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Hi I'm Ed

I grew up in Idaho, served in the Navy for 25 years in submarines, and then worked in the defense industry. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Being born and raised in Northern Idaho seems like a strange background for a career naval officer, but that's what happened. After graduating from college with a BS(EE), I spent the next 25 years in the navy, mostly in submarines. That career included a tour in Viet Nam and picking up a master' degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon retirement from the Navy, I worked in the defense industry for another 15 years for General Dynamics Corporation, still in submarines. Along the way we had four children; one is now a Vice President of Research and Development for an electronics firm, one is in the State Department, a daughter is married to a career Naval Officer and one is a Chief Prosecutor for a District Attorney. Comfortably retired now, my wife and I enjoy traveling and golf. My hobbies include woodworking, astronomy, photography, fishing and maintaining our five acre homesite. We are fortunate to have a cabin on a Northern Idaho lake which provides a great place for all of the family to congregate in the summer.

Why I am a Mormon

I belonged to a protestant church and my wife was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) when we got married after college. I had had the missionary lessons several times from high school through the next ten years, but had a problem believing that the Book of Mormon was true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. When I was about 30, I was assigned to a Naval shipyard as a Ship Superintendent, responsible for overseeing and coordinating the overhaul of a nuclear ballistic missile submarine. During the routine tours of the submarine, I noticed one particular welder whose job was to install a new tank in the bottom of the submarine; Harry was a unique individual. Despite crowded, cramped and hot conditions inside "his tank", he was always cheerful and had the best work ethics of anyone I had met. We became good friends in the bilge of that submarine. About the same time, my wife's Bishop asked if I would be willing to hear the missionaries again. I agreed, with the full intent of proving them wrong. The day came when they were to arrive for the first lesson. The doorbell rang and I went to answer it. To my great shock, one of the missionaries was Harry the Welder. My heart melted as I strongly believed that he would not lead me astray. Over the next few weeks the Holy Ghost bore witness to me that the Book of Mormon was true and that Joseph Smith was a modern day prophet of God. Thanks to my wonderful wife whose unwavering example of faith led me to the gospel and the testimony a a special missionary, I accepted the invitation to be baptized.

How I live my faith

One of the most visible differences between my former protestant church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is that the church is "run" by the members themselves. There are no paid clergy. The members are asked to serve an various positions. As a result, I have been a Sunday School teacher, been involved with youth programs including Boy Scouts, and have served in many administrative and leadership positions. My wife and I have served in Temples and served a full time mission in the Boston area several years ago teaching unemployed or underemployed people skills to improve their interviewing, resume writing and generally where and how to obtain employment. Throughout all these assignments and experiences, the thing that stands out to me is that this is a church that cares about individuals. People are not simply a name on a list, but are loved and cared for as individual people of great worth. It is personally very satisfying to be able to participate in the programs of the church. In addition to the church service, members are encouraged to be active in the community. I have been involved in the United Way, the Boy Scouts of America at local and District levels, several boards and committees at our state university, a service club and professional organizations.