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Hi I'm Ned

I'm a Mormon. I lived in Egypt and Liberia when I was little. I grew up in Virginia and now own my own Printing Company.

About Me

I'm a husband and father of three boys and a little girl. The three boys have all graduated from college now, but my daughter is still in high school. I thought I knew all about parenting with my three boys, but my daugther has taught me that I have a lot more to learn. I've been active in Boy Scouts almost my whole life and enjoy the outdoors. I own my own business along with a couple of partners. We've been pretty successful over the last ten years and I'm beginning to think about retirement.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church in 1979 when I was 25 years old. My mom had dragged me along to a lot of different churchs while I was growing up, but they never made any sense to me. I never understood why good people like Ghandi couldn't go to heaven because he didn't belong to that particular church. When I was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I was pretty skeptical. The thing was, everything I learned about the Church made sense. It had answers to all my questions. But even that wasn't enough to get me to change. Then I went on a business trip and took a copy of the Ensign, a church magazine, along. I read the magazine on the plane and every story I read made me cry. I was pretty macho, so crying was pretty extraordinary. Now I know that what I was feeling was the Holy Ghost. It made me feel loved. That sense of being loved tipped me over the edge and prompted me to be baptized. As the years have passed my faith has grown and my understanding of God's plan for me has increased. My life has been full of experiences that confirm and reconfirm the truth of this gospel.

How I live my faith

I have worked with young people ever since my first son was born. Some of the time I've served as a scout leader and sometimes in other capacities. It is always a challenge to keep ahead of a bunch of young men. They have so much energy and enthusiam. Although most of the young men I work with are happy and healthy, some have made some choices that make then unhappy and depressed. There is nothing more satisfying to me than to put an arm around these young men and let them know you really care about them. Not only that, that they have a Father in Heaven who loves then and will watch over them if they will just give him the chance. Serving in the church has been one of the greatest joys of my live.