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Hi I'm Ed

I grew up in Utah and Oregon, but now live in Waterloo Iowa. I love spending time with my family and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and spent my formative years in Utah and Oregon. After high school I moved to the midwest, where I decided to serve a full time mission when I turned 19. I was called to the Birmingham Alabama mission. Much that is good in me, can be traced to my experience during those two years. After my mission to help the people of Alabama, I met my wife and we made promises to honor, uphold and sustain each other for eternity in the St. Louis temple. From this union has sprung 5 children. The oldest is 9 and the youngest is coming up quickly on his first year. Our oldest son was diagnosed with an inoperable, terminal, brain tumor almost a year ago on December 22nd 2009 and has since passed away February 16th 2012. The doctrines of our Heavenly Father have had a powerul sustaining influence in my life since that heart wrenching day. I currently work for a major manufacturing company which does business globally for those who are "tied to the land". I graduated from the University of Norther Iowa in 2006 with a degree in Technology Management. I love to spend time with my family, read, and teach the gospel. My current church callings are to be a home teacher to three families, teach the 12 and 13 year old children during Sunday School in my home ward, and teach the Elders Quorum.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the gospel by good and faithful parents and baptized at the age of 8. During my mission I had experiences which solidified what I had long suspected, that God lives and Jesus is the Christ. I saw God move in majesty in my life and in others. My roots in Alabama and Mississippi grew deep (see Matthew 13). After my mission I fell in love 5 times, first when I met my wife and each subsequent time when she presented each of our four children. When I received the news that my oldest would most likely not celebrate Christmas in 2011 on earth, pen fails to tell what feelings settle in the bosom of that parent. I have taken great comfort in the doctrine of Christ. Man is eternal, and the way has ben prepared from the beginning to return to that eternal home from which we came. Christ, becoming the author and finisher of our faith, has restored the very gospel first given to Adam, and again in our day, to Joseph Smith. Yea, even the very gospel which Jesus Christ restored anew in the meridian of time. I am a Mormon because I understand that death entered the wold with Adam, and with Christ we have an answer to that death (both physical and spiritual). Though the Bible is replete with this doctrine, only in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do I find the ordinances laid down by the Savior for man to lay hold upon salvation; for here alone lies the Priesthood of God. Here alone lies the oracles of God. Here alone (and I have investigated many other religions) have I found that peace promised in John 14:27.

How I live my faith

I have been blessed to be able to teach. Right now I teach my family--a calling in which I never intend to relinquish. In addition to this I teach three other families in their home at least once per month, 12 and 13 year old youth during Sunday School once per week and a group of peers roughly my age which we call an Elders Quorum. This is a group of men which get together once per week and discuss how we can become better men, citizens, fathers and husbands. Noticing that the word of God has a greater effect upon the mind of mankind than anything else, we gather together to speak of these things frequently. With the youth and my peers, I have the opportunity at this time to lead these discussions. Soon the time will come when another will be called to do this, and so it goes. We all labor for that which we need to sustain life, and then, one day in seven we leave those labors and come together to be mutually edified. During this time, we learn that which we must do to hold up that Light which according to divine decree has been commanded us, and also to be able to give answer to that hope which dwells in us (see Matthew 5:16 and 1 Peter 3:15) This, in short, is how I live my faith.

What is faith?

I love the quote from 2013 General Conference from President Boyd K. Packer, "I have come to know that faith is real power, not just an expression of belief." Show more Show less