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Hi I'm Judy

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Southern California. About age fourteen, I started wondering about God - was He real?

About Me

I am a mother and grandmother. My biggest hobby is family history or genealogy. It is something I have done for 45 years. I never get tired of finding new ancestors. I am also a floral designer and my family thinks I am a good cook.

Why I am a Mormon

I started attending various churches with friends when I was fourteen. Reading the bible was confusing to me - it was hard to understand. While listening to a minister in a Christian church, I remember thinking, "How does he have authority to interpret the bible?" When I was eighteen, and in college, I met an LDS friend who invited me to come to church. As soon as I heard the testimonies of the members that day, I knew I had found the right church. It was a new feeling to me, but I learned later that the spirit bore witness to me that this was the church I had been seeking. The missionaries started teaching me about the LDS church and I read the Book of Mormon. I knew right away that it was the word of God.

How I live my faith

I serve in our church women's organization. We study the scriptures and have class discussions on Sundays that help us focus to become more like the Savior. Recently, the women completed a service project - making small quilts and pillow cases for critically ill children in our local hospital. We thought that the colorful print fabrics would brighten up their rooms, and bring some sunshine into their difficult lives. My husband and I also serve in our beautiful temple in Newport Beach one day a week. We have served two missions for the church together since he retired, one in Singapore and one in the Family History LIbrary in Salt Lake City. We have a very happy marriage and life together. We love our five children, thirteen grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Judy
When my husband retired, we were absolutely ready and excited to serve a mission as a couple. No one ever tried to "force" us to serve. Force is not part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We indicated on the application that we would go anywhere in the world. Our assignment came to the Singapore Mission in 1997. We absolutely loved the people we met. One of the things that surprised me was that because we had traveled so far from home to be missionaries, the people saw that as an indication of our dedication to the Church, and they were more willing to listen to our message. Three years later, we signed up for another mission ! Show more Show less