the questions, "Why am I here? What is my purpose on earth? and What happens to me after I die?" I read everything I could get a hold of about different religions and attended a few churches before high school for a year or two each. I did experience a lot of comfort there and good feelings generally, but was not motivated to continue. These organizations were doing their best to give us Christ's teachings, yet lacked the power and spirit that I sought. When at age 17, I finally was led to investigate the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, first of all, I was intrigued by the very name! I listened to a cassette tape made by Floyd Weston called "The 17 Points of the True Church" and sure enough, doctrine by doctrine, the LDS Church matched the church established by Christ so long ago among the Israelites -or saints of the former days. When the missionaries bore their testimonies of the fact that the Lord had in very truth restored His gospel and bestowed His authority on a humble, religious youth named Joseph Smith and that we had a living prophet and twelve apostles on earth today, my spirit leaped and how I hoped it was true! I joined the church because the Holy Ghost answered in powerful ways my heartfelt prayers to know if the Book of Mormon was a true record and Joseph Smith, a true prophet. After months of study, pondering and prayer I had my answer and could not wait to become baptized and go to the Temple to make binding covenants with the Lord! I have continued in the faith for over 35 years because I feel I have come "home". Here, all my most important questions are answered and the gospel brings me such joy and peace, teaching me who I really am and the most direct path back to my Father and my heavenly home.

How I live my faith

In a sentence, I try to be others-centered and to squash the "natural man". Each day I feel it is very important to strengthen my relationship with my Heavenly Father by addressing Him in prayer. I ask earnestly to know who He would want me to talk to that day and to know how I can help those who may need burdens lifted. I feel that one of the most important things we have to do on earth is to strengthen others and to smooth the path for those around us. I seek opportunities to listen, to encourage, and to serve - friends and strangers alike. One day a week I serve at the Temple, where I try to sink my roots deeper in the faith and solidify my connections with God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ.