Hi I'm Eddie
I live in Arizona, and have also lived in California and Utah. My family is priority to me. I am the ninth of twelve kids, and have fifty nieces and nephews, and also a great-niece, and great-nephew. I'm a native Arizonan, who enjoys to hike, explore and camp in all climates. I'm an astronomer who loves star clusters and the planets. I like to study just about any subject. My favorite subjects are chemistry, physics, geometry, language, and music. I play guitar and sing as well. I also enjoy photographing lightning. Choosing a specific direction to go as far as a career has always been a struggle for me, as I like to do just about everything. Although I have always had a passion for learning, getting into college has just not happened for me, but I hope to one day be able to go. I love to focus on a project, work with my hands and create designs for things. My curiosity to learn new things has led me to look at the world in a very different light. My desire to keep trying to accomplish a goal despite the setbacks has helped me throughout my life to seek for the silver lining in everything.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born into a very large Mormon family of 14, and yet we were still only the third largest family in our congregation, the other families being in number 16 and 18. Family has always been top priority for me, and that has helped me throughout my life to weather the storms that come to everyone. My parents taught me good principles to live by, and assured me that if I chose to live by those teachings, that God would bless me. I chose to live in a way that I would be able to serve as a missionary at 19 years old. I was called to go to Santa Rosa, California on a Spanish speaking mission for 2 years, on what proved to be 2 of the hardest, yet most wonderful years of my life. I never go a day without thinking about something that happened in that time, in that great experience. Although I have many family members as moral support for staying in my religion, there have been many hard times in my life when my family were not able, willing, or even did they know that I needed desperate help. It is through these times that I learned to rely on a Heavenly Father and an Elder Brother who were my truest, closest, capable family members that would show me how to make it back to them. I also look forward to the time when I can live again with my kindred dead, who I miss dearly, for these hopes are the ones that get me through some rough times. Because of the truths I have learned through my religion, and by the Spirit, I know that families are eternal, and that alone, for me, is plenty reason to be a Mormon.
How I live my faith
Today I met my new class of 11 year olds, as it is the first Sunday of the year, and my last class has graduated in a sense. I was given, or rather received a calling to be a Sunday school teacher of the 11 year old children. I prepare lessons about the gospel of Jesus Christ, of which there are manuals to help me, and I give them on Sunday in a classroom. This assignment, or calling as we call it, is a great opportunity to serve, and I receive always much more than I give in spiritual blessings. I love the kids, and teaching them each week is the highlight of my week.