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Hi I'm Ed

I'm a Mormon. I live in China with my wife and three of our children.

About Me

I live in Xiamen, China, with my wife and three of my children. I have six other children who live in Alberta, Singapore and Brisbane, two grandchildren in Brisbane, and one in Singapore. We are originally from Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada and have lived in China for 7 years. We came to China help start a new school, and I continue to work in education and leadership development. I love climbing mountains where I can re-visit my roots as a biologist. Following an LDS mission in Africa, I married my childhood sweetheart, Elise Kern with whom I have shared a busy, adventurous and love-filled life.

Why I am a Mormon

We need living prophets who receive revelation from God today, just as people anciently needed their prophets. What could be more important? I have come to know that the prophets that lead the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints are prophets in the same way that Abraham, Moses, Peter and John were prophets, lead by revelations from the Lord. And, add to that, being a Mormon means that I can be lead by personal revelation from Jesus Christ through the Gift of the Holy Ghost. This is communication from the Christ to the heart of each humble disciple. Being a Mormon opens a door to communion with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that some may dare not believe possible. But possible it is, and living this gospel is it's own proof of these glorious possibilities. I am filled with wonder about my good fortune to know what I do about Christ and eternity.

How I live my faith

For the first six years that we were in China, we lived in Xi'an, exactly in the center of the country, where I lead a congregation of the Mormon church. We were a small group of expatriates, many of whom worked teaching English. Our family then moved to Xiamen, on the coast of China near Taiwan. While there are special challenges to living in this part of the world, faith in Jesus Christ helps us to meet each day afresh and to feel the peace and security that people all over the world seek, regardless of where they live. I like to do the best I can each day, and then to leave the rest to the Lord. I believe in being the best that you can be, and then being happy and contented with that - not disappointed that you are not something else. The gospel of Jesus Christ is perfect for that!

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a very fundamental part of being a Mormon. I understand that some people think that Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon, but, after many years of careful study, I know very clearly that that is not the case. Because the core of my interest in religion is to get closer to God, and because I have always believed that God answers personal prayer, I have taken the question of the origin of the Book of Mormon to God. It is his answer to my personal prayer that is the basis of my knowledge that the Book of Mormon is of divine origin and was written by ancient prophets under the inspiration of God. I have also studied the Book of Mormon with great care over a period of many years. The things that I have learned about the book and the spiritual perceptions that I have gained from it, have demonstrated to me beyond doubt that it is divine. Joseph Smith could not have written it - the Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets as they were inspired of God. Joseph Smith was lead to translate the Book of Mormon and granted a divine gift from God to accomplish this important work. This truth will be equally clear to anyone who carefully studies the Book of Mormon and inquires prayerfully about its origin. A knowledge of the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints as Jesus Christ's church on the earth today, is accessible through the diligent, prayerful study of the Book of Mormon and its origin. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No, serving a mission is not a requirement. However, there is certainly a lot of positive encouragement to serve a mission. Mormons serve missions because we have the most important and thrilling things to say about mankind's relationship to God. God speaks to a living prophet today, just as anciently! And He also speaks to you and I through personal prayer and inspiration. We believe in and indeed have an active, divine relationship with God! Wow! We know it and benefit daily. So, serving a mission doesn't have to be a requirement - if a person really knows such a thing, then he or she is going to WANT to tell others. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

When I stand on the top of a mountain and view the beauty and grander of the world that lays before me, I think to myself, "It doesn't have to be beautiful, but it is." The beauty of the world really has meaning. The inner beauty of people who I don't even know is something that is real and speaks to me. I know that most people have these same feelings. There is meaning to life and all that is around us. We feel it and sense it deeply. There is something in the world that goes beyond our physical senses, beyond even the technological extensions of our senses, that gives it all beauty and meaning. We all feel and know that deeper world. That 'sixth sense' is a sense of the divine in the world and in ourselves. It tells us that there is a God.   Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

We believe the Bible is the word of God in the same way that any typical Christian believes the Bible is the world of God. The Bible is core scripture in the Mormon church, and we study it constantly. We believe it is essential to apply the principles of truth in the Bible so that we can return to live with God. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

In fact, the real name of the 'Mormon Church' is 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints.' This church is actually the church that Jesus Christ established when He lived upon the Earth. Soon after Jesus Christ was crucified, the church built around His teaching and authority began to drift away from the principles He taught. In time, many different churches had sprung up, but none of them represented Jesus Christ's teachings anymore. In the early 1800's, Jesus Christ moved again to establish His church upon the Earth using the ancient pattern of calling a living prophet. To the living prophet, the Lord gave revelations and authority to establish His church - in the same way that Moses and Abraham were called. We call this 'the restored church' - restored because it is Christ's church brought again to the Earth by Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

What is popularly known as the "Mormon church" is in fact "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints." The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints is profoundly based on the divinity of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savoir of Mankind. We believe in a living, speaking Christ who is functionally the head of His church today. We believe that He gives revelation currently, in the same way He did anciently. All the spiritual vision, all of the divine authority, all of the loving and redeeming teachings that were with the disciples of Christ in ancient times are with His disciples in our time. Jesus Christ can enter your life today in the same way that He entered the lives of the ancient disciples. Your relationship with Christ can be as close, as saving. Men and women, indeed, must become born again through accepting His grace and living according to His commandments and spiritual guidance. That blessing is here for you. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

I've lived in a variety of different cultures, in North America, Africa and now in Asia. I've discovered that faith in Jesus Christ is deeper than culture. It's deeper than personality, or education, or social circumstances. I have experienced the profound faith of many people from may different lands and walks of life. Faith in Jesus Christ is not like choosing what you will eat, but like choosing whether you will eat. Developing and increasing faith in Jesus Christ is a matter of learning and applying the gospel that He taught. Faith is like a muscle - it needs to be exercised regularly to be strengthened. Faith will be tested - things don't always turn out the way that you might expect them to - so if you expect to have faith, you have to work though some experiences that may initially feel like disappointments, but will finally turn out to be faith promoting. With faith in Jesus Christ, you will achieve things that you could never achieve without it. And among those achievements will be some things that you would never have otherwise set out to achieve. You will live a different life. You will see the Lord's hand in your life. You will find peace. You will find strength. And, from time to time, He will astonish you. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

I believe that Mormons - members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints - are the most Christian of people. I have very specific reasons for believing this way. 1. We believe in the literal person of the Savior. As He anciently appeared to His apostles after his crucifixion in a resurrected yet real body of flesh and bones, we believe He lives today. 2. We believe that Jesus Christ is actively leading his saints today as He reveals His will and directs the work of living prophets. 3. We believe that only through faith on the name of Christ, with integrity such that our actions and deeds follow our words, can we through His grace be cleansed from the effects of sin in our lives. 4. We don't limit the participation of Christ in our lives to what He taught anciently. We allow Him to speak to us today through additional revealed scripture, revelation to prophets, and inspiration to our own hearts through the Holy Ghost. Mormons are the most Christian of all people. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Often it seems that there is trouble everywhere we turn. What is the solution to the turmoil that we see in the world? Ultimately, to overcome despair each of us must place our faith in Jesus Christ, who overcame the world so that we may eventually be rescued from the effects of a fallen world. With faith in Christ, we have faith in the ultimate triumph of our righteous intentions. Faith is much more than a verbal declaration of our acceptance of Christ. We must accept Christ with integrity - our commitments and actions following our words. Let each of us commit to follow Christ, who lived a perfect life and lovingly sacrificed His life for the benefit of each one of us. Anything else is at best a half measure and will never be sufficient to overcome the world in our own lives. Show more Show less