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Hi I'm Richard

I grew up in England, became a Mormon at 21, and have now been married for over 30 years.

About Me

I was born In England and lived there until I was 28. I emigrated to the United States where I married and raised five children. I work as a Software Engineer and live in Northern Utah. I enjoy family, photography, blogging, and reading. I've started a garden this year and and hope to grow tomatoes, corn, onions, radish, and other vegetables.

Why I am a Mormon

In 1974 I received a pamphlet about Joseph Smith that was my first exposure to the Church. I glanced through the pages, reading very quickly and not paying much attention. I put them down to sleep. However, I could not rest, and I picked up and read “Joseph Smith’s Testimony” in its entirety. I remember a part that stood out was about how the obscure boy of fourteen was bitterly persecuted and reviled. I was also impressed that Joseph would admit to “foolish errors”. To me, someone telling a lie would not say this so openly. I now know that being impressed by these things was the Spirit acting upon me. After over thirty seven years the deep convincing that I felt is still with me. This spiritual witness made it easy to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I learned many things that helped me become a much better person and a good citizen. I am especially grateful to have learned to be a better father, husband, and provider.

How I live my faith

I became a member of the Church in England at age 21. I was the only one among all my relatives in England to join the Church. Currently I contribute by running my ward's web page; serving on a jobs committee, and helping members use the Internet safely as a Ward Internet Safety Specialist. For a number of years I was a Ward Clerk and I have also taught Gospel Doctrine. Before I joined the Church I was shy but over the years I have learned to teach and speak to large congregations. By holding Family Home Evening consistently over the years and always attending my meetings, my children have grown up in the faith and my four boys all served missions.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

I would say that for some people this would be difficult. It is not supposed to be. For me it was simple. I read Joseph Smith's own testimony and I believed his words. I had a spiritual witness. Nothing dramatic, just a confident surety of truth. For those that find it difficult to know the truth I would ask that you would first pray. You don't have to pray about the Church at first. Just make sure you kneel (this helps me to be humble) and converse with your Heavenly Father. Next you could obtain some literature or a video from a member, the missionaries, or the Church. Study a little, with an open mind. You could also try being around Mormons, ask them questions, attend socials and church with them. Remember though, it is by faith you will be walking, don't expect all your questions to be answered all at once. Just go one step and a time, enjoy the journey, and before you leave your room this morning, don't forget to pray. Show more Show less