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Hi I'm Ed - "I'm a Mormon"

The spirit that comes from living the gospel of Jesus Christ has been my life’s compass and constantly brings me back to Christ.

About Me

I've been married over 35 years; I have 5 children and 9+ grandchildren. What a blessing my family has been to me. Words cannot describe the joy and love that I have for my family. I love the outdoors; fishing, camping, hiking, biking and flower gardening. When I’m outdoors, it’s like I’m in a bit of Heaven, I’m close to God. Everything outdoors; people, places and all of nature tells me there is a God and that he created all the earth for our benefit. There is no doubt in my mind that there is a God. Life for me has had its ups and downs. My professional career has changed 3 times; 20 year Navy man (submarines), then I struggled to find a job. I became a 15 year professional recruiter, and again, I found myself struggling to find a job. Now I’m a professional truck driver. It’s seems like making a living is not getting any easier. I mentioned earlier that the spirit that comes from the gospel of Jesus Christ is my compass: it’s true. I have gotten off track in my life a number of times, like derail off track! Yet through the love and mercy of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice for me, He has quietly and constantly steered me back on track. I thank God for His mercy and forgiveness. Being a member of the Mormon Church has been absolutely worth it for me. The fellowship that comes from being with other church members lifts me up. I’m a Mormon and I’m grateful for my membership in Christ’s church. I invite all to come unto Christ, He is worth the journey.

Why I am a Mormon

Let me start with a funny story associated with my conversion to the Mormon Church. The Mormon Church structure is very different from other Christian Churches. They have names for things in the church that took me a long time to understand. Example: the building I attend church in is called a ‘Ward’. A number of Wards makes up a ‘Stake’. If the local congregation does not have enough members to make a Ward, then it’s called a ‘Branch’. What other Christian Church uses such names :-)? When I was in high school, I became interested in God and religion. I was Christian, and I occasionally went to a Methodist Church. While I was investigating the church, A Mormon friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go to a church dance, which he called a ‘Stake Dance’. Stake; my mind immediately thought of ‘steak (food) and girls’, what a great combination! I accepted with hungry anticipation. That following Saturday, while at the ‘Stake Dance’, with the dance being half over, I asked my Mormon friend, “When are they going to serve the ‘Steaks’?” He looked at me and then just started to laugh and laugh. That’s when I found out that there was not going to be any steaks at this Stake Dance. It was at one of these stake dances that I met my future wife (Linda). Linda and I had many great conversations about religion: like my relationship with God and who He actually was. As a Christian, I knew God to be a Spirit and that Christ and God was the same person. I was always confused with Christ being God. It didn’t make sense to me. Who was Christ talking to in Gethsemane or on the Cross if He was God? Then I found out that Mormons believe the Godhead was made up of 3 distinct individuals; God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost and that God and Jesus Christ have bodies of flesh and bones and the Holy Ghost is a Spirit. All of a sudden, the Godhead made sense to me. I am a child of God and I am in the image of my Eternal Heavenly Father. Wow! I testify to this truth about the Godhead.

How I live my faith

Within the Mormon Church I have held many church duties; leadership, various teacher positions, ward missionary, and temple worker to name a few. My favorite role has always been that of a teacher. I believe my teaching skills are a gift from my Heavenly Father. I love teaching members and non-members about the Savior and his mission. I have a passion for helping people come to a personal understanding of who Jesus is and how they can develop a personal relationship with him. If I could leave a legacy, may it be reflective of “I helped people grow in Christ”. I am currently serving as my Wards Mission Leader. I work with our full time missionaries and our member missionaries in teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to investigators, our less active members, our new convert members, as well as long time church members. I have been involved in many community and church sponsored service projects. I am a member of the local Red Cross emergency response team. I love participating in church sponsored activities of all sorts; talent night, dinner socials, game nights, sporting events, and much more. Volunteering is second nature to me. There is a church hymn that resonates with me; “Because I have been given much, I too must give”. May my character always be a representation of that hymn! I am a Mormon. If we ever meet, ask me anything about our elder brother, Jesus Christ. I would love to share with you what I know of Him. I testify that He lives. He is our Savior and Redeemer and He knows and loves each one of us, personally, of this I testify, in His Holy Name, Jesus Christ, Amen.