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Hi I'm Eddie

I’m a Mormon. I grew up basically inactive but have lived and loved the Gospel for over 62 years now. The Church is true.

About Me

I was born in a small town to very young parents with very little money. I was a good student and earned a 4 year college scholarship. In high school I played on 2 State Championship football teams and sang for four years in a male quartet. I continued singing in a fraternity quartet in college that won the University song fest competition 2 years in a row. That prompted us to be invited to sing at the Jr. Prom of the university the beautiful girl I married was attending. We met. We dated long distance, and married upon my graduation. I was in AFROTC in college to avoid being drafted into the Korean conflict. I spent 6 years as a flight officer in the Air Force with 3600 hours in a C-124a aircraft. We had 4 children in 4 years (no twins) and left the military with its excessive time away from family to have a more normal family situation. Except for 2 different 2 year stints (both of which I left voluntarily) I spent the next 40 years self-employed. The last 18 years was as the owner-operator of a retail/wholesale outlet store with my wife. We sold wheat & food storage and taught people how to make wonderful whole wheat bread. I still make whole wheat bread and give it away at Christmas to 36 neighbors. I have continued to sing. My wife plays for me to do so in church and innumerable group programs. I have had 1 great quartet since college. What a joy! Our 4 children have become a wonderful posterity of 69 with more on the way. I couldn’t be happier. What a great life.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors, on both sides, are rooted in Mormonism. My father and mother, however, were inactive. I grew up going to church on occasions. I was a boy scout in our ward troop and was ordained a priest before leaving for college. Basically, the only times I attended church in college was when asked to sing individually or with my fraternity quartet until I met my wife. She was in another city, but I attended with her whenever we were together on Sunday. I did not smoke or drink so she had no idea of my limited church experience until she met my father who both smoked and drank. That bothered her greatly. She said, “We need to talk.” We did. She told me that she loved me, but that I should know that she loved the Lord more. And, if I did not get ready to go to the temple because I wanted to, not just because of her, we would have to stop seeing each other. That was a wake-up call. I took it seriously and began to take steps to do what was required to be ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood and be temple worthy. That is my most important life story. Since that experience, I have studied, prayed, served and spent much time in the temple. I have also been the father in raising 4 children in the gospel. I have been a follower and a leader and have had spiritual experiences that have made my testimony strong. I am a Mormon now because I know it to be The Lord’s only true church on the earth.

How I live my faith

My patriarchal blessing says “Learn the gospel that you may teach it to others.” Having come from an inactive family, I had to learn the gospel as an adult. I have worked hard at that and have been called to teach often. I was an early morning seminary teacher thru most of the decade of the 60’s. I taught gospel doctrine for years in all 3 major areas in which we lived. I was recently released after teaching the old priesthood guys for over 15 years. I worked, with my wife, for 14 years as an ordinance worker in The Salt Lake Temple. This was the greatest learning/teaching experience of my life. I worked 2 evening shifts a week, and was called to be the shift trainer (3 yrs.) and then shift coordinator (3 yrs.) of our 75 brethren working that shift. Working with my wife as the couple on companies over all those years is an experience never to be duplicated. I have served as a Bishop twice in 2 different locations, as the first councilor in a Stake Presidency, and as a councilor in a Mission Presidency. I study the gospel daily and read the Book of Mormon daily. I pray always and am a firm believer in the power of prayer.