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Hi I'm EJ

I am ADD/ADHD,a Drop Out, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Veteran, an Auburn Grad,a Hurricane Katrina survivor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Slidell Louisiana eating crawfish and swimming in the bayous, going to summer bible school, hanging with my friends. As an undiagnosed ADD/ADHD youth, I made a lot of bad choices including dropping out of high school in the 9th grade. I turned my life around when I married my childhood sweetheart-Kyla at the age of 18 ( whom I love with all my heart for the last 26 years), joined the Army and served honorably. After the Army, I used my GI Bill to get a degree in Building Science from Auburn University. While a student I was reactivated in my church by a great friend- my home teacher. Since then I have been blessed to have 5 wonderul children, and 4 grandchildren. I have been blessed to be a builder of great buildings, and great people and loving every minute of it! I love to give back to the community especially to troubled youth that may be in similar situations as my youth. I had the opportunity to overcome adversity again in 2005 when I went through Hurricane Katrina. I will never forget the lessons of life that I learned during my experiences with this natural disaster including determination, service to others, caring, devotion, and the spirit of God how it can help us overcome any challenges that we face in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been blessed with the opportunity to attend several different churches throughout my life, and I enjoyed all of them. I have always loved to feel the spirit of our savior, and I have been able to recognize it through almost all churches that I have attended. I have noticed that I feel the presence of the spirit much stronger within the walls of the Mormon Church than I have ever felt anywhere else. The feeling of peace is always there, and I have learned that the feeling of peace is a direct gift from the Savior, and the adversary has never known what it feels like, so anytime we feel peace, we know that it is from our savior. I recently read the Book of Mormon of the first time in my life, and I was able to gain total clarity on the purpose of life. I have never ben interested in receiving a crown of jewels or rewards after death. What I have learned by reading the Book of Mormon and being a Mormon is that our lives are blessed right now as we live righteously and follow the saviors example. Because of being a Mormon, I am now able to recognize the Saviors hand in all the blessings in my life. I know that when I feel joy in peace it is because of the Savior's atonement, and because I am following his teachings. What a great feeling it is to know the purpose of life. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a member of this church and how it has blessed my life.

How I live my faith

Since becoming an active member of my church I have served as a Primary worker with young children under 12 years old, I have worked as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America. I have worked with the young men ages 12 to 18 years old and it has blessed my life. The youth of the world are our future, and I feel blessed to help them with the challenges they face daily in this world. I am currently working with the young men 12 to 14 years old. Working with the youth gives me an opportunity to help teens that may be going through difficult times in their lives including peer pressure, divorced parents, single parent homes, etc. So many children are suffering, and all I want to do is give them a small glimmer of Hope. Faith, Hope and Charity. As a member of my church I have an opportunity to help other families that I am responsible for as a Home Teacher I visit with them at least once a month. when I visit with them I am mainly there for them as a friend, a person they can trust and confide in. They are like my own family, my brothers and sisters of the church. As an extended family,we look outy for each other, and it gives us a since of belonging, security, and love. Helping them most of the time blesses my life more than it does theirs. I am thankful for the opportunities that I have to help my brothers and sisters of the ward family, and this is how I live my faith.