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Hi I'm Edna Lou Eames

I'm a fifth generation "believer" in Joseph Smith. I'm from Washington DC but now live on a farm in Southeastern Idaho.

About Me

I grew up in the Northeast and am one of six children. Saturday mornings in our big family home consisted of waffles, story-telling, music, and lots of chores. I graduated from Brigham Young University in 1958 with a dual degree in Psychology and Sociology. Today, I am the mother of 10, grandmother of 42, and great-grandmother of 20. I collect antique pitchers, recipes from friends, and letters from my grandchildren serving missions all over the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that at age 14, Joseph Smith saw and spoke to God, who is my Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. From this experience, he learned that God has a body of flesh and bones like us, and that Jesus Christ, who is His son, also has a physical body. Joseph learned that God knew who he was and that he answers prayers. He also learned that he should not join any church at that time, but that God would help him to restore to the earth the same gospel that Jesus Christ taught when he lived upon the earth. Several years later, Joseph was given an ancient record detailing the history of a people who had lived in the Americas some 600 years before the birth of Christ. I believe that after he was resurrected, Jesus Christ visited and ministered to these people, in addition to the Jews. He taught them his gospel. This gospel, which provides purpose for my life, consists of developing faith in Jesus Christ. I know he has the ability to do what he promises he will do. I also believe that Jesus Christ experienced my pains of all kind, including the pain that comes from making mistakes, so that I can transform my heart and life and become more like Him. This privilege is available to everyone who is baptized by the proper authority, and is followed by receiving the permanent gift of God's Spirit to guide and direct their lives as long as they keep His commandments. The purpose of life is to obey God's teachings and in so doing, to qualify to live with Him again. As we follow the advice of God's living Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, we will be happy and prepared to face life's challenges.

How I live my faith

For the past 56 years, I have visited women who attend my congregation each month, leaving them a message of Jesus Christ and providing help to them and their families as needed. I have spent most of my time leading organizations for the women and children of my church. Because I understand the ministry and teachings of Jesus Christ, I try to help others in my church and community because it makes me happy. I want to be like him, so I try to serve others.