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Hi I'm Ed

I grew up in Columbia, SC. I am an engineer and spent my career with USC. Was in charge of planning and constn. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am civil engineer, retired. I worked for 35 years at USC in Columbia and was responsible for building or renovating most the buildings on the Columbia Campus until I retired in 2005. My most rewarding project was to plan and build a new campus from a pine plantation for USC Beaufort on Hwy. 278. Not many have the opportunity to build a new campus from scratch. I have been a runner, a triathlete and have restored a number of old cars, particularly 1969 Mustang Mach ones. I still enjoy and appreciate a fine automobile. Married for 47 years, four children and 12 grandchildren. I am somewhat of a handyman and enjoy doing my own renovations at home and helping others with their projects.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converts to the Church. My mother was Baptist before becoming a Mormon. As I grew up in the Church I developed my own testimony of the gospel, of the calling of the prophet Joseph Smith and the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I attend church regularly and loved the association with the wonderful young people and the caring adults who were there for us. I have had many spiritual experiences that have confirmed my faith in this church. It has been such a blessing in my life and in the lives of my family members. When I was 19, I served a 30 month mission to Switzerland where I learned to speak German and to teach the gospel to those who were interested. My faith became even stronger through this experience. Since my return from Switzerland, I married a wonderful Mormon girl in the Salt Lake Temple for time and for all eternity. We got our education and have four great children who have given us 12 grandchildren. My greatest joy in life is knowing that if we are faithful, we will be together with our entire family in the next life for eternity. That is the main reason I am a Mormon. I have a testimony of eternal families and faith that we can be together forever. I have a testimony that Joseph Smith was called of God to be a prophet and an instrument in the Savior's hands to restore his church and gospel to the earth, just as He established it in New Testament times. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that it contains the fullnes of the gospel. I know that we have a prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson, who leads the Church under the direction of the Savior himself. I know the Church is true and love it and want to share it with all that I know!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving and helping others as well as trying to keep the commandments and being an example for my family and others. My wife and I serve in the Columbia Temple, we serve in the Columbia SC Bishop's Storehouse, we have callings in the congregation where we worship. I teach the men's priesthood group on the fourth Sunday of each month. My wife and I also visit several families in the church each month to assist them in anyway we can to teach them a spiritual message each time. We love the families we serve and enjoy visiting with them. We have both held many callings in our lives and have always served as called. We love the Church and try to live as best we can to exemplify the teachings of the Savior.