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Hi I'm Edward

I'm a missionary. I'm a runner. I'm a baker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have three sisters and two brothers and I love them and love hanging out with them. I am serving a mission in Belgium and the Netherlands right now. I lived in the Netherlands with my family when I was young, and to have the chance to go back as a missionary is a real blessing. I love to cook, and I especially like baking. I spent summer as an editorial intern for a cookbook about preserving, and then worked as the student cook and student baker for my college. I really enjoy working with my hands. I worked on an alfalfa farm for 4 months, and I loved it. Nurturing a newly planted field, fixing irrigation pipes, and bucking haybales, I have come to really respect hard workers, and those who take pride in careful work. I often find myself losing focus or feeling overburdened when I am working, but my role models (my brother, my Savior, my best friend) never give up. I love to travel. My dad's work took us around the world when I was growing up, and so I have really come to love learning new languages and eating new foods. I love to read. I read all the time, and then some. I especially like old books, and the way old paper smells. I love to run. I love the feeling of wind in my hair. It is easy for me to spend too much time plugged in, but when I go running, I see the beautiful world that God has blessed us with, and it is such a joy to be a moving, breathing part of that Creation.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because when I read the Book of Mormon, when I go to church, and when I listen to the prophet, I feel a peace that soaks all the way through me. Being a Mormon gives me hope, and knowing that I have a part in God’s plan gives me the courage to keep going when I feel lost. I was raised Mormon, but in the end, everyone has to make the choice for themselves. One night, I decided to make that decision. I prayed to know whether the Book of Mormon was true, and I received an answer to my prayer. I felt exhilarated. I read the Book of Mormon for hours that night. I didn't want to put it down. Knowing the reality of what I felt that night has been a great strength when I have had doubts or gone through difficult times. I know that I have a Heavenly Father who knows each of us personally and loves us. I know that Christ lived, died, and was resurrected, and that he is my Savior. I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are true, and that by studying them and by applying their teachings to our lives, we can find purpose and meaning. I know that Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet of God, and that he restored the church of Christ in its fulness. Knowing these things has brought joy into my life.

How I live my faith

Right now I'm a missionary. This means that I'm putting college on hold and spending two years sharing the blessings that I've received from Jesus Christ with other people. It's a full-time job (24/7), and I don't get any time off, but it's one of the best decisions I ever made. Before I left on my mission, when I was studying at college, I taught a sunday school class to the teenagers in my congregation. It was a pretty humbling experience to have to teach people who were only a few years younger than me but I grew a lot, and I felt like I learned a lot from my students.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Edward
I believe that families can be together forever. Through the ordinances of the temple, families can be sealed together for eternity. I really love my family. There's a unity and love among us that comes from knowing that we can be together forever. I have learned so much from my brothers and sisters, and my parents offer to me an example of the kind of life and happiness that I want for myself. The more that I draw close to my family, and the more that I learn about my ancestors, and the more that I do my best in preparing to be a husband and a father, the more I am convinced of the eternal nature of the family. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Edward
Yes, I am a Christian. I believe that Christ was atoned for the sins of the world and died on the cross, and that he lives. He loves each and every one of us, and if we reach out and take his hand, he can lead us back to our Father in Heaven. When I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I promised to take upon myself the name of Christ (to become a Christian), to keep his commandments, and to remember Christ always. I am very much, and always will be, a Christian. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Edward
In the Book of Mormon, there is a scripture which reads " . . . he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him . . ." (2 Nephi 26:33). Jesus Christ invites every one to be baptized and to experience the fulness of his love. Many people, however, never have the chance to choose for themselves whether or not to be baptized. We believe that through proxy baptisms, we can offer those people the opportunity to choose for themselves, to accept or decline the blessings that come through baptism. It is a sacred work, and I am grateful for it. Show more Show less