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Hi I'm Judy.

I'm divorced. I'm still raising two children. I just graduated from college. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I don't think of myself as a typical member of the Church. Instead, I think that I am a typical example of a person who has struggled with temptation and who has made both good and not-so-good choices. Who I am is not only a reflection of those choices, but is also a reflection of the miracle of forgiveness and the richness of Heavenly Father's blessings upon His children. Above all, I am a child of God.

Why I am a Mormon

While I have been a member of the Church all my life, my immediate family didn't often attend. My faith began with the example of my wonderful grandparents. They adored me (as grandparents often do) and wanted me to be happy, so taught me the gospel. As I struggled to find my way through life as a teen, I found myself returning to the gospel. I realized that I was living on "borrowed" faith and decided that I needed to find for myself if the Church was true. I began to study the Book of Mormon, and to pray asking to know if it was true. Eventually I received a witness from the Spirit that the Book of Mormon and the Church is true. I can't say that I've always lived up to that knowledge. I've made choices in my life that distanced me from my faith. Yet, I've always returned there, and as I continue to hold fast to that faith I've experienced the joy of forgiveness and the richness of Heavenly Father's blessings to those who repent and choose to obey the commandments. I have a deep and abiding testimony of the truthfulness of the Church. I believe that Joseph Smith, Jr. was called by God to restore the gospel to the earth. I know that repentance and forgiveness are true principles. I can see His hand in my life, and I am eternally grateful for His love and His guidance. In the New Testament we read "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son" (John 3:16). This gift was for the world, and for each person in that world. I am humbled to think of the magnitude of this gift given for me. Jesus Christ is my Savior and my Redeemer. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's restored church. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through little things. I try to study the scriptures daily, pray, attend my church meetings, and give service to others where I can. I try to be an example to my children and others. I love to do temple work, and attend the temple as often as I can. I try to be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. One such prompting resulted in me quitting my job, moving my family to another state, and enrolling as a full-time student in a university. This wasn't easy, but following that prompting has led to many blessings in my life and in the lives of my children. I always try to do my best when asked to serve in leadership or teaching positions in the Church, and have taught and led for many years in the children's auxiliary. Most of all, I try to live the commandments. I try to follow the example of the Savior.