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Hi I'm Judy

I'm a musician, a mom, a piano tuner, and a grandmother. I was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was a little girl, my parents found a fun parlor trick I could do for their Friday night game night with friends. They would have me face a corner of the room, and would play notes on the piano and have me name them. Ultimately, that started a lifetime of music in the form of singing, playing string instruments, tuning pianos, directing choirs, and generally loving and enjoying a world of good music. I married a man with very similar musical abilities, and we are the parents of 5 children, and currently, 8 grandchildren. They are all super kids, but I've got to say, being a grandparent is the cat's meow. I also enjoy volleyball, quilting, and geocaching. And yes, at 56 I still play volleyball twice a week!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church of very goodly parents, and taught the gospel by example and not coercion. The first time I remember gaining a real testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ was when I was 12 and at a Sunday meeting out in the woods at girl's camp. All over inside my brain, heart, and body the thought/feeling/prompting flooded through me, telling me that I was in the right place and that this was Jesus' church. This feeling/knowledge helped me carry out good activities with good friends all through high school, and I kept learning and growing in the gospel. It wasn't until I was in my middle 30's, married, and my husband and I living the gospel and raising our family the best we could that I gained a strong testimony for myself that Joseph Smith really did see God the Father and Jesus Christ, and that he became God's instrument to bring about the Book of Mormon. Once again, the Spirit filled my soul and left me with no doubt. I have received many answers to prayer and learned very personally that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer. Without Him we are nothing, and have no hope. Being under a covenant with Him to live as He taught and repent when we need to brings so much peace and joy and fulfillment to life. When I sing, or direct others singing, it is to glorify Him.

How I live my faith

My service in the community and in my church has usually been through music. As stated, I direct choirs. I've done this for 24+ years, and am currently as well. Usually it is for church services, but I have also participated in community choirs, both as a director and a singer. I have also served a lot as a leader of our church's adult women's group, learning a lot of skills that I never would have any other place. Those times have been very wonderful, when 2 or 3 of us could visit, and give comfort and/help to other sisters when they need it, or organize classes to teach homemaking skills and help other sisters improve both spiritually and temporily. Right now I also play the organ for our church meetings, and this is something that I only learned by serving in the church. Hard for me, but I love it! It makes me practice, and I like learning a new skill. All my married life I have visited sisters in my church and neighborhood once a month just to make sure they are doing well and to see if they have needs I can help them with. And I receive very Christ-like treatment from other sisters, which I really appreciate. These, and living God's commandments and teaching my children and trying to be a good example to them and my friends are ways that I try to live my religion.