“Daniel K Judd First Counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency,” Liahona, May 2004, 125
Daniel K Judd’s life has been a unique combination of sacred and academic training. As a returned missionary from the California San Diego Mission, he pursued a B.S. in zoology from Southern Utah University (SUU) and an M.S. in family sciences and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Brigham Young University (BYU). During those years, he also worked for the Church Educational System as a seminary and institute teacher.
“As I have counseled with families as a professional or as a bishop or stake president, I have seen how profound the gospel can be in helping us heal,” he says. “I hope that through Sunday School Latter-day Saints can comprehend the power that is available to us as we come unto Christ through the teachings of our prophets and the scriptures.”
Born on 17 September 1956 in Kanab, Utah, Brother Judd was the youngest of four children born to LeRoy P. and Phyllis Farnsworth Judd. He met his future wife, Kaye Seegmiller, at SUU. They were married in the St. George Utah Temple. Now as the parents of four children, the Judds emphasize the Savior in their personal and family life.
“Salvation is so much more about Him than it is about ourselves,” says Brother Judd. “I have learned that with Christ and His gospel as our foundation nothing can ever go permanently wrong.”
Serving as both president of the Orem Utah Canyon View Stake and chairman of the Department of Ancient Scripture at BYU when he was called to the Sunday School general presidency, Brother Judd, 47, hopes to continue to draw upon his experience in both the sacred and the academic to help others.
“My desire for Sunday School is to emphasize Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice,” he says. “As it states in 2 Nephi 32:3, if we will ‘feast upon the words of Christ … [they] will tell you all things what ye should do.’”