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Hi I'm Parker Judd

I grew up in American Fork Utah. Happy Valley. I am a state finalist in Tennis and Golf. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I love to play tennis and golf. I was on my high school's tennis team for my freshman year through my senior year, and I played number one varsity each year. My dad and my brothers all played golf, and I thought that I would give it a try. I fell in love with it. I played on my high school's golf team from my sophomore year to my senior year. I was elected as captain my senior year. I fractured and displaced my left ankle in the winter of my sophomore year, by falling down some icy stairs, and to make it worse my older brother fell on me. Pretty lame story, huh? So I was out my sophomore year for tennis season. I thought that the world was going to end. I was on top of the world one second, but then it changed in an instant. Through this trial, it helped me in my family life and how I treated them. Most of all, it really helped me to rely on The Lord. I don't think I could have made it through that tennis season without him. I really relied on my Heavenly Father. It really changed my life. After my injury, it really opened my eyes. It helped me realize that there are more things in life that just sports.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the mormon church. I went to church every Sunday without fail, and I saw it as a chore. I relied upon my parents' testimonies, and what they believed, I believed. Until my Senior year. I had a seminary teacher who I could really relate to. He really helped me realize that I really didn't have my own testimony. He pointed out something and it changed me for the rest of my life. He told us to take a look at the Book of Mormon, another Testament of Jesus Christ. It was just like the bible, so why do we have it? It is another Testament of Jesus Christ, it is not meant to replace it, it just adds truth, and clarifies truth that the Bible teaches. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God. God worked through him. I know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the true and living prophet on the earth today. I know that Jesus Christ atoned for the sins of this world. I know that through him we can return to live with our families and with our Heavenly Father again. I know it, I know that God knows it, and I cannot deny it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday. Everything that I do, I try to do in the name of Jesus Christ. Through the day I always have a hymn or peaceful song in my head, because when temptation roles around, those songs override that temptation ten out of ten times. I always try to think to myself, 'What would Christ do in this situation?' Whether it's in my actions, or talking to someone I have never talked to before, I try to rely on the Holy Ghost.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Parker Judd
Latter Day Saints, Mormon's, believe in the Bible as much as we do the Book of Mormon. The Bible was written in Ancient times and the setting was ancient Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon took place the same time as the Bible did, but it was over the ocean in the America's. God loves all his children, he wouldn't just give a section of his children his word, and leave the rest of his children to survive on their own. The Book of Mormon is ANOTHER TESTAMENT OF JESUS CHRIST. It is not to replace the Bible, or disgrace it any way, it is just to add truth, and add doctrine that the Bible already has. Joseph Smith was a young man at the age of 14 and he had questions on what religion to join." Joseph Smith went to our father in Heaven and asked of which Church to join. Joseph Smith saw God the Father and his son, Jesus Christ. They told Joseph to not join any of the churches for none of them were true. They then restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the Priesthood back on the earth through him. When Joseph Smith turned 21 an Angel called Moroni told him where ancient record was hidden on a hill called Camora, those plates are the ancient dealings of the people of ancient America. Joseph obtained the plates and he translated them by the power of God, and it is now the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Parker Judd
It was truly a perfect gift from our loving Heavenly Father. The act of the Atonement was seperated into two parts. The first part came when Christ went into the Garden of Gethsemanie to pray to the father. There, he took upon himself the sins, anguish, pain, torment, sadness, and sorrow of everyone who was to ever live on the earth. In this act, it was so painful that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, bled from every poor. Threw this act of love, Christ made it possible for us to return and live with our Heavenly Father once again, if we would repent of our sins, and come unto Christ. The second act of the Atonement was when Christ was on the Cross. When Christ was hanging on the cross he went through the same pains, anguish, sorrows, that he had gone through in the Garden of Gethsemanie. Except for one aspect. When Christ was hanging on the cross as recorded in the book of Mark, he cried out saying, "My God, my god, why hast thou forsaken me?" God the Father had to leave Christ so he could truly and without a doubt go threw everything so we didn't have to. The Atonement of Jesus Christ was a pure act of Love. Not only from Jesus Christ, but from our Father in Heaven. God gave his only Begotten Son to the world so that he could go through the Atonement. He knew the pains that Christ was going to feel. If we look to Christ, and understand that through Christ we can be cleansed, we can. Jesus Christ is the sweeping light of Truth. Show more Show less