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Hi I'm Ed

I'm a husband and a father. I'm am a finance executive. I grew up in the Midwest, in Saint Louis, Missouri. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am very happily married to Shelly, my best friend. I am a Dad, the father of five children (four girls and one boy). Four of our children are living, and they are "stair stepped" in age--20, 17, 14 and 9. After high school and an LDS mission, I attended Brigham Young University and received a degree in Business-Finance. I have worked in financial management for manufacturing firms. I am currently CFO of a privately held manufacturer. I love to spend time with my wife and children. I am a big baseball fan and my favorite team is the Saint Louis Cardinals. I like to write. I love to play pick-up basketball.

Why I am a Mormon

My Grandparents on both my mother's and father's sides of my family were converts to the Church in the Midwest U.S. My parents were both raised and active in the Church, and so I was born into the Church. Growing up, I listened and learned about the teachings and doctrines of the Church, and always felt a good feeling at Church. In my early teens, I realized that I needed to find out for myself if the Church was true. At about age 15, I began to study the New Testament. As I studied, I was impressed with and began to understand the Savior and his Atonement, and his sacrifice to overcome death through the resurrection. This was very powerful to me. As I finished the four gospels and got into the record of the workings and operation of the early Christian Church, I was impressed that this was how our Church operated--led by apostles and prophets, by revelation. The saints in the early Church were like our members of the Church today. I then read the Book of Mormon, beginning with the account of its origin and translation through the prophet Joseph Smith. When age 16, I was in my bedroom one afternoon, reading from the Book of Mormon. For the first time, I decided to pray to know if the Book of Mormon was true. As I knelt and prayed, I felt a powerful witness from the Holy Ghost that the book was true, and that the Church was true. This became an anchor in my life and affected everything I did in a very positive way. I decided that I wanted to serve a mission for the Church, to teach others about the Savior and his gospel. From age 16 to age 19, I prepared spiritually and financially to serve a mission. At age 19, I met with my bishop and stake president, and submitted my application to serve. I received a call to serve in the California, Los Angeles mission. I loved my mission and the people I met and served in Los Angeles. When I returned, I began college, and later met and married my beautiful wife Shelly. We were sealed together in the Manti, Utah temple.

How I live my faith

I love our Savior, Jesus Christ, and strive to follow him. I am grateful each day for his love and sacrifice for me, and for all that he has done for me. In my work life, I strive to work diligently and be honest in everything I do. I have loved serving in the Church throughout my life. I have served many years with the youth of the Church, specifically with the young men. I have worked with all age groups, the younger Boy Scout age boys, the middle teens, and then the older young men as they go through and graduate from high school. I love to teach them the principles and doctrines of the Savior, and to see them grow and obtain their own personal witness of him. I have also served in other callings in the Church, including with the younger primary age children, and with the adults. I have had the opportunity to organize and help with many activities in the Church, and these experiences and events have always been very positive. I am currently serving as bishop of our ward (a unit of the Church, like a parish). In this service, I get to work with everyone in the ward and to get to know and help many people. Sometimes the help is spiritual in nature, helping people develop their own faith, rely on and come unto the Savior. Sometimes the help is temporal in nature, helping people in need of food, housing, or clothing. My favorite time as a bishop is working closely with the youth. For example, we just completed our annual summer "youth conference", and took 25 youth on a trip to visit the Church sites in Salt Lake City. It was a wonderful experience, culminating in a powerful "testimony meeting" where the youth had an opportunity to share some of the the feelings of their hearts, their faith and testimony of the Savior. My service for the Savior has always brought great joy in my life. I have been blessed to be a small part of his work to help his children. I have felt the guidance of the Holy Ghost many times, and received many answers to prayers in his service.