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Hi I'm Ed

I'm a married father of three. I'm an instructional designer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and have three children. I'm an instructional designer at a part-time engineering program for professionals at a private university in Maryland. I work with adjunct faculty to develop fully-online versions of their face-to-face courses. I enjoy spending time with my family. When I have free time, I like to play games on the computer or my iPhone, enjoy the outdoors, or read, especially if it has anything to do with the latest technology gadget. A couple years ago I got into distance running and have completed 5Ks, 10Ks, and recently my first half-marathon race.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was born, it was common for detailed birth announcements to be printed in the local newspaper. Using my birth announcement, the missionaries stopped by my parents house one day and taught my mother about how I and all of us on Earth lived with our Heavenly Father before we came to this Earth. My mother was touched and invited them to return when my father was present. After a few months of learning about the church from the missionaries and attending church meetings, my parents received a spiritual confirmation that this was the true church. Throughout my life, I was taught about the gospel of Jesus Christ in my home and in church meetings. When I was 8 years old, I was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While I knew that I had made the right decision at that early age, it wasn't until about a decade later that I was fully converted and had a testimony of my own. Once I became an adult, I was faced with the decisions that many of us face where to go to school, what to study, where to live, and in my case, whether or not to continue going to church. Basically, I arrived at a time in my life where I needed to know for myself whether or not the church was the true church of Jesus Christ or something that I'd simply heard about all my life. I decided to take the challenge that missionaries often give to people who are learning more about the church. I carefully read and pondered the Book of Mormon. Additionally, I tried to pray earnestly to know for myself whether or not the book was true. It wasn't long before I realized that the calm, peaceful feelings that I had felt from time-to-time throughout my life was the Holy Spirit witnessing to me that the words I was reading in the Book of Mormon were true. I testify that LDS Church is the Lord's restored church on the Earth and that in addition to the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon is a true and second witness of the Savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

One of my assignments in my congregation is to be the secretary for our bishop (the leader of our congregation). Like me, he works full time on top of serving as our bishop, which means he is a very busy man. I help set up appointments and with other administrative tasks. I also have a few home teaching assignments. For these assignments I go with another member of the church and visit families to see how they're doing, share a spiritual message, and provide service to them, if needed. In addition to these assignments, I also volunteer at the nearest temple (Washington, DC -- which can be seen from the Capitol Beltway and has a remarkable Visitor's Center) every other week. I also participate in daily personal prayer, personal scripture study, and similar family activities to help maintain my faith throughout the week.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Ed
We believe that we are literally children of God. Just like we want our children to learn and grow and some day be independent, our Heavenly Father wants us to become more like Him. We lived with Heavenly Father before we came to earth, but we did not have bodies. In order for us to become more like Heavenly Father, we had to gain a physical body, like He has. And just like our own children have to learn from the experiences they have in childhood, we also have to learn how to make good choices, in spite of the trials we may face in this life. In short, the purpose of this life is for us to learn how to become more like God. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Ed
In speaking about the Mormon Church, a testimony is a personally held belief about the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and church doctrines related to it. Basically, a testimony is often gained by learning gospel principles and then applying them in your life. Show more Show less