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Hi I'm Judd

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a professor of communications at a wonderful little private college n the midwest. I am a lifelong student of religion and philosophy and I sometimes speak at interfaith events. I play guitar in a faculty rock band, have been known to play in the occasional chess tournament, and love to meditate on the big questions in life. My wife and I are both pro-life Democrats who participate in community service projects.

Why I am a Mormon

WIlliam James described people like me when he taught that, for some, faith in the divine is a "genuine option." For me, faith and reason work like two pedals of a bicycle; they are in a productive opposition that pushes me forward in a quest for truth. They keep me asking questions and lead me to both spiritual and intellectual growth. My quest has been warmly welcomed in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have a strong, spiritual witness of God the Father, his Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. I feel the power of God in my life as I show love for my family, my neighbors--for everyone, really.   On the wall of my living room are the words of an ancient prayer. Those words capture what I, and my family, are about: From the cowardice that shrinks from new truth, From the laziness that is content with half truths, From the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth, O, God of Truth, deliver us

How I live my faith

I speak at a number of interfaith events every year, and am grateful to have a diverse group of friends with whom I discuss faith, God, science, and what it means to be a good person. In my LDS congregation, I oversee the Sunday School. This means I try to improve the teaching and learning in the congregation. I try to help both teachers and students grow in their testimonies of Jesus Christ.