Hi I'm Edie
I'm a Mormon.
I was born in Vermont and now live in Tennessee with my husband of nearly 50 years. We are parents of four children and eight grandchildren (soon nine). My husband's career-he's now retired-took us many places and we 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, helping friends and those in need, baking bread, 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 we observed the 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 few 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, we were baptized and became members of the church. 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!
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 does not 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 cannot practice my faith on Sunday only; it must be every day for full enjoyment of the gospel. I try to practice this approach with my life: forgive, forget, move on, and continue to repent!