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Hi I'm Ernie

I'm a retired Immigration Attorney. I now serve as a Missionary. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern Idaho. I served an LDS mission in Colombia and Venezuela- this was a wonderful, and in many ways transformative experience. I later graduated from Brigham Young University. I married and we had three little boys. Sadly, my wife died of cancer at the age of 29. This was a difficult time for me and my sons, then ages 7,5 and 3. I later remarried an amazing woman and we have seven additional children. I worked some 33 years for the Social Security Administration. I then began a second "mini-career" as an Immigration Attorney. This was such an amazing and satisfying experience. I was able to help many foreign nationals and their familys navigate the complex laws and regulations of US immigration law. I have now retired and with my wonderful wife we are fulfilling our dream of serving together as Senior Missionaries for the Church for the next 18 months. It is giving us great joy to share with others that which has so blessed our lives and that of our families. Because my wife and I both speak Spanish (she served a mission in the Dominican Republic before we met), we have a special love for the Hispanic people and enjoy sharing the gospel in the Spanish language.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. At the age of 19, I left home to serve a mission in South America. Soon after arriving in the mission, I began teaching others about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ- the First Vision of Joseph Smith, the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, the existence of modern day prophets etc. I would also teach the people that they did not need to rely on our teachings alone, but that if they studied and pondered over our message and then sincerely prayed to their loving Heavenly Father, they could know for the themselves that our message was true. One day it dawned on me, that though I certainly believed in what I was teaching- otherwise I would not be in South America as a missionary- I had never really sought such a heavenly witness for myself! And so I began to study the gospel as never before and to pray with real intent, and the witness came! I now not only believed, but I knew- through the witness of the spirit- that what I was teaching the people was true. It made all the difference and has continued to do so to this day.

How I live my faith

One of the great blessing that I have and do receive as I live my faith are the many opportunities to serve others. Of course serving as a young missionary was an amazing experience and that is where I learned, probably for the first time, that true happiness comes from serving others. And as the years have gone by, I have had many other opportunites to serve and have confirmed the truth that indeed true and lasting happiness is the result of serving others. An added bonus is that you grow to truly love those you serve. I have greatly enjoyed teaching the truths of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I have taught early morning seminary- high school aged young people would attend at 6:30 in the morning and be taught from the scriptures before then heading off to high school. I also enjoyed teaching adult classes where we studied the scriptures as well. Most recently I had the opportunity to serve in a congregation of Young Single Adults (ages 18-31). This was a very meaningful experience in teaching and helping these young people during this time of life when so many important decisions are being made. As mentioned earlier, my wife and I are now serving as Senior Missionaries and will do so for the next 18 months. I have now been serving in the church for some 47 years and I can truly say once again, based on these many years of experience, that serving others is the key to happiness in life and how we can truly come to love others.