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Hi I'm Ed Mason

Upon retirement some of my 8 kids encouraged me to start running so I've run 6 marathons, and dozens of other races. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised an only child in rural Alberta, Canada and I definitely didn't appreciate the "only child" bit! It was a lonely life! When we were married I figured we'd have a dozen kids, but my wife objected so we settled on eight. In the hospital with our first, mother got a bouquet of seven white carnations and one red rose, and so on until with the last child she got eight red roses. She and our eight are the highlights of my life, and now with the addition of twenty-five grand kids, life for me is no longer lonely! I joined the LDS church at age 18 and was able to serve a three year mission in France, Switzerland and Belgium before marrying my eternal companion in the Cardston, Alberta temple. I got a bachelors and two masters degrees before joining the corporate world, but soon realized I didn't enjoy the bureaucracy and quit to go into business on my own. Over the years I bought and sold properties and businesses including laundromats, a health food store, an antique store, print shops, sign businesses and others. Through all this we rarely had to hire outside employees, always having a ready made crew in-house. Now in my "golden years" I enjoy association with our awesome kids and grand kids building swings, tree houses and playground projects in our yard hoping to entice them over for a visit. I really enjoy building things in my workshop, gardening, and reading about early civilizations, the Etruscans, Romans and Greeks. I'm also trying to learn to play the banjo.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child I just naturally believed in a God to whom I unknowingly prayed. Then when we were introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I discovered who He really was and am so grateful to know for sure that He is really my Father in Heaven up above somewhere and that He loves me and is concerned about my welfare, as He is for all His children. I so appreciate the knowledge the church provides about where we came from, why we are here and where we're going. It is wonderful to belong to a church which requires such a high standard of moral behavior of all its members, has an inspired and practical health code and provides life-saving humanitarian service to disaster victims throughout the world! This church is indeed lead by a worthy man who like his predecessors, the prophets of old, receives communications from God to guide His church on the earth today, aided by twelve apostles as Christ established when He was on the earth 2000 years ago. The Mormon church places such great emphasis on the family, that it has been relatively easy to raise our eight children. There are programs to benefit children all the way from quality nursery classes to exciting and motivationing programs for young children, teens and young single adults. The LDS Church is a major supporter and user of the programs of the Boys Scouts of America. Thanks in large part to the youth programs of the church all eight of ours are productive citizens leading moral lives and contributing to the nation. A very significant part of the church is our belief in the continuation of the family unit on into the next life, if certain requirements are met. Firstly each individual must merit the privilege to enter one of Heavenly Father's temples where marriages are performed, not to last just til death do us part, but for all eternity, and children are sealed eternally to their parents. This makes my relationship with my wife and children down here very important indeed!

How I live my faith

One of my main themes to our children through the years has been for us to try to find ways to serve others. I personally, have tried to lead the way by serving in such capacities as Scoutmaster several times, in Sunday School, in the temple and in other administrative church positions. As a family we have always participated in community improvement projects and regularly contribute funds to help the needy. We also make regular visits to other members, widows and elderly to help alleviate their burdens.