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Hi I'm Ed Thatcher

I grew up in Logan, Utah. I am a retired mechanical engineer and spent my career in the power industry. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father. I have three children, two sons and a daughter and three grandchildren. I have a Bachelor and Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA degree. We lived in Boston and Denver before returning to Utah. I am now retired. I enjoy spending time with my family whenever possible. I enjoy taking care of my grandchildren and seeing them grow and develop. I enjoy golf and fishing and hiking and snowshoeing and other sports as well. I have volunteered as a math tutor at community colleges and a high school. I like to travel with my wife and friends and have been to the UK and Europe as well as Canada and Alaska and Hawaii.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was growing up my parents we not very involved in the church. I was baptized when I was eight but quit attending church when I was 14 years old. I was away from the LDS church for the next 25 years. During this time I only had occasional contact with the church. When I was 39 I decided it was time to return to church because I was missing the spiritual part of my life and I decided it was important to raise our children in the church. Our daughter was 5 years old and our first son was 3 years old when I returned to church with my wife. It took time to gain an understanding of the gospel and Book of Mormon but I stayed committed to attending church and learning the gospel of Jesus Christ. It took me several years to gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon. It would take it with me as I traveled and would read it on the airplane and in the hotel. One time when I was away from home for two weeks for training I read the Book of Mormon for many hours most evenings and I finally gained a testimony that the Book of Mormon was true by immersing myself in studying and praying about it. During these years I had to change many of my friends because they did not live the standards that I wanted to live. I also made changes in my life, particularly to keep the Word of Wisdom, so that I could hold the Melchizedek Priesthood and be ordained an Elder and be worthy to receive my endowment in the Temple. My wife and I received our endowment in the Temple and were sealed for eternity to each other and to our three children. We were also sealed to our parents. Knowing that we can be together forever if we do our best to live as Heavenly Father wants us to live means everything to me. I strive each day to keep the promises that I have made to Heavenly Father and serve him. My wife and I have received a mission call and will be serving a mission for 18 months. We are excited to serve the Lord by serving a full time mission.

How I live my faith

I have served in various leadership assignments such as a counselor in a Bishopric and served as a Branch President at a veterans nursing home for 3 1/2 years. I am very thankful for the opportunity to get to know these great men and women veterans and hear about their service to our country, community, church and their families. I have worked with people of all ages from primary age to senior citizens. I have worked with scouts and gone on many camping trips with them. I was also a merit badge counselor. I have taught sunday school classes for the youth and adults.