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Hi I'm Joel Judkins

I'm a learner, a teacher and a doer. I'm never bored. And I'm a mormon.

About Me

I've been married for over 20 years to an amazing woman. We have five children, the oldest is a missionary and the youngest was recently baptized. I love my family. I teach communication classes—mostly web design, visual communication and Interpersonal communication. My students are incredible at meeting life's challenges (and my classes) with courage and faith. They don't all love me or my methods, but I love my students, and I love my job. I love hearing (and feeling) God's word, especially when sung in hymns of faith.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ. I believe He is my Savior. I believe God is a loving father who wants us to live with Him. He has restored truth and authority at this time in earth's history so that we can be a part of His work—which is to bring people to his kingdom. In the process of showing my love for God and serving others, my selfish/sinful nature changes. It's a miraculous process. I believe that through the grace of Jesus Christ, I can do and even BE everything God wants me to be.

How I live my faith

I love my family and believe we can be together after this life ends. Right now I live my faith by supporting my sons on missions. I miss them, but they are having the experience of a lifetime and helping people come to Christ.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Joel Judkins
I think families are important to everyone. I'm no different than you. My family has its issues. Sometimes we quarrel and cause each other grief. But we love each other. I notice that there is a gaping hole in the fabric of my life when any member of my family is absent. I can't imagine that a God who loves us would sever our family relationships. Marriage until 'death-do-you-part' is not His plan. Heaven without my family wouldn't be heaven. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Joel Judkins
I married a person who is very tidy. If I work in the garden and my shoes are muddy, I have to clean them off or leave them outside before I come in. Some people might accuse my wife of forbidding me to enter my own home. But I'm not forbidden. I'm invited to have clean shoes before entering out of respect for my wife. No one is forbidden. I see the temple as God's house. It is a holy place. He invites me to enter, but asks that I not bring anything in that would disrespect or soil it. I am not perfect, but I try to live worthy of entering the temple. All mormons who take off their 'muddy shoes' are allowed into the temple. There is nothing secret about what happens inside the temple. Sacred is different than secret. When I pray, I don't post my prayers on Facebook. They are not secret, they are sacred. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Joel Judkins
I'm a Christian. I love and follow Jesus Christ. He is my Savior. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Joel Judkins
My primary role as a husband is to love God. I love Him by studying and applying His word. I have found that as my relationship with Him is strengthened, my relationship with my wife is also strengthened. God's word teaches me how to love my wife. And more than anything else, my children need me to love my wife. Show more Show less