Cleveland teen begins mission trip to Malaysia

Jacob Judd looking forward to opportunity

Posted 7/9/17

For the next two years, Jacob Judd will be spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Malaysia.

Judd has been assigned the Singapore Mission in Malaysia for his assignment as a missionary for the …

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Cleveland teen begins mission trip to Malaysia

Jacob Judd looking forward to opportunity

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For the next two years, Jacob Judd will be spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Malaysia.

Judd has been assigned the Singapore Mission in Malaysia for his assignment as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

Originally from Utah, Judd said he had grown up in Utah, Chandler, Ariz., and Denver, before moving to Cleveland.

He is the son of Nathan Judd and Karen Judd. His dad, who works for Eaton Corp., has had various assignment with the company, including at one time serving as plant manager at Cleveland’s Eaton Electrical. Judd has a brother, Wes, and two sisters, Sydney and Oliva.

An honor graduate at Walker Valley High School, Judd was the first National Merit Scholarship winner from WVHS. He also was a dual enrollment student with Lee University.

He has a little bit of German and Mandarin Chinese; however, he will be learning Malay, which is the language of Malaysia.

He wants to attend Brigham Young University and study mathematics upon completion of his mission.

He was also involved in Boys Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout and working in the local Mormon church.

Judd will spend six weeks at the missionary training center in Provo, Utah, where he will learn Malay and other things needed to have a successful mission.

In preparation for his mission, Judd has been studying a “lot of Scriptures” and missionary training material.

He is looking forward to the “opportunity to see the joy that come from spreading the knowledge of Jesus Christ.”

Judd said learning to take care of himself is the “scary thought” about this mission.

He also recognizes that it will be tough to witness to Muslins.

He has “been involved my whole life” in the study of the Gospel, Judd said. During his high school years, Judd attended seminary to learn about Scripture, the Book of Mormon and doctrine.

Seminary is Scripture classes that begin at 6:30 a.m. during high school for Mormon youth. Jill Griffey taught the sessions freshman through junior years and his mom, Karen, taught the senior year. The seminary sessions let him dig into what Mormons believe and “pick it apart.”

“It taught me to start my day off on a right note,” Judd said. “It increased my understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

One of the favorite passages he uses as inspiration comes from 2nd Nephi 25-25 and 26. It says, “For, for this end was the law given; wherefore the law hath become dead unto us, and we are made alive in Christ because of our faith; yet we keep the law because of the commandments.

“And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.”

Judd said one of his favorite prophets from the Book of Mormon is Abinadi.

Judd explained that Abinadi was called to teach a “very wicked people about the Gospel and the 10 Commandments.” Abinadi was rejected by the people and wanted to leave; however, God sent him back to spread the Gospel.

“Abinadi knew he was going to be killed, but he also knew God was going to let him present the message first,” Judd said.

“God wants the best for you. He does not want you to fail. He will support you in the good things” and the challenges, Judd acknowledged.

Judd is confident “He (God) will support me and provide for me.”

Judd began his missionary journey on July 2.

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