Hi I'm Ed
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.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Even though I was brought up in the Church, I did not start saying my own regular prayers until I was in high school and I still remember the day I began. I was running late for school and could not find the keys to my car ( '66 bug). I was frantic, frustrated and alone. Finally it hit me, I decided to try what my Church teachers had been teaching me for years, I knelt down and prayed for help. It was a simple prayer and I felt a little silly asking God for help with something so insignificant in the "Big Picture", but I did it any way. After I was done, I stood up and stayed calm for a second. I looked over and right there on my dresser were my keys. I was grabbed them and headed out the door, but stopped and knelt again. This time I said, "Thank you." From that day I have always said my prayers and tried to remember to say "Thank you" for all the help He has given me. This is one of the many times my prayers have been answered. It is a simple and wonderful thing to kneel and vocally express our thanks to God and to ask Him for guidance. I know that He listens. I know that He is always there ready to help, even a goofy 17 year old who is looking for his keys. If he was there that day for that simple act He is also there for the big things when we are scared, demoralized or about ready to quit. He listens and more importantly He answers, if we let Him. I know that is true. Just give it a try.
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.