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Hi I'm Judy

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Massachusetts and live in Florida. I love family history and helping people with theirs.

About Me

I am the mother of two adult children, one daughter, one son. I have been married nearly forty years, and my husband and I love to go to the temple as often as time permits. I am retired from my business of accounting and tax preparation. I am a family history consultant in my ward and stake and have gained nearly twenty-five years of experience in helping others to research their ancestral families. I am the proud mother of a returned missionary who served with honor in Recife Brazil.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when my then twelve year old daughter came home from youth activities with a mormon friend and declared she wanted to get baptized. In my efforts to help my daughter find out more about the church I found the church I had been searching for. I have been a member now for twenty-two years and I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for guiding me down this path. Through the years, I have not only seen my testimony grow in the Lord, but I have seen many members of my family come to know the Lord as well. I am most grateful to the Lord for allowing me to learn as much about family history as I have so that I could find so many of our ancestral kin, and getting to know them has been such a blessing in our lives. I love this gospel and know that I am a child of Heavely Father and that he loves me, personally. I cherish the relationship I have with my Lord, Jesus Christ and know that I have found the true church, His church, as it was when he started it back in the New Testament of the Bible. I love that we have a living prophet, even Thomas S. Monson, on this earth today, and testify that he is a true prophet of God. I know that he and his counselors are guided by the Holy Ghost in doing the work of the Lord, Jesus Christ. I testify of all this in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

I serve the Lord not only in the family history callings I have, but also as a mentor, friend, and sister. I love helping others, and I not only get to enjoy meeting many different people from different backgrounds, but I also get to help the missionaries that serve in our area, with meals and rides to various meetings and appointments. I also get to have the opportunity to meet women of all ages, lifestyles and backgrounds when I do my visiting teaching, with my companion. I truly enjoy the time I get to visit with these blessed sisters. My calling in family history brings me in contact with those who are new to the church, as I help them find their ancestral family members. I get to witness the joy of finding ones lost ancestor, it is much like the joy that a parent feels when a child returns home after being away a long time. I know that families are meant to be together forever and it gives me such great joy to be able to help people find their own family members that have lived before them.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is different from the Bible only in the sense that it is another testiment of the Lord Jesus Christ and His dealings with people in the new world. For in John 10:16 it says, "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." I found great comfort in finding answers in the Book of Mormon to questions that I had from the New Testament in the Bible. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

When the missionaries visited my home for the first time they asked me what my viewpoint on God and Jesus Christ was. They listened to my concerns about joining their particular church. They helped me to find scriptures in my Bible that helped to answer some of the questions that I had and they gave me a Book of Mormon that had been highlighted with passages about the Lord Jesus Christ so that I could read at my own pace and learn about Him further. They challenged me to learn the truth for myself by asking God, in faith, and to believe that he would answer my sincere prayers. They testified of the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

I taught my children that modesty, language and chasity are all part of our bodies that are sacred creations given to us by a loving Heavenly Father, in his image. That to show respect for this incredible gift we reserve intimacy for marriage between a man and a woman. We do this by covering our bodies appropriately in clothing and use language that is always uplifting to our spirits. Parents teach this best when they show respect for their bodies in this way, and their children can see how this qualifies them to have the benefits of having the Holy Ghost with them. Show more Show less