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Hi I'm Judson

I'm a Poetry/Creative Writing student at Arizona State. I train in Parkour. I love playing baseball. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student at Arizona State studying Creative Writing and Poetry. I love reading and writing poetry and short stories. I am a firm believer in the power of words; that words can change a person's life for better or for worse. I'm the president of ASU's Parkour team and have been training in Parkour for a little over a year. I also play baseball and softball in a local city league.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Jehovah's Witness and when I was young I had a very strong love for God. That love was shaken when I was ten years old. My mother died in a car accident. I didn't understand why someone of such love and beauty could be forsaken like I thought she was. I eventually blamed God for her death and for the sadness and loneliness that followed. For most of my life, I was Agnostic. Even though I was angry with God, I continued to search for the truth. I took philosophy and religion classes when I started college in search for some idea that I could hold onto. I was lost for many years, bouncing from one theory to the next thinking that, eventually, I would find the truth. It wasn't until my senior year (my first senior year) of college that I realized that if you love truth, you love God. I made a friend in a class who invited me to learn more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was told to go to youtube and search "Mormon Messages". The first video I watched was of a talk by President Uchtdorf talking about trials in life and why we go through them. Naturally, my mother came to mind. But, this time, what I felt wasn't loneliness or sorrow so much as hope and comfort. I knew that what this man (Pres. Uchtdorf) was saying was inspired of God. I felt, for the first time since I can remember, the love of my Heavenly Father. After that, I started taking lessons from the missionaries and was baptized on January 8, 2011. It has been the most challenging and without a doubt the most rewarding experience I have ever had. I'm still working on finishing the entire Book of Mormon, but I know that what I have read is truth. What I have read are the words of my Heavenly Father. I know that I will see my mother again, and for that I will be eternally grateful. (P.S. I am now engaged to that friend I mentioned earlier).

How I live my faith

My calling in my ward has been very fulfilling. I am a ward Missionary. I love sharing my experience with people who are interested in learning more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hometeaching is probably one of my favorite ward callings. As a hometeacher, I have the opportunity to meet with members of my ward every month and share a message of the gospel that has influenced me in some positive way. I often find that I feel that I get more out of the experience than those whom I am hometeaching. But, hopefully I leave a positive impression on them as well.

Are Mormons Christians?

Without a doubt, Mormons are Christians. One online dictionary defines the word "Christian" as, and I quote, "One who believes, or professes or is assumed to believe, in Jesus Christ, and the truth as taught by Him; especially, one whose inward and outward life is conformed to the doctrines of Christ." The scriptures of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints profess and testify of Jesus the Christ. The Book of Mormon has inscribed on the cover the words "Another testament of Jesus Christ". That being said, Mormons, just like members of any other religion that teaches of Christ are, indeed, Christians. Show more Show less