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Hi I'm Ed

I am 6'7" tall, love basketball, fishing and my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a PACS manager for a medium sized hospital. My career back ground is in IT. I have been playing basketball since I was a kid. I began playing guitar about 20 years ago but still have a long way to go before I'd call myself a guitar player. I also enjoy wood working and RC hobbies. I have 4 kids and a wonderful wife. We've been married for over 17 years. I served an LDS mission in Italy, which is still one of the most important thing in my life. I am very grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, but I believe that each of us has to "get it" for ourselves. I went though times of doubt and questioning everything as many teenagers do, but I always stayed close to the Church because of the peace and comfort I felt there. Most of my closest friends were Mormon and those who were not still lived up to high standards. So when times of doubt and worry came, I had really good friends there to help pull me through. I know there are terrible things that go on in this world, but I have never questioned why God lets bad things happen. Instead I ask why do people choose to do what they do, or what can I do to help others who are suffering. I learned that attitude and hope at Church, from wonderful teachers and friends. I think the most important reasons I am a Mormon is because of the hope and faith that I have that my family will be a family forever. That is our goal of all goals, it is not about the specific "do's" and "don't's", it is about finding the joy of having a happy family here on earth and continuing that family for ever. A lot of peace comes to me because of that hope.

How I live my faith

My "job" in the Church is to work with the 10 year old scouts, the Webelos. I and another den leader teach those boys the basics of just about everything they are going to learn and experience in school. Some of the topics come easy, like sports, academics and family living, because we are familiar with the topic. But others are more difficult like, geology, some of the science and first aid. But it is so exciting watching these boys grow into young men and continue on in life. I try to be the cub scout leader that I want my own boys to have someday. To me, being a Mormon is not so much about what we do on Sunday at Church. It is not about the leadership position we hold, what were are teaching about in Sunday school or anything like that. Those things are important and I appreciate those who give so freely of their time and energy. But it is more important how we treat people outside of Church, it is more important how much we give of ourselves to our neighbors, it is even more important how we think about others in our own minds. It is easy to look like good people for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon, the real way we live our faith happens when were are alone, away Church and faced with difficult choices.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

How different this world would be if every child had a loving Mother and Father as they grew up. I was blessed with wonderful parents who taught me b example how to live. One of our Church leaders said that it is the mother's job to teach children how to live in a home and the father's job to teach the how to live outside of the home. I take this to mean that mothers are so important to children because they learn how to communicate, love and care for others. What a beautiful and important responsibility. We Mormons tend to place great honor in the role of a mother. Some people may question why women to not hold positions of leadership within the Church, but if they knew the truth they would know that every leader in our Church honors their wife or mother more greatly than any other person in the world. As a father, I feel it is my responsibility to teach my children how to deal with life outside of the home. Things like how to prepare for a career, how to deal with bullys or bad influences. In my family I am blessed to be able to have a wife that stays home with the kids so I spend more time outside of the home than anyone else. I try to use what I have learned while working to teach my children how earn their own living someday. My wife and I work as a team to provide physical and spiritual safety to our children. I know that could not do it alone and I pray for those who must. Our children are our most precious gifts. Show more Show less