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Hi I'm Ed

I'm nuts about Notre Dame football, Indiana basketball, and NASCAR. I love coaching my kids sports teams and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of 7 kids. I am married to a loving and beautiful wife (and former dance partner from high school swing choir) and have 2 wonderful children, a 9 year old son, and a 7 year old daughter. I am a Registered Investment Advisor and my wife is a project manager for a drug company. In our spare time, we are usually at the town sports fields-my kids play soccer, football, and next spring my son is adding baseball to the mix of sports. In the "off-season" we're taking the kids to piano practices, cub scouts, and try to vist Florida once or twice a year (Siesta Key-best sand in the country!) I love to build stuff-it gives me an excuse to play with (and justify all the money I've spent on) all my power tools. Besides being a husband and a father, the best thing I've ever done is serve a 2 year mission for my church. I started in Panama, but the water got the best of me, so after a few months I was sent back to the states (Sort of, I was in Texas on the border. I remember in one town, all the road signs were in Spanish, some were in English). I will be forever grateful for the financial sacrifices my family made so that I could be a missionary.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom met with the missionaries before she met my father. She felt the spirit of the things she was taught by the missionaries that the LDS church is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and that the church is led by a prophet of God, who speaks with Him just as the prophets of old. My father learned about the church from my mom, and he was also baptized into the church. I had the privilege of growing up in the church, but, as we all do, had to make the decision myself if I believed what I was learning and if I would make the church a part of my life. Although there are times when it would be easy (or lazy) to sleep in on a Sunday morning and skip church, or be lazy and skip reading the scriptures each night with our kids, I know that if I skip these things, I am not doing what I need to do to be blessed with guidance and wisdom from God (And I think we all could use as many blessings as we can get!)

How I live my faith

I try to do some simple things each day. I read my scriptures (it may only be for 10 or 15 minutes), we have family prayer in the morning and again at night. We read scriptures as a family before the kids go to bed. Often times it may only be 1 or 2 verses, but it really is the thought that counts! I try to be the kind of person that people want to be around. As a wise man once told me, you have to have a balanced effort. If you go to an extreme in any one are of your life, you will be neglecting other areas.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

No. First of all, it would violate the Church's tax-exempt status (had to throw that one in, being a Financial Planner, I've got enough tax code crammed in my brain to kill a horse!). More importanly, due to the frailties and imperfections of being human, there is only one person wise enough to govern us both religiously and secularly, and that is Jesus Christ. To answer that a little sarcastically, picking politicians these days is choosing the lesser of two evils, and why would the church want to promote a lesser evil, even if it were over a more evil??? Show more Show less