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Hi I'm Judy

I live and love my life in Africa. I'm a Latter-day Saint - a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 40 years. We have raised 4 children who are themselves all married. We have twelve grandchildren ranging in age from teenage to todler. I am fascinated with people and how they "tick" - or don't... I have spent my life learning and teaching how to live Meaningfully and Peacefully every day - no matter what is going on with others around me. I am satisfied that following Jesus Christ is the key to this Peace and Meaning.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Latter-day Saint because I choose every day to be. I have been around Latter-day Saints since I was 5 years old when my parents joined the church. During my growing-up years our Branch was rudimentary, and precious to me. I learnt a lot about a lot from the people I shared my years and years of Worship with - I still do! Every week I learn something more! I deeply read and ponder the scriptures every day. I pray every day. I serve others every day. As I understand, this is how Jesus Christ lived His life. This is how I want to spend my days here on the earth - being like Him, doing the things He did. I love this Gospel of faith in Jesus Christ, hope for now and forever, and charity for all inside and outside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love the inspiring and hopeful Doctrines of the Church. I still have lots to learn... and there is much that I have been able to learn already - week by week. I treasure my opportunities to live my life with many like-minded and like-hearted people.

How I live my faith

The scriptures are very precious to me - I feel peaceful and abundant when I read them. I feel like they have layers and layers of significant information so that I can become happier and happier in soul-level ways. My one assignment at present in my congregation is to teach our youth aged 14 to 18 the scriptures in depth. We are studying the Book of Mormon this year. We studied the New Testament last year. Music is also very important to me. My other congregation assignment for now is to choose the hymns we sing in our worship service. I also conduct the singing of the hymns for our congregation. I love that I can make my little contribution and that with each other person's meaningful little "bit" we make a mighty contribution to each other as we journey together through this life. Each month I am privileged to go with one of my women fellow-worshippers to visit and share a brief Gospel Message in the homes of two of the ladies in our congregation. I value this opportunity and responsibility. We are all learning and growing together. We want to be more Christ-like - do more of the things He did in the way we believe He might have done it. Professionally I am a part-time individual, family and marriage enrichment facilitator and I get to help people in my community and congregation live more creatively and effectively. I enjoy what I do.

What is faith?

Faith is not to know... yet. I feel peaceful with the faith I have in heavenly things I don't know yet. I have faith in God the Eternal Father. I have faith in Jesus Christ and His promises. I have faith in the Holy Ghost -that He will communicate with me daily as I am still (quiet and peaceful) enough to hear Him. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

A journey of discovery. I learn something more every week. I also learn about my fellow travellers as we journey together along our path which promises "the Peace that Passes All Understanding" I learn that some mean what they say, some don't. Me too. All in all, they're the best group of people I know. I have met people I never would have otherwise - older and younger, different languages, cultures and traditions, from highly educated to illiterate - A fascinating and enriching experience! I want to be like some of them. They feel Christ-like to me. Occasionally a person feels to me like a wolf in sheep's clothing. I don't want to be like them. The scriptures warn of such in the latter-days. I am learning to discern right and wrong, truth and error, and to make a righteous difference in my own way in the places I am privileged to be. I am learning how to be filled with the Spirit of the Lord for more of my time each day. Most of my fellow-travellers are truly charitable people - I like to be with them every opportunity we have to Worship, Serve and Learn together. Show more Show less