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Hi I'm Judy

I am a "Hippie Farmer" who lives in beautiful North Idaho. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love chickens! LOL And organic farming, and animals, and sports, and public speaking, and reading, and writing-especially gratitude, and ringtones, and my 12 step recovery program, and spiritual growth, and laughter, and serving, and herbal tea, and I LOVE BEING A MORMON! I am a single mother of 2 teenage daughters (this has not been easy). I am a grandma at 41. He's so cute that boy! I am just going to finish my AS in general studies in the spring semester. I have recently moved from my farm and hope to serve a mission in the summer.

Why I am a Mormon

I was cruising along in life, really seeking a deeper spiritual path, and my back was hurt and I could not split my firewood (remember I am a hippie farmer!). I love splitting wood. I treassure my independance. A friend of mine kept asking do you know of anyone that needs help? Do you need any help? So she put me in contact with the missionaries of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Do you know these missionaries are willing to come do service of almost any kind. These 19ish year old boys go out into the unwelcoming world and give 2 years of their life-it is truly amazing! They inspire me. So, when they came with their work gloves they also had a message that I was open to hearing. I had been praying and searching. During one of the lessons the Holy Spirit came with such a strong presence it was tangible. They asked me to pray outloud and ask Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon was true. I will never forget this experience. It took me a little longer to commit to baptisim. I didn't want to enter this lightly. I knew it was the most important decision of my life. But when that descision to be baptized settled into my heart, it was unmistakable and sure. It was an amazing experience. The confirmation is the laying on of hand from men holding a special blessing called the priesthood-they pass (give) the gift of the Holy Ghost. Now, I have experienced the Holy Spirit before in my life, you know that small still voice of warning or confirmation, or a strong feeling of unspeakable joy, or penetrating peace. But after this gift given to me, it was so profound and now 20 months later, I have expereinced it profoundly daily when I am open and seeking it. Wowza!

How I live my faith

The organization of the church is profoundly amazing. I didn't just get baptized and left to fend for myself. I was lovingly taken under the wings of dedicated members. I was given visiting teachers-women that come visit me once a month. They care. They ask if I have any needs. I was given home teachers. They visit me once a month. They care. They ask me if I have needs. I was given an assignment and compainion to go visit other women once a month. I care. I ask if they have any needs. I was given a calling of ward missionary. I visit active and less active members. I help the full time missionaries. I was also given a calling of Stake Singles Representative. I help ward single representatives organize a schedule of activities. I go visisting singles in the area. I care. I ask if they have any needs. I go to leadership meetings with a bunch of wonderful dudes in suits and observe the outstanding care that these amazing Mormons have for people. All people, not just members of the church. One of my favorite aspects of this church is that one of the statements of the fundamental beliefs (Article of Faith 11) "We claim the privelege of believing in Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscoius and allow all other men to do the same" Amazing!! I have never once heard bashing of another religion. I also love that the members teach. It is not one person preaching each week. The church is based on service, and people don't get paid to do what they do, not even the Bishop! Members rotate cleaning their church building. My absolute favorite thing about being a Mormon is the Gift of the Holy Ghost in my life. This constant compainion has brought me peace and joy beyond description, and hey, who couldn't use that. I LOVE BEING A MORMON!! :)

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Judy
I hear a lot about women in the church not being treated fairly. This has not been my experience at all. Women hold leadership positions, teach, and are very well loved. I see an equality in the church I have not seen in many places. This church is truly amazing. Show more Show less