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Hi I'm Judy

I'm a Mormon convert and I love life in The Church!

About Me

I'm a 5th generation Aussie in my mid seventies,widowed and with a background in Communications. I consider my greatest achievement in life thus far has been to marry a nice man and raise six healthy children. My current interests include oil-painting,creative writing,organic gardening,reading, politics and current affairs,classical and evergreen music,early Australian history, recycling – and learning all I can about this wonderful world God has given us!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by honest,hard working parents who respected all churches but participated in none - raising a big family during The Great Depression left little time for anything except work,but they always made sure us kids got to the local Salvation Army Sunday school. Throughout my childhood I asked everyone around me what God was really like – I got so many conflicting answers I gave up asking! When I left home I began asking questions again: What does God look like? Why did He put me here on earth? What happens to us after we die? I wasn't looking for any specific church,just searching for truth. At twenty six I was happily married with two small children, but the feeling of 'something missing in my life' persisted. All my reading and searching had convinced me that Jesus Christ was real,so my husband and I wanted to give our children a basic christian education - but where to send them? I was still looking for truth myself! During the Christmas season of 1965 we took our family to The Valley in Brisbane to view the nativity story depicted in the windows of McWhirter's department store. This was a fateful evening for us! On the corner stood two wholesome-looking young Mormon missionary Elders. We listened a while to their sincere,common sense answers to other people's questions,then asked a few of our own. Before we left that night we invited them to come to our home to answer some more! The first Mormon service we attended left us with a good impression; the people there were very friendly and family-minded and their neat,modest dress suggested a reverent attitude towards God. That day I left with some of my questions answered and I couldn't wait to go back to learn more! Over the next few months I received answers to many others,more importantly,the feeling of 'something missing in my life' was gradually replaced by quiet peace and a profound love for Our Heavenly Father,his Son Jesus Christ and the perfect plan they have for us.

How I live my faith

I have a long way to go yet,but I strive daily to show my love for Jesus Christ by serving my immediate and extended family,my neighbours and the people around me in the community. My service over the past 45 years has entailed working in youth development programs,teaching gospel principles and acting as a Family History Consultant within The Church and in my local community. Before his death,my husband and I served a 2 year,full time Temple Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Recently I've been teaching my sisters in The Church and getting involved in worthwhile projects within our local community. Being a "helping hand" for Jesus Christ has brought great peace and joy into my life.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Judy
As a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I can speak from first hand experience of what the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit you at home. They teach about the great Atoning sacrifice that Jesus Christ has wrought for all mankind and the wonderful plan of salvation our Heavenly Father has for each of us to return to His presence. From a personal perspective,their discussions also answered many long standing questions for me, including: Did I live before coming to earth? What is my purpose for being here? Is God really aware of me as an individual? How do I know what He expects of me? How can I know whether the scriptures are true? As a covert I will be forever grateful to the missionaries who visited my home,because the message they shared with our family has brought great happiness into our lives! Show more Show less