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Hi I'm Judy

I grew up in Nambour, Brisbane and Darwin. I am an author, teacher, ecologist, researcher and historian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I have had a fairly diverse life. I have worked as an analytical chemist, ecologist, medical technician and teacher. I am currently teaching mthematics and science in high school. I love gardening, walking on the beach and fishing. I have always been involved with sports; from fencing, squash, softball, volleyball to athelics. These days I go to the gym regulalry and swim to keep fit. I have a huge garden and right now I am putting in a water feature, inlcuding a water fall. I enjoy doing Family History and have organized family reunions which have been a greatd eal of fun. For 25 years I have been involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Award program and love seeing how young people grow as they develop their skills, volunteer work, being physically fit and having adventurous journeys. Hiking and canoeing create wonderful memories. I still go on an annual canoe trip with teenagers. That is how I got started by canoeing down the Daly River in the Northen Territory. Unbelievable - crocodiles and all! When I have spare time I write history books. I am currently working on two. One is on a forgotten fellow in early American history of the 18th century, Harry Gordon, and the other on a lady who lived over 2000 years ago, Sariah. When I can, I travel. My last trip was to Oman - fabulous. My family is important to me. Since I never married I spend a great deal of time with nieces and nephews. We hike, fly kites, blow bubbles, play board games, go fishing and laugh a lot.

Why I am a Mormon

I was always a religously inclined person by nature. I cannot remember when I did not attend church. I loved the old testament stories of the prophets. I could not understand why there were no prophets today since they existed for thousands of years. When the missionaries told me there were living prophets, I listened carefuly to what they had to say. To discover that not only were there prohpets but that the heavens were again open and God and his son Jesus Christ had returned to the earth to restore the gospel as it had once been was a thrill. I prayed and asked as the scriptures tell us to do and knew without doubt that indeed the gospel was restored. I learned that God speaks to all his children. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ as he visited the people of the Americas who recorded Gods dealings with them. Prophets today have that same access to the heavens to receive revelations and then counsel us on how we need to live today. This has been continous since Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees to ask which church he shouls join. The Church of Jesus Christ of LatteDay Saints was the result and today THomas S Monson is the current living prophet. I know that Jesus is the Christ. I know that the Book of Mormon, along with the bible, is the word of God. I know that by living according to gospel principles helps me live a full life. For instance becasue I follow what I have been taught I live á healhy life style, abstaining from tobaaco, tea and coffee and the numerous drugs availbale for social reasons. On the other hand I eat healthy foods and as much as possible eat from my garden and property. So many time it has proven helpful. When sickness strikes, the body is fit enough to cope. BY attending church regulalry and keeping the Sabbath Day Holy, I know my week is more balanced. I am reminded each Sunday of the purpose for life and continually renew my committment to the Lord. This keeps me on that vstraight and narrow path.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by donating a minimum of five hours a week to a Family History Centre where I help patrons discover their family roots.  Through the years when necessary I have trained others on how to do family history and how to use the computers to help them. As part of the Women's Organization of the church we have filled many new emergency packs as numbers were depleted in the recent floods in Queensland. I donate 10-15 hours a week for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. This is very satisfying to assist young people in our community to grow and develop good habits. Currently there are 200 involved at our school of 1000. I teach religion to adults. This year it is on Church History. Other years I teach Old Testiment, New Testament and Book of Mornon. I enjoy doing this. We meet for two hours a week for quite stimulating sessions.