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Hi I'm Ed

Husband and father of 5 grown children. Retired from dentistry and now enjoy days filled with hobbies, reading, sports, people.

About Me

I am the oldest of 5 children, and grew up in sunny Arizona. I attended college at BYU, Georgetown Dental College, The University of Michigan for post doctoral dental speciality training, and SouthWest Texas State University for a MS in Education degree. I served our country as a dentist for 30 years in the USAF, with several years teaching in a dental resident program. I served a mission in Washington DC, and later returned there for dental school, employed after school hours as an elevator operator in the US Senate Office building. I enjoy traveling and have lived in Japan, England and Shemya Alaska with military assignments. My interest now is in restoring antique clocks, both time function and old wood cases. I especially enjoy recognizing the value of neglected, derelict clocks and bringing them back to life.

Why I am a Mormon

At this stage of my life, 70 years old and much of my life history completed, there is a tendency to look toward what happens next. Great confidency and happiness is gained with an understanding of what has been the purpose of our earthly trials and experience, and what happens when a man dies. The Plan of Salvation greatly dismisses the apprehension of death, and in fact gives a sense of anticipation as I can look forward to living with Christ with family and friends. Even though my personal faith and testimony has been gained by my individual study and prayer, I am deeply indebted to the example of faith given to me by my pioneer ancestors. They had a testimony of the truthfulness of the calling of the prophet Joseph Smith and the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Their faith gave them reason to endure great physical hardships as they journeyed across wilderness plains to the Salt Lake valley, through ice, snow and heat, in horse drawn wagons and pulling handcarts, and they did not waiver. These stories have given me strength as I endure the hardships of my life, knowing that someday I will be in the presence of these great pioneers, and not wanting to tell them I subcummed to trials so small in comparison to theirs. I am a Mormon both due to the example of faith of my ancestors, and my own personal testimony with feelings of faith gained through my efforts.

How I live my faith

As I mature in my life, living the teachings of Christ is important, but also important is understanding the purpose behind these teachings. This has led me not only to keep the commandments and covenants I have made, but to try to become more like Christ in all I do.  Charity and compassion for those in need, and giving of my time, talents and resources to others in my church callings, have become goals of my life. This generation of youth has great challenges as they are confronted with decisions that may be in conflict with Christ's teachings. I am working in the Seminary Program, where we have a religious instruction class for youth of high school age, every day that their high school class is held. This fortifies the youth on a daily basis, and teaches them about Christ and his purpose for their lives. We also believe that families will be together for eternity and not only for this life, and I am working in aiding families to gain this eternal blessing. There is nothing that can provide feelings of happiness and joy better than having faith in Christ and your relationship with Him, and demonstrating that faith by serving others.