Insights of a Fellow Traveler
This Blog site is setup to share some of what is most important to me. Plus, I’d like to share some of the insights I’ve learned “along the way” (Jacob 4:2). In my heart, I’m just a Mormon boy with a testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ and the restored Gospel. But, I have also lived an extraordinary and enjoyable life, and I want to share some of the highlights. I have so many good memories.
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. At age 19, I was called to serve a two year Full-Time Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Afterwards, I joined the United States Air Force and served tours in England, Southeast Asia, and Germany. I separated from the service long enough to attend and graduate from Brigham Young University-Provo. After graduation, I reentered the Air Force and served as a Foreign Affairs Officer. My primary area of responsibility (AOR) was the Middle East. I lived and traveled in many countries (Far East, Western Europe and the Middle/Near East). I retired after serving 24 years on active duty.
I have been privileged to be married to two wonderful women. Sadly, my first wife (Jenny) passed away suddenly after 15 years of marriage, and I was a single parent for the next 6 years. I was fortunate to find another sweet companion (Kathy), and we have been married now for more than 28 years. I am proud to be the father of 10 children and 31 grandchildren.
Until recently, Kathy and I were blessed to live in a beautiful home nestled in a peaceful agricultural mountain valley located in Central Utah (Sanpete County). We had fulfilling work which we enjoyed; plus, for the sake of our animals, we cultivated, planted, irrigated, grew, feed and raised horses (plus dogs and cats). In our valley, there are many good hard working people who are our friends and with whom we share similar values. Our home and property were actually located on county lands (not in a town), and we were surrounded by open farmlands. The valley has a rich and celebrated pioneer heritage. Our summer months were filled with community sponsored memorial events, festivals, parades, and rodeos. The nearby cities and towns are small, but they provided us with the essential shopping and business necessities. If we ever needed more, we could always shop on-line; or, plan a short one hour drive to one of the larger cities along the Wasatch Front. Life was good!
However, things changed for us again. In the Spring of 2017, we were called to serve Full-Time Missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We were assigned to serve at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Specifically, "Sister Edgar" was called to serve as the Visiting Women's Health Nurse for the Married Students (and their babies), and I ("Elder Edgar") was called to serve as a Computer Support Tech. I am assigned as the Database Administrator for the Conduct Manager software at the college. So, that's where we're at now, BYU-Hawaii. And yes, Life is still good!
We “…write a few words …which will give our children …a small degree of knowledge concerning us” …hoping they “will receive them with thankful hearts, and look upon them that they may learn with joy …that they may know that we knew of Christ” and had hope in Him “and worship the Father in His name.”
Book of Mormon, Jacob 4:2-5
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