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Hi I'm Ed

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Currently, I am a senior manager at a telecommuncations company. Specifically, I am a project manager, ColdFusion programmer, and webportal designer. Also, I am a university professor in Information Systems/Information Technology and I teach project management, database design concepts, Windows servers, Microsoft SQL servers, telecommunications, intro to information systems, and web design. I was a space shuttle mission controller. I was a captain in the USAF as a meteorologist stationed in England. My hobbies are astronomy and physics. My favorite books are: "Where Troy Once Stood" by Wilkens, "The Book and the Map" by Priddis, "Morphic Resonance" by Sheldrake, "SubQuantum Kinetics" by LaViolette, and "Unconvential Flying Objects" by Hill. I love the Harry Potter series, Patrick O'Brian's books, and Robert B. Parker books. I also love Tall Ships, B24 Liberators, and the GIANTS. I am of scottish celtic and perhaps carpatho-rus descent.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I went to BYU for 2 years as a non-Morman (imagine that) since it had high moral standards. There I took the missionary discussions about 3 times, but could not tell what I was feeling about the church. I was at a cross road. The question in my mind was would I join just to be among these great people or to just belong or what. So my path took me down a long other lonely road for many years. I was in the world doing my own thing during of the 60's and 70's, then my wife died in our 2nd year of marriage. I was at a cross roads again with serious life questions to answer. Did I want to live or how could I live any longer? In a dream, she said for me to "go back." I needed to know where she was. I did not care what the truth was I just needed to know what was true. I just wanted to know the truth where ever it took me. I studied and searched religions and meditation. Later, I met my second wife who was very religious and who wanted to join a church. So we investigated many churches. I remember one that even met in a meadow on a hillside overlooking the pacific ocean. Later, we went to Jackson Hole for our honeymoon and on the way back we stopped by Salt Lake City and visted Temple Square. The concepts I learned years ago at my BYU missionary lessons flooded my spirit and I knew I returned to the truth and my wife felt the same way. I found answers to all my questions. Now I have a way to answers for any question by personal prayer, personal revelation, and a personal relation with the Holy Ghost and Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I treasure my relation with the Holy Ghost. I daily rely on revelation and the Holy Ghost for solutions and guidance. I treasure seeing my family strong in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Also, I treasure fellowshipping in the church with people of high standards. On Sundays, I sing in our choir (as bass), assist in Sunday school class setup, and I teach Sunday School lessons. We attend the temple near us. We pay 10% as tithing. We refrain from shopping on Sundays and spend that day with family. Each of our family keeps a personal journal of days. My wife makes scrap books of family and travels. We research family genealogy, now as far back as the 1600s. We try to read the scriptures each day and think how it applies to our lives today. In our home are family and religous pictures on the walls. We visit other local members of our church monthly and chat about the church and offer our help and friendship.

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

Consider, Pascal's Wager, also known as Pascal's Gambit in that a rational person should wager as though God exists, because one living life accordingly has everything to gain, and nothing to lose. Each of us has moments when we feel and know something from a spiritual realm. We cannot express it in words often. We come close by saying we know it to be true. One would say it is a premonition, a dream, or a feeling. When we reach out to explore what that is all about we will find our way to know there is a spiritual reality and there we will find God. Consider too evolution itself a concept of progression. Let us go back into the infinite past. Infinite progression brings about godlike beings, if so would not there be one more intelligent than them all. All logic fades away when we lose a loved one and we reach out across the beyond to them and then in our hearts we know they wait for us. Once we know we have a spiritual nature then the existence of God follows. If we sincerely want to follow God and want to know what is true, then eventually you will be led to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

To me priesthood is another name for willing service to selflessly do for others. I find myself asked by my family for a father's blessing and then I must reach into myself to answer this very question. Am I worthy to bless in the name of God. How can I bless another with authority and assurance. I remember that how I got the priesthood in a clear documented path all the way back to Jesus Christ. Show more Show less