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Hi I'm Ed

I am a convert to the church at the age of 53. You can teach an old dog new tricks. I am a Morman and I am proud of it!

About Me

I am a mechanical and industrial engineer with an MBA. I have had my own business for most of my life. I have been consulting in database systems and business intelligence. I am a Viet Nam veteran. I served in the Navy as a Naval Intelligence Officer. I have only one child. Not your typical Morman family. She was adopted from China at the age of 13 months. She is about to graduate from Liberty High in Issaquah. She has been accepted at BYU Prove and will be attending there in the Fall of 2012. She also wants to go on a mission. This decision to go on a mission has been hers. We have put no pressure on her to go on a mission. However, we told her if she decided to go on a mission, we would support her decision. I am very proud of her. I mentor high school students in math and physics. I also mentor a young man in mechanical engineering at BYU Idaho. When I was a gradute student at the U of W, I enjoyed teaching. Mentoring has allowed me to continue my love of teaching. I love the outdoors, reading, math puzzles, and doing things with my daughter. I love providing service to others and do that as much as I possible can. The feeling I get when I do service is one of the best feelings I have ever enjoyed.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Presbyterian church when I was in high school. I attended this church and a few others over the years. I was not really happy with any church I attended. When we adopted Annie, we wanted her raised in christian environment. My wife was raised in the Morman church but stopped attending in her early twenties. Since I did not have a real close attachment to any church, we decided to attend the local Morman church. At first I went for the for the first hour, left for two hours to have a latte and then picked up my wife and daughter. As time went on, I stayed for the second and third hour. I found this time very informative and I enjoyed the companionship of the brothers and sisters I met. I came to appreciate these people and I hold them in the highest regard. During the gospel doctrine class two pieces of information came to my attention that made me sit up and really pay attention. The first was that the people running the church, bishops, stake presidents, etc were NOT paid leaders. They were tithing their time in service to the other members. Their positions were callings from the Lord and they changed periodically as needed. The second was that the church was organized the same way it was when Christ organized the church. This made total sense to me. If Christ estabished the organization, why would we allow mortal men to change this organization. When these two facts came to light, I got really excited and started look seriously at the church with the intent of joining it. After a short period I began the discussions with the missionaries. I was baptised shortly after that time. My daughter was 7 at the time. I was able to baptize my daughter about a year later. It was a wonderful experience. I have never looked back since the day I was baptized.

How I live my faith

I follow the Word of Wisdom and do not use drugs, alcohol, or strong caffinated drinks. This was an easy change for me since I did not use the first two at all. Once I made the decision to be baptized, I gave up coffee overnight. In prior attempts to quit drinking coffee I had withdrawal symptoms and after a period started drinking coffee again. This was so quick and easy with the help of the Lord. Over the last 10 years I have been called to serve in a number of positions in the church. These involved leadership positions, administrative positions, and support positions. In each calling (position) I have felt the help of the Holy Ghost in guiding me to make the correct decision regarding my work. In these positions, I have come to understand the leaders I first met and how they felt about tithing of their time in positions that often became almost a second job. I have always enjoyed the service I have been able to supply to people in my ward and our community. There have been many projects we (ward members) have worked on that were for community members and non members of our church. One of the most fullfilling positions was a calling to look after the single sisters in the ward. We had a number of older men die from cancer within a 3 year period. As the High Priest Group Leader, I worked with our Bishop, and was tasked to look after and work with these 3 sisters and other single sisters who had lost their spouses. All of my callings have been challenging and wonderful. I have enjoyed every one of them.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Ed
My daughter is adopted from China. She has always been welcomed into the church ativities by the men and women of the church. I have never seen in our ward or stake, any discrimination toward members of any race, creed, or color. Show more Show less