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Hi I'm Steve Edwards

I'm a retired police officer and live with my wife Fiona in the English county of Northamptonshire.

About Me

I am a father of 4 (1 daughter and 3 sons) and grandfather of 5 (3 boys and 2 girls) and husband of 1 lovely wife. I retired from law enforcement in 2007 after a 30-year career with roles which saw me working on the river police (River Thames), as a Scotland Yard detective and as a member of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (UK's FBI), among many other interesting postings. On retirement I took up a position as head of law enforcement relations with eBay UK covering the UK and Ireland. In the summer of 2012 I worked on the the athlete security managment team of the London 2012 Olympics security operation. My hobbies include traveling with my wife, shooting and playing the guitar rather badly. I also enjoy outdoor activities such as bushcraft and I love to help out on church youth camps whenever possible. In 2004 I was awarded membership of the Order of the British Empire for services to the police. My family and I were able to attend a special investiture at Buckingham Palace for the medal ceremony and where I was able to meet and speak with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth as she made the award. two of our sons served as Mormon missionaries - one in the scorching heat of the Mesa Arizona area in the US and another in the freezing cold of the Arctic Circle in Norway. In 2014 my wife and I moved to a small village in the English countryside to enjoy early retirement and work in volunteer roles with the church, National Trust and the local museum.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church as a child at the age of 11 when my parents were converted. Our family's conversion to the gospel came after my parents thought it would be an interesting experiment to pit the wits of the proselyting LDS missionaries, who had tracted our house, against a couple from a different proselyting religion, so they arranged for a follow-up appointment from both pairs on the same evening. They were so impressed with the knowledge, spirit and dignity of the two young Mormon elders that our family joined the church a short while later. A few years ago, after a 45-year absence, I managed to track down the missionary who baptised me through a social network and it was a pleasure to get back in touch and have a brief reunion when he and his wife recently visited the United Kingdom.

How I live my faith

In spite of a life-time career as a police officer I am still strangely shy of speaking to strangers about my religion in unprompted circumstances. I have never shied away from letting my friends and colleagues know about my faith and have always sought to be a good example to them of what to expect of a Latter-day Saint. I strongly believe in the importance of leaving a 'trail of receptiveness' behind us as we come into contact with new friends and colleagues etc, throughout our lives. I'd like to think that if the missionaries ever came across an acquaintance of mine that they would be greeted with the words, "Ah yes, I know someone who's a member of your church please, tell me more". It's a long-shot I know, but maybe one day... As a Latter-day Saint I've had the opportunity - as most do - of serving in a number of lay-positions. One of the most rewarding was as bishop of a congregation in South-London. It's difficult to explain to people how giving up so much of one's spare time in church service can be so rewarding and - yes - enjoyable! But it is, and the church encourages all of its members to immerse themselves in some form of service or community activity.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Steve Edwards
Being in a position to take care of myself and my family has always been important to me. The church teaches us the importance of prudent living - living within our means - and planning our finances carefully. I remember the feeling I had as a young man many years ago - about a year after I got my first credit card. What a mess I got into and I vowed that it would never happen again. Since then, apart from my mortgage, I've scarcely owed anything to anyone. My motto has been, "If I need something, I'll save up and buy it". Now, that's not church policy speaking but it's served me well over the years and I know my family and I have been happier as a result. My family have a fairly decent supply of emergency food and equipment - certainly enough for us not to be a burden to the authorities if some sort of disaster struck and other more vulnerable people needed help; we've even managed to put some aside for our neighbours in case they need it (they don't know it yet!). After the Japanese tsunami hit I went out and bought an inflatable yacht life-raft. My wife said that was a bit extreme. She's right as usual. Anyone need a second-hand life-raft? Show more Show less