Hi I'm Edie
I was born in Vermont and now live in Tennessee with my husband of over 43 years. We are parents of four children and seven grandchildren (soon eight). My husband's career has taken us many places and I have made friends and memories in all of them. Community service is one of my favorite interests, especially supporting veterans; my husband is one. As a citizen of this wonderful country, I believe I should be involved in the political process and I enjoy campaigning for political candidates with values and public interests that match mine. Pleasures for me include spending time with family, baking bread, helping friends and those in need, and basically, enjoying each day and the joy of living.
Why I am a Mormon
Many years ago, although living a moral life and meeting my obligations to my family, I was more of a spectator to my religion than a participant. We had lived for a few years in a state with a large population of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We saw how they lived and observed harmony in their lives. We witnessed the church in action when a disaster struck, affecting several counties. Mormons came, not only from our area to help, but from outside the state as well and organized cleanup and recovery operations. It turns out that my testimony of the gospel and the good works of this church began to form even then. A couple of years later, after we had moved and were living over two thousand miles away, we were visited by missionaries. They began to teach us and in June 1978, my husband and I were baptized. My testimony has continued to grow even until today as I study the scriptures and reinforce my knowledge of my Savior's example. Jesus Christ is my light and guide! The gift of the Holy Ghost comforts me. I apply the lesson of the Atonement daily in my life. I dedicate each day to Jesus Christ and, through prayer, ask for inspiration in all I do and say. When I fall short, I know that if I repent and call on His holy name for help He is there to give me peace. I know my Heavenly Father has a plan for me and that my Savior lives!
What blessings have come through your faith in Jesus Christ?
I am comforted in knowing that my Savior is always there for me when I am sad or discouraged, or feel I can't get through a situation. I have faith to know that He suffered more than I can imagine, that He gives me strength to endure my trials and discouragements, and that my sins can be forgiven. He is my salvation and guide to eternal life!
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." (John 13:34) is powerful and guides me. I try to be open to others and accepting of them as they are. If I can help to lift others, I try. It think the Savior wants me to do this. How could I refuse Him?
How I live my faith
I live my faith by living my life. It is so engrained in all that I do that I don't separate it. I have a church assignment in public affairs that matches my desire to get to know people and be a contributor to the welfare of my community. I work in building friendships with community leaders, civic organizations, and members of other faiths. Each month I visit a number of ladies in our congregation and share a spiritual message about Our Savior, Jesus Christ. As I do, others visit me monthly to chat, become better acquainted, and to assist me if I have needs. This brings a loving spirit of sisterhood to all of us. I try to refrain from judging others who may not live as I live. My heavenly Father loves all of us, so I feel that I must love everyone and overlook those actions and lifestyles that may not align with mine. My husband is my friend and eternal partner. We have remained true to our wedding vows and I have always supported him in his life decisions. He has cared for me and our children. I respect him and refrain from speaking negatively to others about what he does and doesn't do. Knowing that I am not perfect and that I need to stay close to my Father and Jesus Christ, I pray and read scriptures daily. I do not behave inappropriately and I do not stain my thoughts by watching distasteful movies or engaging in unbecoming behavior. I can't practice my faith on Sunday only; it must be every day for full enjoyment of the gospel.