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Hi I'm Ed

I was orphaned at an early age but blessed with a loving aunt and uncle who adopted me, had a wonderful upbringing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I am 59 years old and happily married with three grown children and two wonderful granddaughters. I am a medical oncologist and hematologist specialist in cancer care and blood disorders. I greatly enjoy playing the piano and organ, composing music, and singing. I have performed in a dance band for over fifteen years. I also enjoy riding my street bicycle, hiking, snowboarding and boating. I love to read when I can find the time!

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a Mormon because I believe that Joseph Smith was God's prophet, chosen and raised up to restore the ancient Church of Jesus Christ to the Earth, with all of the priesthood keys and ordinances necessary for the salvation of mankind. Living this restored gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed me with a wonderful relationship with my Heavenly Father and His Son, and has brought greater joy and peace into my life than anything else. I know that God is our literal Father in Heaven who created us and all things in the heavens and on Earth. I know that Jesus of Nazareth was and is His Almighty Son, the Savior of the world, who came to Earth to show us the way back home to our Father, and that He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross for all mankind. I know that through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance of our sins, we can be eternally saved individually and as families through the blessing of His great Atonement. One of the most important reasons I am a Mormon is that I have been sealed to my wife and sweetheart for time and all eternity in God's holy temple, and therefore, all of our children are also sealed to her and me forever.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as bishop of my ward, the basic unit of the Church, and there are about 430 members in our ward family. It is my blessing to minister to all within my ward on a daily basis, which I must coordinate with my work as a physician. I spend most of my time helping and teaching the youth of my ward, especially the teenagers. I also home teach three families in my ward, which means I visit personally with each of those families every month to bring a spiritual message from our prophet or from the scriptures, to check on their physical, financial and spiritual welfare, and to bless their household with a prayer. I have found much joy and satisfaction in serving my fellowman within and outside of the Church.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Ed
It is to receive a physical body that we can learn to care for and which will be resurrected after we have died. It is to learn the lessons of mortality such as faith in God, service to our fellowman, and to live the best that we know how with the knowledge that we receive and according to our conscience. It is to be tested to see how we exercise our God-given agency, whether we will make wise and good choices or poor choices. How we exercise our agency in mortality will determine what kind of life we shall live after we have died. Show more Show less