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