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Hi I'm Edward

I'm a devoted husband, father and business owner, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a first generation Mormon that converted from the Lutheran faith in 1993. My beautiful bride and I married in 1992 and now have 3 wonderful children, 1 teenage daughter and 2 young boys who we adopted. Our family is sealed together for time and all eternity. I own a hearing aid dispensing business and enjoy improving lives daily, one person at a time. Our family enjoys camping, hiking, biking, swimming and traveling. My family and I have traveled to some wonderful areas in the world, including Mexico, Argentina, England, Ireland, China, Alaska, Canada and stunning Hawaii. I served a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm with the U.S. Army, and have great respect for my fellow servicemen and women, as well as peace officers and firefighters everywhere. I'm a strong believer in individual liberty, the right to our basic Constitutional rights, family as the basic and most important unit of society, and faithful marriage between one man and one woman. God bless America!

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the LDS Church after being introduced to the Lord's teachings from a friend at work. I always felt that religion should help provide structure and stability in a person's life, but instead I only experienced it as more of a social gathering. My belief that our God had not forgotten His children and could and should still speak through prophets was confirmed when I was introduced to the Mormon faith. I was also convinced that the literal teachings of Christ while on the earth (baptism by immersion, priesthood, clean living, personal accountability now and eternally, purity of little children, unpaid clergy & much more) were not only appropriate then, but now more than ever. I know the Mormon (LDS) Church is the Lord's restored church upon the earth. I know it is led by Prophets and Apostles, and lay clergy who receive continuing revelation for each of their stewardships. My faith also includes the knowledge that if I enter into sacred covenants with those I love and endure to the end, I will one day receive through Christ's perfect satisfaction of justice and mercy a crown of glory and exaltation - with my wife and children, if they remain faithful as well.

How I live my faith

I recently served in my community on the board of directors of our homeowner's association. This allowed me to provide selfless, unpaid service to my fellow homeowners that care so much about our community. I also have served in our local church congregation as a leader over the more mature husbands and fathers. My responsibilities are to help them make and keep sacred covenants, strengthen their homes and families, develop strong faith through group instruction, and reach out through home visits to ensure they are watched over like a good shepherd. I serve every Thursday morning at our local Temple to help those who want to help their ancestors eternally as well. I believe service in this life is so much more than all of the official callings or titles we are given, but can be as simple as a smile to lift the spirits of another, picking up trash that someone else left, stopping to help someone with car trouble, visiting someone that is sick, taking my boys to their sports practices and games, sitting to listen to my wife or daughter "vent", etc. etc. etc. Ultimately, I try to emulate the example of Jesus Christ in all I do.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Edward
Since joining the Church in 1992, I've actually done more service for those outside of the Mormon faith than in. Whether it was serving at a local food bank, a Ronald McDonald kitchen for sick children and their families, painting homes for less fortunate members of our local community or sand bagging around homes during floods, I've been serving shoulder-to-shoulder next to my Mormon brothers and sisters. This is not to brag, but just to point out that there are many ways to serve all around us, largely where the recipients are not Mormon. My heart is happy when I serve my fellow man, regardless of their faith or non-faith. I believe what we are taught in the scriptures...that when we are in the service of our fellow brothers and sisters, we are only in the service of our God. I love to serve God by serving all of His children! Show more Show less