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Hi I'm Ernie

I drive trains and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to my wife for 36 years, 18 of those years as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Prior to my conversion, I was raised by loving, faithful parents who raised me to be Catholic. I will never forget their examples of caring parents who taught me about respect, discipline and faith in Jesus Christ. I am grateful for that foundation that was prepared then that helped form who I am today. It was because of their efforts that I was able to recognize precious truths that came later that they did not have then. I am indebted to them and always will be for there good examples of loving parents. I pray that I will continue to pass that legacy to my 3 children. Even though I have driven trains for over 33 years, this is not what defines who I am. For I know that "I am Child Of God" and that knowledge coupled with an understanding of the important role of loving families is more important than any earthly recognition.

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager in high school, my best friends were Mormons even though I was not. Although at the time I never desired to become a Mormon, I knew that my friends and their families were good, honest, loving people who accepted me and my family for who we were, even though we were Catholic/Hispanics and they were Mormon/Caucasians. I later married one of those good friends. However, even then, I retained my beliefs and she kept hers. After our children were born, my wife raised our children as Mormons, which was okay with me because I knew that they were being taught good values and Faith in Jesus Christ. After 17 and 1/2 years of marriage, I knew it was time for me to either continue with my own beliefs or put her faith to the test. I set out to prove her faith wrong, comparing the Bible to the Book of Mormon. However, something happened as I compared the two. I could not deny the truthfulness of that Book. As I learned more and more about the Mormon faith, the Holy Ghost touched my heart. I now understood that I was a child of God, and that my purpose on this earth was more than just a human existence but that there was a Plan instituted before the creation of the earth that, I as a spirit child of a loving Heavenly Father, was given an opportunity to take upon myself a body of flesh and bones to house this spirit and to use agency ( the ability to choose between right and wrong ) to be tested and to grow and progress, to experience the joy of service and giving to others. And all this was possible through a loving Elder Brother, Jesus Christ, who atoned for my sins and give me the perfect example of service and of submitting my will to my Father in Heaven. I am grateful for that grace, mercy, condescension, and love that his been extended to me. It is because of that grace that my sacrifice and efforts can be acceptable to my Heavenly Father. As a member of His Church, I am taught this and other essential principles of exercising faith through works.

How I live my faith

"Living my Faith" is more than just an acknowledgement of being a "Christian". It is a firm determination to learn my duty as a disciple of Christ and to actively live that role by being a "doer of the word" and not just a "hearer". Because of the mercy and grace freely given through my Savior, Jesus Christ, I am able to put forth efforts acceptable to my Heavenly Father. It is because I know that my choices in this life will determine my eternal destiny as well as my joy and happiness on this temporal earth. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I am constantly given opportunities for spiritual growth by accepting "callings"of service in my ward, ( congregation ) family and community. As I grow, my faith continues to be anchored with action by humbly seeking to follow commandments with a Christlike love for my Heavenly Father and for all my brothers and sisters throughout the world. It is because of my membership in the Lord's church that I know who I am, where I came from, and where I am going. I am so grateful that I am taught the importance of being a "light" to the world and the importance of having a grateful, loving and giving heart. I live my faith because "I know that my Redeemer Lives" and because He does, I too will live. I know that there is no other way or means that I can attain eternal life but only through the Atoning Sacrifice of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Because of that, I pray that my faith and my "fruits" will be acceptable when the Book of Life is opened.