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Hi I'm Judy Kigin

I grew up on Long Island. I was an Army PT during the Vietnam War. I am a wife, mother of 5, and a grandma of 14. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Since I was a child I had wanted to be a health care worker. After I graduated from college I served four years as an army physical therapist, treating soldiers who had been wounded in the Vietnam War. I met and married my husband at an army hospital in Japan. We have five children and 14 grandchildren, who are our great delight. I enjoy reading, doing genealogy research, being with friends and family, and traveling throughout the world. When my youngest child was nine, I went to work as a part-time PT at a nursing home, Little Sisters of the Poor, where I worked for 15 years. For over 30 years I have served as a volunteer Scout leader in our church and in our Scouting district (and at two national jamborees). The Boy Scouts of America and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a strong relationship. Our young men learn and live the values taught at church and in Scouts. What they learn helps them grow into strong men of principle, good husbands, and wonderful fathers. I am proud of my three Eagle Scout sons, all of whom also served as missionaries, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ (in France, Texas, and Argentina). My two daughters were in Brownies and Girl Scouts, where they learned many things that help them in their current professions. Our grandchildren (boys and girls) are in Scouts, and two of our sons and one of their wives are leaders. My husband and I teach first aid at Scouting events. I guess you could say we are a real Scouting family!

Why I am a Mormon

I am proud to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My mom's family have belonged to the Church since the 1830s, when her ancestors were baptized in England, Scotland, Canada, or Denmark. On the other hand, my dad was baptized in 1977 at age 75! I was baptized at age eight in NY. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and that He organized His Church when He was living and teaching on earth 2000 years ago. He was crucified, He died, and was resurrected three days later. His Church continued on for some time, but eventually the teachings became corrupted and the authority and power to act in God's name became as nothing. A long period of confusion and lack of the power of the holy priesthood followed, but the true gospel was restored to the earth in the early 1800s by a young man named Joseph Smith. He became the first prophet of modern time. It is as important for us today as it was in Christ's time to hear directly from our Heavenly Father, so we know how to live and act. It is a blessing to me to know that we have a living prophet, who is in communication with Heavenly Father, and who can teach us the things that Heavenly Father wants us to know and do. I love the Church and I know if I follow the teachings of the gospel and keep the promises (covenants) I have made with my Heavenly Father, that I will be able to return to His presence, and be with Him and my family for eternity. I also have a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, which was translated by Joseph Smith from brass plates that were engraved in America between around 600 BC and 400 AD. These "golden" plates have since been taken from the earth by Heavenly messengers, but the translation remains today as the Book of Mormon, which is the "keystone of our religion." I am so very thankful to our Savior, Jesus Christ, for His atoning sacrifice (giving His life for us) that will allow us to return to live with Him and Heavenly Father again some day.

How I live my faith

In addition to Scouting, my husband and I have worked with the Red Cross, the Community Emergency Response Team, and as PTA officers. I have served in many Church positions throughout my life. I love serving with the youth of the Church and in the Primary organization with the children. I have loved being a part of the "Relief Society," one of the oldest organizations for women in the world. Life-long friendships, wonderful spiritual lessons, and practical information on homemaking are some of the things I have gained through Relief Society. Every sister in the congregation is contacted monthly by her Relief Society visiting teacher, who calls on her to ensure all is well in her home and family. Some of my best friends are sisters I met through visiting teaching. After we retired, my husband and I served as missionaries for 18 months in the New York City LDS Employment Resource Center during the financial crisis that rocked the nation in 2008. We helped people of all religious faiths prepare resumes, learn good interview techniques, and find meaningful work. We are now serving a second "senior mission," this time to help people find their ancestors. I believe strongly in the importance of families, and I have a testimony that "families can be together forever." Families (husbands, wives, and children) can be together for eternity, not just “until death do us part,” and I believe that finding our roots brings us closer as eternal families. While on this mission I help people as they look through old records and search the Internet to find their ancestors. For about 20 years I served one day a week as an ordinance worker in the Washington DC Temple. Temples don't function like our regular church buildings, where we meet on Sundays to worship and on weekdays for activities. Temples are sacred places, where saving and sealing ordinances are performed for our deceased ancestors. I encourage you to visit a temple visitors’ center to feel the sweet spirit that is there.