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Hi I'm Earl

I was raised a Catholic, played baseball & ran marathons & triathlons. I love to hunt and Dutch Oven cook. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 71 years old and semi retired. I am an accountant, although I have worked in many fields & trades. I am currently building my retirement home in Northern AZ in an area "off the grid." I am married, we have 9 children, 29 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. I love to cook - especially outdoors (Bar-B-Queue, Smokers, Dutch Oven). My dad fought in WWII in the Army and was with the 104th Infantry, known as "The Timberwolves." I became interested in the wolf and to this day, I am still enamored with them. I have a great collection of wolf artifacts. While in High School, I wrote a term paper on the Zuni Indians and became interested in the Native American people. If you came to my house, you would see wolves and Indians everywhere. I am very patriotic, and I love my country. My family has a Military history that stretches back to the Revolutionary War in 1776. I have a daughter that served in the US Army, a son that served in the US Army, and a son that served in the US Air Force. I currently have two grandsons serving in the Army.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Catholic, went to a Jesuit High School, and seriously considered going into the Priesthood. When I went to a Catholic college in Texas where the Dominicans taught theology, I became dissolutioned because they did not teach the same principles of the gospel as did the Jesuits. When I transferred to NAU back in Arizona, I became even further dissolutioned because they taught even different principles at the Neumann Center. I struggled with this apparent lack of understanding within church leadership with Catholic Principles for four years and finally left the church. I began a quest to discover the truth. I studied many religions, including the Eastern religions as well as most of the Christian religions. In 1983 I was introduced to the LDS Church. In the first Gospel Doctrine class I attended, I recognized the principles I was taught by the Jesuits. by studying Church Doctrine and attending Education Week at BYU, I discovered that most of what I was taught by the Jesuits was reaffirmed in the LDS church Doctrines. But there was more; there were answers to many of the questions I have always had but the Jesuits were unable to answer or explain. By June, 1985 after much prayer I received my personal testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church of Christ, and I was baptized. Since that time, my testimony continues to grow through daily prayer and scripture study. I have attended LDS Church Services in many areas of the country, from small branches on the Indian reservations to military bases to Wards in AZ, CO, SC, UT, ID, WA, CA, & HI. Everywhere I go, the teachings I receive in Sacrament Services, Sunday School, and Priesthood meetings are the same. Unlike what I found in other religions where the teachings are "interpretations" by whoever is giving them, the Holy Spirit is guiding and directing those who are teaching in the LDS churches. This testifies to me that it is Jesus Christ who leads this church.

How I live my faith

I have held many positions within the LDS Church over the past 30 years which has helped me to grow as a person, and I have enjoyed them all. I have helped organize activities for the Ward and Stake, and have helped with maintaining the membership and financial records. I have taught both the youth and adults in various callings. Currently I am the Emergency Preparedness specialist for my Ward, and have learned how to survive almost any disaster that may happen. My wife & I have attended several CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training clinics, and we are active CERT members. We help with disasters in our neighborhoods, and we can be called by FEMA to help when any disaster occurs anywhere in the nation. I am also a Ward Missionary where I assist the Full-Time Missionaries teach investigators, and I occasionally teach the Gospel Principles Sunday School class to new members and investigators. My wife & I are also the camp cooks for Girls Camp which occurs each year in May or June, in the mountains for 4 days. We also have been called to be hosts each Thursday evening for 250 to 300 single young men and single young women who are not attending college. These are religion classes they attend and we provide them with a meal after their classes. One thing about being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you have an opportunity to become as involved as you want. Everything in the Church is related to "Service" to others. You cannot imagine how fulfilling and rewarding that can be.