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Hi I'm Ed.

Born in Hawaii, I retired from the Honolulu Police Department. I'm a husband, father, lawman, love animals, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Since retiring from the Honolulu Police Department, I've added another 11 years to my law enforcement career, a job I still enjoy doing. I appreciate the outdoors and spent more than 20 years as a scout leader. I met my wife after returning to Hawaii after serving a mission for the church and have 3 children, 2 of whom also served missions. In my spare time, I like to take long drives to places I have not been before. There are so many places in close proximity or not too far distances that offer so much that one can enjoy. Who knows, you may even get a day hike in! I enjoy backpacking and getting away from pavement and concrete. Most of all, I enjoy my family. With some being far away, I think those that have their family close by should enjoy the blessings. From cats, dogs, rabbits, horses, other wildlife, I love animals.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 10 years old, my parents were converted and baptized. I was also baptized. When I was 18, an interesting thing happened in my life. I was in my first year of college when my Bishop asked me if I would consider serving a mission. It was something I had not prepared for nor considered. Though I had been baptized at 10 years old, I had never sincerely prayed about Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon or the teachings of the Mormon Church, but to my credit, I did live the principles I had been taught. When I informed the Bishop that I had not prepared for a mission, and that it was a difficult time with my father being in Vietnam, he asked me to "pray about it". I returned to my dorm and did as the Bishop asked. While no one was around that might hear me, I kneeled in prayer. I spoke to my Heavenly Father as though he was in the room with me. I asked Him if Joseph Smith was a Prophet, if the Book of Mormon was true and if this was the Restored Gospel as I had been taught. I also asked if I should serve a mission. For the first time in my life, I sincerely sought answers to these questions. While praying, I was overcome by the spirit or feeling that I had never experienced before nor have I experienced since. It was indescribable. I was only 18, but because of that prayer and "feeling" I did serve a mission. Because of that confirmation, I know God answers prayers. I know that I received a glimpse, though miniscual by comparison, of what Joseph Smith experienced when he too inquired of the Lord. I know God is our Father, that he lives, and that as his children, he wants us to know the truth. I know that if we seek with diligence and with sincere intent, the Holy Ghost will help us to discover that truth, because it is out there. I know the Lord placed Prophets on the earth anciently to help his people and that as a living God, why not today? It makes sense. I know where I came from, why I'm here, and that there is life after death. I am, because I know its true.

How I live my faith

Presently, I am the Ward Mission Leader. I work with the full time missionaries in the area in finding those who wish to learn more about the gospel. I am also a Home Teacher. Don.t be confused by the term "Home Teaching". As a Home Teacher, I have families assigned to me that I visit each month, with the responsibility of seeing to their needs. Most male members are assigned as Home Teachers and sometimes I assist other Home Teachers in organized service projects. This may be as simple as helping someone with cleaning their yard, a garage sale or painting a house. Prior to being the Ward Mission Leader, I worked with the Scouting Organization. I did this for more than 20 years, working in every capacity imaginable. Sunday is a big day for me. I love to go to church. There, I have an opportunity to partake of the sacrament to remind me of the love and sacrifice of our Savior, and to show my love for Him by living the commandments. On Sunday, I put my day to day work behind me, mingle with my fellow saints, receive direction from inspired leaders, and get my battery recharged before once again stepping into a new week. Being a Christian and Mormon is not just a Sunday thing. It's a way of life.