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Hi I'm Jud

I've been married to my sweetheart for 43 years, have been a family physician since 1982, and recently retired.

About Me

I love the out of doors, though I don't partake enough, as I have been so busy with medicine, family and church service for many years. My grandchildren love it when I take them on nature walks where we study tracks and signs left by wildlife. I enjoy the out-of-doors immensely and prefer to see it by a non-motorized means, such as cross country skiing, canoeing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping. I have 25.5 grandchildren, the oldest of whom is 12, so I am often surrounded as I go into nature to enjoy the "solitude."

Why I am a Mormon

I always known that God was there for me because as a child, the simple prayers that my mother taught me to say were answered, sometimes in remarkable ways. I just new that if I needed God and if I prayed with great feeling, believing that he would answer, He always did. That knowledge has kept me from straying very far from Him and has guided me, in many instances, to choose the right path. Though I was born into a Mormon family, I can honestly say that I am a convert to this church. There came a time when I had to know for myself if the things I had been taught to believe were true. This is when I prayed harder than I ever have, pleading with God to let me know if I was on the right path. The answer came in the form of a powerful burning in my chest that I could not deny. I knew it was from God. It was the assurance that I needed and I have never looked back. The wonderful thing is that I don't have to depend on that one experience alone, for as I serve in the church, and continue my study of God's word, accompanied by sincere prayer, I receive frequent reassurances that I am on the right path. I see the blessings of the teachings of Jesus Christ reflected in my children and grandchildren. We certainly continue to have some challenges, as all families do, but as we apply the principles of faith, repentance, brotherly love, and great kindness, our problems get worked out and we draw ever closer. We know why we are here (on earth) and where we are going afterward. We also know that if we keep God's commandments we will be together in the next life. What comfort that brings!

How I live my faith

When I was 20 years old I went to Brazil on a 27 month mission for my church and, in the process, learned Portuguese so I could teach the people the gospel of Christ. I have served in many voluntary positions in my church, including visiting families in my area,and presiding over several congregations, in which I was responsible to serve the people's needs, spiritual and at times temporal. I once served as president of nine of these congregations in a geographical area. Most recently, I have served in a Spanish speaking congregation, and have organized and participated in many social and worship activities for the youth and the adults. I feel closest to God when I study his word and talk to Him every day. The peace that brings is so worth the effort.