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Richard: Downs Syndrome, instructional design, leukemia, missionaries, family man, Japan, Mormon.

Hi I'm Richard

About Me

I am a faithful and devoted father and husband. My youngest son has Downs Syndrome and battled leukemia successfully from ages 2-5. He is one of the greatest blessings that could ever come to our family. I spend 20-30 minutes most nights reading with him, and on most Saturdays we try to wear matching colors. I feel the love of the Lord most powerfully in my family. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ and have found that the blessings of faith fill my life. We have a large and very fun family and I have a lasting hope that one day I will consistently get enough sleep. I love Japan (hiked Mount Fuji with four sons). I am a fairly decent racquetball player and enjoy sports. I like to say that I played six sports in high school, and in each one, I was the coach’s favorite player – he kept me right by him on the bench. My education and employment has been In instructional design. I love to help people learn. Currently I am an educational administrator and enjoy creating systems that promote learning.

Why I am a Mormon

I have asked God multiple times if this is His church. Consistent, warm, spiritual feelings fill my heart and confirm to me that this is true and where I should be. Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you" (John 14:26). That has been my experience, over and over again. I know for myself that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I feel His love and guidance in my life regularly. His love is amazing.

How I live my faith

For that past several years, I have had the opportunity to work with young single adults. I love this group. Their enthusiasm, excitement, and eagerness to learn are simpily magnetic. They face real issues, have real questions, and are in the middle of life-changing decisions. I get to teach them the Gospel in groups and counsel with them one-on-one. They build my faith in the Lord and my confidence in the future. I pray to God and read from the Holy Scriptures every day. These are very important activities for me. Our family also prays together, reads the scriptures, and talks about the gospel regularly. My wife and I are close to our children and try our best to support them in their growth.