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Hi I'm Edith Ray

I have been an active member all of my life. I feel very blessed to be raised by parents who taught me the truth. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family moved to Idaho when I was six years old. I graduated from Burley High School in 1951. I was in the second grade when Pearl Harbor was bombed. I can still remember my teacher telling us what had happened the day before. We were involved in a lot of patriotic activities. We had to use the same lunch sack for two weeks. By the time the two weeks had passed, we had strings of paper left. I was in 4-H and our project was to make a dress. Material was difficult to find so my dad had me put an ad in the local paper. Two women offered to give me the yardage I needed. It was a great time to grow up, especially on a farm. We learned about patriotism and the ethic of work.I am very grateful for those experiences and while I was a teacher for fourth grade, I tried to instill in my students a love and appreciation for America and those who have given their all so that we may remain free.

Why I am a Mormon

I can't remember a time in my life when I did not have a testimony. My mother's family had been in the church from the beginning when Joseph Smith restored the gospel. My father was a convert. He had two great loves in the church. Scouting and genealogy which is temple work. From my earliest memories I was influenced by my father to look for our ancestors and to learn what ever I could find about them. I appreciate my ancestors, those who left Europe and came to a land where they had to start all over again and build communities that have been the building blocks of our nation and communities. I am of Scots-Irish descent and we have had family members fighting in every war that has happened in our nation's history. For them, I am deeply grateful for and I have seen two sons with careers in the armed forces and eight grandsons.

How I live my faith

Our church uses lay members to ensure the Church is run properly. I was eleven-years-old when I became the pianist of our children's organization and have had music callings ever since. I have also taught classes and held presidency positions in each of our auxillary organizations. My purpose in life has been to raise children up unto the Lord. We have five children, 34 grandchildren and great-grands are 42 and still counting. My husband and I served a mission in Indiana, Indianapolis after we both retired. Now, we spend our time working in the temple, doing research for our family. I am writing a family history for my grandchildren.