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Hi I'm Judy Stoeltzing

I am a 70 year old teacher who loves her family and this free land of Liberty. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland from 3 on. I loved going to Summer Camp in Virginia from ages 8-18. I was (am still) a tomboy! My dad was a newspaper man and a lobbyist. Mom was a homemaker. I went to Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia where my husband, Dick, and I met. We married in 1962. Dick was on the Uss Enterprise blockading Cuban during the Cuban Crisis until four days before our wedding! Soon after, he left for a seven month cruise in the Mediteranean Sea. After a long four months, I few to Europe and followed the Big E from Lisbon to Lebanon. It was an amazing adventure/honeymoon! We took shore duty in Santa Clara, CA in 1964 where our two sons were born. We've lived in Sacramento, CA for 38 years.

Why I am a Mormon

Thanks to the BLESSING of cancer we are Latter-day Saints. We lived in Santa Clara, CA. Dick was a Naval Reservest starting his career in Life Insurance. The doctor at Stanford Hospital told us he would probably die. When our pastor came to visit, Dick begged to know what was next. Our minister said, "I don't know for sure, but I think..." Dick did recover & began seeking to know for himself. One day in Bay Area rush hour traffic Dick saw a beautiful building in the Oakland hills. He loves history. A sweet lady greeted him at the LDS Church's Visitors Center & invited him to watch a movie: "Man's Search for Happiness". It spoke of everything Dick had always felt but never had heard taught. He asked to see it again then signed the guest book and left. Soon after, missionaries contacted him. I was invited to attend but declined. Dick's cancer had awakened my desire to become more active in our church. I felt no need to change. Dick listened but kept attending our church. We had two wonderful little boys. Life was full. I was a smoker. I hated the habit but felt too weak to quit. One day Dick asked if I wanted to be a "healthy grandma." I did. He pointed to my folks poor health. I threw my cigarettes away on Father's Day 1969. I was 27. Soon another set of Missionaries invited us to hear the discussions. I said, "OK." They told me that they couldn't "prove" that what they said was true. BUT if I would ask Heavenly Father in prayer, He would let me know. My prayers to that point had been auto-pilot types. I knelt by my bed & prayed as I never had before. My heart filled to overflowing with His love. I went into the living room & told Dick, "I'm going to join this Chruch!" As I look back, I see Heavenly Father's hand throughout our lives leading us to find the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our sons have grown straight & true &, with their wives, are raising their children to love & serve the Lord. I write this 42 yrs. later. We are so blessed.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is truly a way of life. The best on earth that I have found. When I was baptized, what had been my ceiling of expectations became my floor. There is no end to what I can accomplish with Heavenly Father's guidance! Because of Dick's cancer, we were unable to have more children. As an only child, I was very sad about this. BUT I have become a teacher of all ages both in community schools and the Church. I realized that I have a "gift" for loving other people's children. And I've learned that to teach correct principles you must be a good example. This has helped me to try to keep my life in line with Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness for all His children. "Service Is The Rent We Pay For The Space We Occupy" was my father-in-law's creed. It is a perfect fit for my faith. I never have to retire! There is so much to do with the rest of my life in service others. My selfishness is melting away. I'm a blessed lady!