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Hi I'm Ed

I'm a husband and father of three sons. I'm an avid Wisconsin Badgers fan, a new doctor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the north woods of Wisconsin shortly before having kids, so I was raised as a member of the Church. I was born in the upper peninsula of Michigan, the second oldest of five brothers, but did most of my growing up in a small town outside Madison, WI (Go Badgers!). After graduating high school, I served as a missionary for two years in Rosario, Argentina. When I came home, I studied exercise science at BYU, where I met my super hot and very talented wife, Stefanie. After BYU, I took a year off from school, during which we had our first son, Jack, before starting medical school at the University of Wisconsin. During medical school, we added son number two, Will, and son number three, Ben. Now we're in Gainesville, FL, as I complete a four year anesthesiology residency at the University of Florida.

Why I am a Mormon

Initially, I was a Mormon because my parents were Mormons and, when you're a kid, you go to the church your parents go to. Eventually, though, I had to decide if the gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught by the Mormon church, was really what I believed or not. The impetus for finding out, for me, was when the decision of whether or not to serve as a missionary was looming in the not too distant future. If I was going to sacrifice two years of my life and the resources necessary to support myself during those two years, I was going to be darn sure it was for something I believed in. Long story short, I came to know for myself that Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers and that Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches the true gospel of Jesus Christ. I continue to be a member of the Church because what I learn there helps answer for me the questions of where we came from before this life, what our purpose is here on Earth, and what to expect after our time here. As I look out into the world, full of turmoil, conflict, and uncertainty, the Gospel of Jesus Christ gives me hope for the future and the assurance that a loving Heavenly Father is ever aware of our situation and eager to help us if we turn to Him. The direction and stability provided by the things I've learned at church have been invaluable in making me the person I am today.

How I live my faith

My faith influences all aspects of life, but particularly the three most important aspects of my life, which are family, work, and church service. As a father, I consider it a great blessing and responsibility to have been entrusted with three of Heavenly Father's spirit children to raise on this Earth. Although far from perfect, I try to pattern my interaction with my children on the relationship Heavenly Father has with his children, both as I have experienced in my own life and as can be found in the scriptures. At work, as a new physician, I try to continually remember the compassion the Savior showed to those around him, how He as a healer was no respecter of persons and provided his services to all those in need. While my job is to heal physically, I have found that simply showing genuine concern and empathy for patients and their families, as the Savior did, can lead to significant emotional and spiritual healing that will likely last longer than any physical healing can. In the Mormon church, since we have no professional/paid clergy, the responsibilities of running the local congregations is managed by the local church members. This gives us the opportunity to both teach and learn from one another and to be both the provider and recipient of service. Most recently, I served as the leader of the young men's organization for our congregation in Wisconsin. It involved organizing and carrying out weekly religious instruction on Sundays, weekly Boy Scout activities on Wednesdays, and many additional activities, such as camp outs, dances, and service projects throughout the year. The opportunity to watch, and in a small way, participate as these sons of our Heavenly Father developed from inexperienced and immature 12 year old boys to confident and strong 18 year old young men, learned in the ways of the Lord, was truly a privilege.