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Hi I'm Ed

I was raised in Arizona on a Ranch. Later I went to College and became a CPA and now I am retired. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been retired for several years and my wife and I are caregivers for her 91 year old mother living with us for the past two plus years which occupies some of our time. Along with that I keep busy with various projects and volunteer work and we live near our three kids who are married and grandkids which at times can keep us busy and 'worried' as to their welfare. I have trouble with doing and completing everything I would like to do such as writing a personal history of me and other family members, doing family history work, categorizing and putting on CD old family pictures of ancestors to give to extended family and posterity to name just a few. I often comment to others that I don't know how I got anything done before I retired because i'm just as busy now as I was then. But we have been very blessed, all things considered, in our lives through the years.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. My parents were members as were other ancestors, and I was baptized and confirmed a member at 8 years old. Notwithstanding we attended church throughout my childhood and early teens I became inactive at about 16 years old and attended on occasion until about 25 years of age or so. I believed but did not have a strong committment or what we call a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ or the truthfulness of this Church. At age 25 I graduated from college and attended Church as a single adult to socialize with other single adults. But at about 29 or 30 years of age I borrowed some cassett tapes of The Book Of Mormon and listened to them on a 1 1/2 hour drive I made each week. I had never before read The Book Of Mormon all the way through. That's right! I had never read it all the way through. I don't remember how many trips it took to listen to it all the way through, perhaps two months or more. But that experience changed my life. By the time I finished listening to the tapes over the many weeks the Holy Ghost had born witness to me of it's truthfulness many times. And my testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and His devine mission as the Savior of the World was strong. It has been said by a scholar at Brigham Young University that The Book Of Mormon makes a reference to Jesus Christ either directly or indirectly on the average every one and one-half verses. After this experience the rest of the truths seemed to fall in place. I know that the Savior restored His Church through the Prophet Joseph Smith and that it's lead by a Prophet today. That's why I am a member and am involved every Sunday.

How I live my faith

Now I actively participate in church meeting whereas before I did not. It might be in a class either as a teacher or student making comments. It may be in a Sacrament Meeting as a speaker to the congregation. When I'm asked to do certain things I always try to be available and to fullfill assignments requested. The two ongoing assignments (we refer to these as callings) are with the High Priests in the Ward. We do monthly visits to members to look after and be of help if needed and we instruct each other in a Sunday meeting. The other calling is with the Welfare Farm and involves administrative duties such as paying bills My parents always instilled in me a love of country and patriotism with appreciation of those that served in the military. Especially those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. I also like to keep up on what's going on in the community and always making my voice heard through email and casting votes at election time.