Hi I'm Judy
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.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
Mormons are greatly interested in finding their ancestors because we believe that families are eternal. That through the saving ordinances in the Holy Temple we can some day live with all of our families throughout eternity. It is probably the most important aspect of this church that I embrace without equivocation. You see, my mother had died before I joined this church. Imagine my joy in learning that I not only would see my mother again, but that I could live with her, and that she would get to be with the grandchildren she never got to see on this earth. I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for the Plan of Salvation. 2 Nephi 2:25 ".....and men are that they may have joy."
Think about your everyday activities. What are things you act upon each day where you cannot see the end results? How does faith move you to action?
For me Family History is a major part of who I am and what I do. I teach, research, train, direct, speak, and spend many hours researching my own personal family history. I spend the better part of my week, helping others find their ancestors as well as train other family history workers to help the general public learn about and seek out their own ancestors. I find the work very rewarding. But I don't always see the end results, but faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ, makes me continue to help those who are searching the best I can. I believe that what I do is important in God's eyes and so I keep going knowing that even if I don't see the end results, He does.
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.