Hi I'm Trese Judd
Raised Catholic and got a great foundation of learning about God. Joined the church in 1972, when my brother was dying of cancer and I wanted to know where he was going to go when he died. The missionaries came to our door, for my husband and I , and began to teach us. We both joined the church. They called us Golden Contacts because when hearing the gospel we were ready to be baptized right away.
Why I am a Mormon
I love that there are two witnesses in everything.....The Bible of one Hemisphere and the Book of Mormon of another Hemisphere. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, bears His name and Is the same Church that Jesus organized upon the earth.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
I love this question because I had an experience where I actually felt the Holy Ghost comfort me. To make a long story short, I was crying out in prayer for help from God, when I literally felt as if I was being comforted......the same feeling of when you are calm and resting your head on a parents shoulder......I felt the comforter comforting ......when there was no one else. I knew the Lord heard my prayers and answered them by letting me know I was not alone.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
When you are taught the Plan of Salvation, also called the Plan of Happiness, you become more aware of why you are here and what you must do to get back to your heavenly Father. It puts your life in perspective .
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
The Savior's teaching of being a light unto the world has influenced me more than any other. I often wonder if others look at my actions and can see some reflection of the Savior. I try to live with that in mind. I know I fail often, but love the chance to repent and try try try over and over until we can be a little closer to the way Jesus lived his life.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
I am not very good about talking up my religion....it is a fine line because you do not want to be over bearing, and yet respectful of their religion etc., but for the most part I try to live my religion and hope that they see how Mormons live their life.........hoping to show a light that they may want to follow by my example. I am not afraid to talk about my religion; it is actually my favorite subject.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
I know that we were told by the Prophet a couple of years ago to read the book of Mormon. My daughter, age 12 at the time, decided we would read it together a little each day. We read the whole thing. As these years have passed, we have met some hard times and came to realize that doing what the prophet asked at the time , has allowed us some stored up blessings. ....This past year, have had to rely on lots of prayer to get us through some hard times......almost miracles taking place and I truly believe it has been the stored up blessings from reading the Book of Mormon has gotten us through these hard times.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
I have used my talent of painting on many occassions for the church....in mural work, props ,gifts,etc. .................We are suppose to dedicate our time and our talents to the church.
Could you talk about your baptism?
I was baptized after hearing the lessons from the missionaries ......married 2 years, and at age 21. The actual experience left me with a feeling of warmth and newness.......starting a new life in the gospel.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
The Lord has told us to go and teach all nations. This is what the missionaries do. I love that the missionaries are in countries that at one time were not even allowed to have any one come in and teach the gospel.. Languages are learned and they go out and teach the gospel to every person willing and able to hear. When you love the gospel you wan to share it.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
Working on the developing harmony in the home. After 42 years of marriage we seem to be more on the same page....It took a lot of work to get here though. We have a great respect for each other, are comfortable with each other and love our children. We are working on getting us on the same page as far as spirituality and making progress with each day.
Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?
Sometimes I have felt like I am in this thing alone. Along the way......others think you are to religious...and can not understand things like choosing not to see a R . rated movie, or choose not to drink at a party, or wonder why you choose to dress modestly. Having standards that the world does not have, sets me apart and makes me grateful for a church that does not compromise its principles for the world to be pleased. We do these things because we want to please the Lord more than the world.
What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?
Harmony is our home has been open communication. Our children have been encouraged to be able to discuss everything with us so we can all figure things out together. It has brought us close.............but relationships are hard, so we are always working on it to remain close.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by exercising it. By going to church, trying to live the gospel, I am living it by faith and trusting Gods words/