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Hi I'm Ed

I'm a husband, father, student, Tongan, Canadian and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in northern BC, Canada, but my parents were immigrants from Tonga. We ended up in Canada because my parents followed my Canadian grandpa to where he was living. I grew up loving sports. I played volleyball, soccer and rugby. I also took violin and piano lessons. I'm married now and have a son who's 2 yrs. old and a beautiful new daughter. I'm finished up an English degree and am looking to become a teacher, but in the meantime, we're living in Northern Alberta to work and pay off school loans. I love travelling, yet I've mainly only travelled to visit family in the States or Tonga. I also served a mission in Jamaica, got sick and then was reassigned to finish in Upstate New York. Coincidentally, my wife's from the East too, so we can easily go visit Upstate NY during a trip to see her family.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both converts in their teens. Despite us being raised in the Church, I still had to find out for myself whether this was the life for me and whether it was true too. I'm grateful for the diversity of my parents' background because my mom's father was agnostic and my father's dad is an Anglican pastor. Therefore, I wanted to make sure I was following what was right. Gratefully, in the end finding out if it's true or not depended on me. Taking seminary in high school, I first read the New Testament and felt the Spirit say it was true. Really, reading it just made me feel good. I later read the Book of Mormon and I felt the same as I did reading the Bible. Getting into my later teens, I prepared to serve a mission for our Church and prayed and specifically asked to know if the Church is true. I just felt peace, which to me was the answer. I continue to feel the Spirit when I keep the commandments and serve God and others. In the end, I know that Jesus Christ lives and that He helps us to return to God. He helps us to repent and be forgiven, and for that, I'm most grateful. I think it'd be so easy to give up on life if we didn't have a way to get help with burdens we have, whether imposed by ourselves or others. I know that God and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and called him as a prophet. The Book of Mormon really does bring us closer to Christ. Thomas S. Monson is our living prophet today. Everything in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is designed to bring us to Jesus Christ. I know that happiness comes from following Him.

How I live my faith

My assignment in our congregation is as an assistant to our local pastor. We try to help build the congregation in service to each other as well as others in the local community. I also play the organ for church service every once in a while. I think I live my faith most frequently at home with my wife and family, trying to build our family in love for God and neighbour.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

The great thing about our Church is that we don't force our views on anyone. We share what we believe to be true, even know to be true, and then invite others to go to the source of all truth - God - and find out from Him whether what we say is true. There's no greater way to find out truth than from God. All we ask is for people to test out the teachings for themselves and to see the effect it has on them. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Though we are different for the standards we strive to uphold, I believe we are just like everyone else in that we try to find happiness in life. We don't isolate ourselves, but try to participate and be apart of our local communities. Because we are such a minority, we have friends both in and out of the Church. Show more Show less