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Hi I'm Judi.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest in a family of two. I was born in Kansas but moved to Washington when I was in the 2nd grade. When my husband and I married, we united two families into one. He came with four children and I with two. Shortly thereafter we added four more. Now we have the added blessing of grandchildren and great grandchildren. I love all the stages of life. There is nothing quite like a baby, unless it is a toddler leaning to walk and communicate; or teenagers learning to use their abundant talents in school and in the community. I love to look at photographs we have taken of our children and their children. Memories are so precious. As we have aged, so have our parents. I enjoy putting scrapbooks and DVD’s filled with their memories and ours together. Before my father passed away, he would spend hours looking at scrapbooks I filled with pictures of his past. Mom and I have shared countless hours talking about her family. I love journaling the experiences she talks about. I feel like I am getting to know my great-greats. I love to cook and try new recipes. The only problem is that I still tend to cook for ten. When our children were small, we often went as much as a month without repeating a dinner menu. All of our children have grown to be excellent cooks. One of them is even a professional chef.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child, I was raised Episcopalian but always questioned the priest’s version of the Trinity. As an adult, I began to explore other churches but never found the right answers to my questions. When my husband and I moved to Auburn, we were blessed to move next door to a family of Latter-day Saints. Their oldest daughter began to invite our daughters to Mutual. One night I attended with them. As the Bishop spoke of celestial marriage and a celestial kingdom, I was filled with questions and could hardly wait to ask my neighbor more. Questions were answered, the Book of Mormon was read, and prayers were answered. I knew then that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that the Book of Mormon was true, and there is definite purpose to life. In my heart, I knew I had come home to the true church I had been looking for all of my life. Through the church, I have found my identity. I know now that I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father and that he and his Son, Jesus Christ love and care about me. This has given me a confidence I never had before. Over the years, my testimony has been strengthened. I have learned that when trials and adversity come my way, it is important to know who I am and where I came from. Two years ago my sister died of cancer. Knowing the Lord’s plan of salvation which is sometimes called his Plan of Happiness gave me the peace I needed in a time of great sorrow. I am grateful to know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that his Atonement is real.

How I live my faith

Faith to me is constant and daily. My faith determines my actions and my lifestyle. It is what sees me through the tough days. I fell in love with the scriptures when we joined the church. Through them I have gained a better understanding of Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ. I have been greatly blessed to have spent the last eleven years teaching them. I taught the scriptures to high school students for six years in a program called Seminary. I have also taught an adult scripture class called Institute for the last five years and am teaching the Book of Mormon this year. On Sundays, I teach a Sunday school class. Teaching has certainly strengthened my faith and testimony. I love to share the gospel with others. Each month I have the opportunity to visit with other women in our church. I love the women my companion and I visit. I especially love it when there is something that I can do for them. They are truly my sisters. Saturdays find my husband and I in the Seattle Temple where we are ordinance workers. The peace found there is indescribable. Temple attendance is one way I have found to stay close to the Lord. Prayer and daily scripture study also serve as armor in this world where chaos abounds.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Judi.
The Lord sent us here for our individual growth. It is within the family that we can best develop Christlike attributes as we learn to love and serve each other. Whether we are parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles, or cousins. We are all part of a family and the family is central of God's plan for his children. Families have times of joy and times of sorrow. In our families, we sometimes face difficult challenges, however, working together we learn from each other. We find courage and strength. We learn patience, perseverance and the spirit of cooperation. Strong families help to create a strong society. A family is a place of growth where children can be loved, provided for, and taught truth and righteousness. We look forward to returning to our Father In Heaven as individuals and we look forward to enjoying the blessing of being united eternally as families.. Show more Show less