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Hi I'm Elwood Norman Koivu

I was born in Michigan. Grew up in Arizona. I love to fish. Served in the Navy, but retired from the Forest Service.

About Me

I was born in 1933 in Mohawk, Michigan, which is as far north as you can go in the continental United States. We moved to Arizona in 1941. When I was growing up, my dad took me fishing and hunting. After graduating from high school I joined the Navy. Most of my time in the Navy was on the island Guam and on the USS 10 Yorktown, an aircraft carrier. After the Navy I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. degree in Forestry. I was in timber management and worked in Northern California for 27 years. I chose Northern California because of the good fishing.

Why I am a Mormon

I had some questions about faith. How could a college give someone the authority to act for God? Why were there so many different churches that used the same Bible? When I met my wife, who is a Mormon, she told me about the Mormon Church. My parents had nothing good to say about the Mormon Church. They had to have been told that from their pastor. My wife told me that there is a living prophet on the earth. That there is scripture beside the Bible that gives us more information about Jesus, and that there are men on the earth who have the authority from God to act for Him. This made sense to me. Why wouldn't God do this? I was baptized by someone who had the authority from God, not a college.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to do the things that God has asked us to do in scripture, including the Bible. I go to church, pay tithing, was married in the temple, our family was sealed in the temple, accept church callings (assignments) and teach our kids what God would want them to do. I do not smoke, drink caffeine or alcohol. One of the callings I've had is to go to the temple once a week and work there, so that when people come to visit the temple, ordinances can be performed for them. Not only is temple work things like marriages and sealings of families, but temple work is also for family members who have died and were not members of the Church and other non Church people.