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Richard L.: Southern Alberta, Industrial, Catholic, leagues, fullness, peace, Mormon.

Hi I'm Richard L.

About Me

I have lived in southern Alberta for twenty years! I grew up in central Alberta, as I mentioned, and we joined the church up there. I am married, and have four children. I am now forty-six years old, and back in the day I served a mission for the church in the Nevada Las Vegas Mission. My wife and I got married in the Idaho Falls Temple and have been married for twenty-three years. I have served in the Scout's Canada organization for twenty four, or is it twenty five years? Who knows anymore! I glass etch and I always look forward to doing some great work there! I have worked in industrial parts since I started working as a young twenty-one year old! I am now forty-six.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? I joined the church when I was three months away from turning twelve. I was an Alter boy in the Catholic church, my mom and dad were on the "leagues" in the Roman Catholic church and we were doing alright. I joined the church because my mom and dad did. I participated in the discussions with the missionaries, only when the filmstrips were on. I would be the "turner" of the film strip! I grew up in the church and felt that the church was true as I continued on through the youth program. When I turned eighteen I was ordained an Elder and was thinking more about serving a mission for the church, which was something that I had kind of looked forward to since I joined the church. When I was nineteen I took the opportunity to serve the Lord and ended up being called to serve in the great Nevada Las Vegas Mission!! It was there that I gained a serious testimony of the truth within the first few months of my mission. This testimony has lasted and is stronger today than when I recieved it way back then. I know that the church is true! There is truth in every church, I do believe, but you can only find the FULLNESS of the truth in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If you don't believe it, test it. Get ahold of a Book of Mormon and start reading and praying about it and investigating it. You'll never know unless you do it. I did and I found out from the Lord and haven't looked back and that was when I was nineteen! Just DO IT!!!

Personal Stories

How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?

How can we develop greater harmony in our homes? Well, for one thing, respecting each other and not freaking out! When I have to deal with a hard situation, say with one of the children, I don't freak out. I try my hardest to keep calm and talk with them. Even when they don't respond, or respond in a very disrespectful way. Having family home evening is a big one. Attending church and teaching in the home are important things to deal with tough situations as well. Over-all, knowing what is right and wrong and having the courage to do what is right, no matter who is in front of you, or around you.

What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?

I work with my wife and my kids. It is never boring, let me tell you! We hold family home evenings which is one night of the week, which is scheduled on Monday, where nothing else really, and purposely, get in the way of it. I read the scriptures every night, either on my computer, or by just sitting down and reading the "real" thing! We pray as a family, and individually as well. That makes it better when I do that. I can picture in my mind sitting down and talking with my Father in Heaven. By teaching this way, through example, and attending church and going through the weekly things, I know by looking at the way my children are, that that is really what has made a difference. We certainly don't have the perfect family and I don't think that it is here on earth! We try real hard, praying to the Lord every day and fulfilling our responsibilities in the family and the community and in the church and we just try to live our best every day!

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith? Well, I strive every day to be as good as I can. I try to lead with a good example, for my family. Knowing that the church is the true church of Jesus Christ, it gives me a different perspective than the general populous of people that I work with, or am around on a daily basis. We have a family home evening on Mondays where we have a gospel discussion with our family and it gives us some more focus for the week.