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Hi I'm Ed

I was born and raised in Ohio, retired as Army Warrant Officer, was also a federal agent, I now live in Indiana, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm just an ordinary guy who loves his family and life in general. I've been fortunate to be one of those who have found his nitch in life doing the things I love to do. I chose to make the military my career, served two tours of duty in Vietnam (1962-63 and 1968-69), and one in Germany (1963-65) during the Cold War as a radio direction finding operator and counterintelligence special agent warrant officer. After my retirement I served another 15 years as a special agent with the Defense Investigative Service in Washington, D.C. and Dallas, TX, before finally retiring and moving back to Ohio where I was born. I enjoy woodworking, camping, various hobbies, traveling, and spending time with my children.

Why I am a Mormon

When I returned from Vietnam in 1969 my life got turned up side down, and consequently I began to search for a deeper meaning and purpose for life. Through a series of seemingly coincidental events I came across the Book of Mormon, read and prayed about it, and received a spiritual confirmation that it was true. My conversion story is much more complicated than this, but essentially I prayed and fasted many days over a period of several months to know the truth and when I was convinced that what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was teaching was true I asked to be baptized and join the Church. Even then, it took me another three years before I could actually say I knew for certain that this was the true Church for me and before I could finally claim to be a Mormon "true blue through and through." I have discovered in my search for truth that conversion is not a one time experience, but rather a life time process, because there is always some personal weakness or imperfection you need to overcome, some doctrine you thought you understood which you eventually come to know more clearly as you study, learn, and strive to apply the laws, ordinances, and commandments of the Lord to yourself; and of course as you become integrated into the Church you also learn about service to others, leadership responsibilities, overcoming conflicts, and over looking the imperfections of others, etc., that will hopefully make you a true disciple and follower of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because the things I have learned make a whole lot more sense to me than anything that has ever been taught or espoused by any other church, religious group, or philosophy of man, and because I have also received the personal witness from the Holy Ghost that these things are true. These things I know and bear solemn witness of, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by applying the things I have learned, and through the service I have rendered in the various callings I have had, but also by diligent studies, prayer, and fastings. I like to think that I'm a good neighbor, and a better man because of my religious beliefs, that I am Christ-like in my behavior and demeanor, and that I am sufficiently knowledgeable of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ to be able to teach others how to come unto Christ and be perfected in Him. I have served in practically every calling the brethren can possibly hold in a typical ward or branch of the Church, as well as some stake assignments. I love sharing the gospel and especially my testimony with others. I am currently serving as the High Priest group leader in my branch. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church and that Jesus Christ is the head of this Church. I also know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ personally called a prophet by the name of Joseph Smith to bring about the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, as well as the restoration of priesthood authority, and Church of Jesus Christ as it was anciently organized. I believe in continuing revelations, miracles, and spiritual gifts; that God converses with modern day prophets and apostles; and that He has called Thomas S. Monson to preside over the Church as a prophet, seer, and revelator in this dispensation of time, and I bear witness of this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.