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Hi I'm Earl

I'm a father, a husband and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Husband, Father and Bishop. I've been happily married for 15 years, sealed in the San Diego Temple. I have 3 boys and 1 princess. I served a full time mission in the Spain Malaga Mission (formerly Seville). I enjoy running, cycling, computers, hiking and camping.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined the church when I was a baby. I went to Primary (the church's weekly organization for children ages three to twelve) and joined the church at eight years of ago. I "joined" the church but my conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ happened years later. When I was in my early teen years, I stopped attending because I didn't feel like I fit in or had many friends. I was too immature at the time to understand that church attendance is more than a weekly social experiment. I knew the stories and gospel principles, such as faith, repentance, baptism, etc. It wasn't until I was about 18 years old that I started to truly investigate the church and apply its principles. I studied and pondered the words of the Book of Mormon and visited people with the missionaries. I truly began to pray for a testimony of the truthfulness of these teachings. I felt they were true and applied to serve a full time mission. It wasn't until I was in the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, that I began to pray with all sincerity of heart. I was not going to be a hypocrite and share a testimony that I did not have. I received my confirming witness as I watched "The First Vision", a church movie about Joseph Smith's call to restore the fullness of the gospel to the earth. I couldn't hardly contain myself. The Holy Spirit was so strong and was the start of becoming the son that my Heavenly Father knows I have the potential to be. I am so thankful to my Savior for his willingness to come to this earth so that he could experience mortality and set the example for us. I know that He atoned for our personal sins and we can experience the healing power for forgiveness, through His grace.

How I live my faith

I am grateful for home teachers. The church has the most wonderful program whereby priesthood holders are assigned certain family to watch over. Just like our Good Shepherd Jesus Christ did. I came back into church activity in my mid-teen years because faithful home teachers came over to our house. Last year I received a call to serve as the Bishop. A man who has been ordained and set apart as the presiding high priest for a ward, or congregation. He has overall responsibility for ministering the temporal and spiritual affairs of the congregation. Through this calling, I have the opportunity to serve many people. I work with one of the largest women's organization in the world The Relief Society and the youth programs of the church. The responsibility of a Bishop can be demanding from time to time, but the experiences I have had so far have taught me more about my Savior. It is helping me in my eternal progression and I'm becoming a little better each day. I will never be perfect in this life, but I will be one step closer each day if the follow my Savior. 

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

As a member of the church we have the opportunity to help ourselves and others. The program the Lord has established is called "Self Reliance". The church even created a website called providentliving.org to help both members and non-members like to improve their spiritual and temporal well-being. With the gift of agency, we have the ability to focus on six areas: Education, Health, Employment, Home Storage, Finances and Spiritual Strength. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

On September 23, 1995, then President of the Church, Gordon B. Hinckley introduced an inspiring document, "The Family: A Proclamation to the World". I could not say anything more perfectly than the words of the Prophets and Apostles, "The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed." Show more Show less