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Hi I'm Judy

and some of my favorite things are road trips, homemade ice cream, classical music, being a grandma, and being a Mormon!

About Me

Growing up in the nation's capital, I loved the road trips we took to many of our country's historical sites. It was in high school I discovered I loved teaching, so after graduating from college, I taught junior high math for a year. I married my husband 41 years ago and we have eight wonderful children, and 17 super grandchildren. We have lived in Texas, Montreal, Indiana, and for the last 19 years in Colorado. When our youngest started first grade, I went back to work in education, teaching reading and math skills to struggling students. After 18 years, I recently retired to be a full-time grandma. Now I don't know how I ever had time to work! Three of our children (but only 3 of our grandchildren) live close by. The others are scattered. One of our daughters just moved with her little family clear to Alaska! We'll be taking a trip there soon!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy! Happiness comes from knowing that I lived in heaven before this life, that I chose to be born, and that I have a work to do during my life. As I discover and develop the talents God gave me, and use them to serve, I begin to see what my work here on earth is, and that makes me happy, even when life gets hard. I was blessed to grow up in the Church. My ancestors in England, Scotland, Germany and Denmark, on both of my parents' sides, were taught in the 1840's and 1850's about the restoration of Christ's church. They were baptized and eventually emigrated to the U.S. and crossed the plains to Utah. I am so glad they had the courage to accept truth when they heard it. I have never doubted the things I have been taught. It has always felt right and good and true! I know Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. It seems unbelievable, and too good to be true, but it IS true. Knowing and feeling this as I do, how could I not be a Mormon! It's not easy, but it's always worth it!

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is definitely not just something I do on Sundays, but Sundays are important, and it is a priority in our family to keep that day holy. We go to church for 3 hours, have Sunday dinner with a cloth and nice plates on the table, and we don't go to the store, or restaurants, sports events, or other places of entertainment on Sundays. We have received many blessings of peace and protection that God gives His children who honor His holy day. Being a Mormon is a way of life all week long. My beliefs govern what I eat and don't eat, what I wear, how I prioritize and use my time, and how I choose to feel -- HAPPY! One of the things I learned a few years ago as I watched someone close to me admit serious mistakes, pay the price and return to the path, is how to really forgive and love someone unconditionally, as our Savior loves all of us. And how to better repent myself, and utilize Christ's Atonement for me! Life's trials can be blessings in disguise. I know Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for me, and that I can be changed by His grace. Being a Mormon also means I have a calling in the Church. I have loved teaching the young children and the young women. Right now I serve as president of the women's organization in our ward. There are about 20 other sisters who serve with me as we watch over 130 sisters and their families. In the near future, my husband and I hope to serve as couple missionaries.