In the summer of 1886, Mormon missionaries came to Julia's house and sat up late discussing the doctrines of the gospel with her father. Julia felt impressed that the Elders 'were true followers of Christ' and that the doctrines they taught 'were from God.' The Elders visited her family frequently through that summer and fall. In June of 1888 her family moved from their home in Alabama to Mannassa, Colorado. Julia was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday morning August 19, 1888 by Elder Will H. Coray. That same afternoon she was married in the church to Will H. Coray whom she had met three weeks before. Will took Julia to his house in Richfield, where they lived until April of 1889 when they moved to Sanford, Colorado. After their move, Will and Julia took a trip to Utah. Julia received her endowment in the Manti Temple and served as a proxy for her sister Caroline who had died without knowing of the gospel. They also visited Will's relatives in Provo, Ogden, and Salt Lake City. In Salt Lake City they attended conference in the tabernacle and visited the Salt Lake Temple. After they settled in Sanford, Julia tried teaching school but decided that she was not intended to be a teacher. Instead, she started working in the Sanford Coop. Store. Her husband was called to serve a mission in Australia and left December 31, 1896.
Julia A. Coray's diary is part of a larger collection of Frank Homer Roberts' diaries from 1909'1944. Julia's diary is written in pencil in a small ledger book. The pages are not numbered, and she writes through the book on one side of the page and then turns the book over and uses the other side. Her handwriting is difficult to read. The diary entries run from September 23, 1897 to May 19, 1898; however, Julia spends the first portion of the journal recording earlier events: her conversion and marriage, their move to Richfield and later to Sanford, a trip to the Manti Temple to receive her endowment, the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple, her struggle with small pox, and her husband's departure on a mission to Australia. Some of these events are recorded out of chronological order, and she marks these portions with an asterisk. Beginning with the September 24 entry, Julia records the events of the current day. The entries are short and similar in format. She talks about her work in the store, the weather, the people she met that day, when she took her supper, and what time she retired to bed. She often mentions working with the Primary, attending Sunday school and choir, and hearing of weddings and deaths.