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"ARTEST4ECHO" came from a combination of my current location and the Rush song Test for Echo. My first activity used e-mail account was started in 1996 (the release date of Test for Echo) was TESTivECHO@aol.com. I used Roman numerals, since TEST4ECHO was very quickly claimed by another AOL user. When I moved from the Los Angles Area (and was able to leave AOL) to the Little Rock Arkansas Area, ARTEST4ECHO was Born.
I try to keep faith out of all my edits. I feel that faith, both mine and other editors, is irrelevant. If we follow WP:NOPV it shouldn't matter if I'm Mormon, Roman Catholic, atheist, or anything else.
However, as we all know, religion is a very hot topic. I often find myself being accused of being both a "Mormon apologists" AND "Anti-Mormon" I actually find that very funny and somewhat comforting. If Anti-Mormon's feel I'm a Mormon apologists, but Mormon apologists think I'm Anti-Mormon, perhaps I'm actually following WP:NPOV, since both sides think I'm the other.
While I do have family history within the Latter Day Saint movement, from several sects, ultimately, my edits are based on the fact that, I find the Latter Day Saint movement interesting, but from a historical (not religious) point of view. Nothing more. I also try to view the entire Latter Day Saint movement as a whole, as my family history comes from the LDS, RLDS, Alston, and other sects, not just the LDS Church.
Until recently I have intentionally not said what religion I am, as I still feel it is irrelevant. However events made it necessary. To be clear, I am not a "Mormon", nor am I "Anti-Mormon". If I HAD to describe my faith, I would call myself a Deists as I believe in the existence of God, but not any particular religion, religious authority or holy text. However, like most titles, that isn't a 100% match either. I do have family history in the Latter Day Saint Movement (not just the LDS Church but several sects), so I find that topic interesting, which is why I edit that topic alot. I do not hold any particular grudge against the LDS Church or Community of Christ. My feeling about the Latter Day Saint Movement, or any other religion for that matter, is basically one of "I don't see the harm, but I just to buy it".
I have had my hand in building encoders for a large number of things. Those include, but are not limited to, Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) (part of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), and replacement parts to the Patriot missile and the Very Large Array (VLA) radio astronomy observatory.
For putting aside differences and working together for the betterment of Wikipedia, please accept my thanks and this award. --McDoobAU93 (talk) 23:15, 8 April 2010 (UTC)
The Categorisation Barnstar
Awarded to ARTEST4ECHO for your outstanding work on the List of sects in the Latter Day Saint movement article. Your work in categorizing the Rocky Mountain Saint churches has taken this article to a whole new level of usability. Thanks for all your hard work! - Ecjmartin (talk) 00:10, 9 April 2010 (UTC)
The Cleanup Barnstar
For your willingness to accept constructive suggestions for improvement of the List of sects in the Latter Day Saint movement article, and for your significant efforts to implement them, I award you this "Cleanup Barnstar". Your ongoing efforts to improve this list have raised it to entirely new levels. Thanks for all of your efforts! - Ecjmartin (talk) 13:21, 22 June 2010 (UTC)
The Resilient Barnstar
You deserve this for all your hard work on List of sects in the Latter Day Saint movement, in moving it up to Featured List status. You took criticism from multiple editors with a smile, and worked dilligently to implement the constructive suggestions they offered, without ever letting any of it get to you. You've definitely taken this article to all new levels. EXCELLENT JOB!!! - Ecjmartin (talk) 11:27, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for your recent contributions! 188.8.131.52 (talk) 20:22, 31 March 2012 (UTC)
The Mediator Barnstar
For your recent efforts to mediate an ongoing mini edit-war at Missouri Executive Order 44. It takes guts and character to wade into something like that when it wasn't your fight initially, and I want you to know that on my end at least, your efforts are deeply appreciated. And on a more personal note: thanks for helping me 'cool down' about it... I deeply appreciate that, too! - Ecjmartin (talk) 01:06, 27 January 2015 (UTC)