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Hi I'm Judy

I grew up in Canada. I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as an adult. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am retired. I received my nursing diploma at Woodstock General Hospital in 1970. I worked in the OR for a few years and then retired when my son was born. When he was 6 and going to school full time I returned to school to get my degree in nursing (BScN). When my son left for university I went back to work as a community nurse. A few years later I again went back to school to become an enterostoma nurse specializing mainly in wound care and a little in ostomy care. The year my husband and I retired was also the year that he died unexpectedly. My son served a mission and then married a wonderful woman and now they have 6 children that I can spoil as they live very close to me. I joined the Church a year after my son was born. Unfortunately, my husband did not join with me, but I was able to bring up my son in the Church.

Why I am a Mormon

I always had questions about the Bible and about Jesus. For instance, why did we baptize babies as they are born pure and innocent and baptism is for repentance? The Bible taught about the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. I certainly felt the Holy Ghost testify to me many times but it was not my constant companion. Why not? Why did we not baptize by total immersion as that is what Christ taught. When the sister missionaries knocked on my door I let them in and was able to get each question answered. Children are baptized at 8 years of age after they are able to understand what is required of them, I could receive the Holy ghost as a constant companion and they taught me how, and baptism was by total immersion. As they continued to teach me,I continued to pray about it and to learn. I now know that this Church is the Lord's Church on the earth today. Joseph Smith was a prophet and he was given the authority from God to restore His Church as it was at the time that Christ lived on the earth and right after he was resurrected. I know that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon through the power of God. I know that we have a living prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson. Amos 3:7 states "Surely, the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." I know that He has placed a prophet here today to lead us and guide us in the right way. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live. I know that Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. I know that through his grace we can change our behavior and become a better person; He will help us. Through His grace if we repent, He will forgive us and help us to overcome our sins and rise above them. I know that Christ loves each of us very much. Much more than we realize. I know that the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon are the word of God written by his prophets. I know that his is the Lord's Church on the earth today.

How I live my faith

I love to serve in the Church. At this time I work as a family history consultant and help people learn how to start their family history. I am available to go to a member's house or they can come to mine and we can work together to start them on Family Tree. I also work in the Family History Center where members and people from the community come to use the resourses available through the Church. I also serve in the Toronto Temple every Thursday. In our Church, we try to contact every member each month. My companion and I try to visit the sisters who we are assigned to visit each month. If that is not possible we phone or write them. I love to do this as it gives me a chance to get to know the sisters better and we often become good friends. It also helps us to know if there is a problem such as the sister is going in for surgery and may need help with meals or babysitting until she recovers. When I am aware of a problem I will let the President of the women's organization know and if I am unable to look after my sisters needs, other sisters in the Church will help out. Sometimes problems may be confidential and I need to respect this. I have had meals brought into me when I have been sick and habe really appreciated it. I love reading the scriptures because this is how I learn and I find each time I read them I learn more. I also enjoy going to Church every Sunday and partaking of the sacrament (communion). Sunday School and the Relief Society (women's program) is also a great way to increase my knowledge. In the past, I have served in other capacities such as being in charge of the Relief Society Program, and teaching the Primary children and also being the Primary President. It does not matter where I serve, it causes me to grow and to learn and to draw closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I also served in the community on the Parent-Teacher Council (similar to the Home and School) at my son's school when he was grade 7 and 8.