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Hi I'm Ed Mears

I'm a Mormon. I was born in Utah but have lived in Samoa, North Dakota, California, Florida, and Austria.

About Me

My sweetheart and I have been married for nearly 50 years. We have 6 daughters and 2 sons who have given us 33 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. I am a retired school teacher who loves to travel, read, work in my shop, and golf when not spending time with my family. Service is a great part of our lives. Since retiring, we have spent the last 7 years doing service for the LDS Church.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young man, preaching the Gospel in Austria, I sought a witness of the truth of what I was teaching. After going into a forest and praying to know the truth , I received a witness that it was true. As I grew older, I noticed that those who lived the Gospel were happy and better able to cope with challenges that came their way. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and is aware of me. I know he will bless me with those things which will be for my eternal salvation. I know that Jesus Christ is the Redeemer and Savior of the world. I know we have a living prophet today who gives us guidance and inspiration to do what we should.

How I live my faith

Before my retirement, I spent many years working with the youth of the church. I also spent 4 years teaching the scriptures to youth in early morning Seminary. My wife and I have served two missions for the church. The 1st mission was to Florida where we worked in the mission office. The 2nd was at West Ridge Academy where we were spiritual counselors to at risk youth.

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Ed Mears
Anyone can enter a Mormon chapel. Regular church services consist of teaching, music, and prayers. A temple, on the other hand, is a special place where only worthy members may enter. Temple services consist of sacred, eternal ordinances. Show more Show less