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Hi I'm Richard

I'm a systems engineer for large corporations. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father. My wife and I have four children, all three years apart and alternating gender. Each was born in a different part of the country. My interests are broad and varied, but my career has primarily involved Web technologies. I have always been interested in stories. I love to hear them. I love to tell them. My other interests include the Internet, photography, psychology, and history. I enjoy meeting people and am fluent in two languages, English and Portuguese.

Why I am a Mormon

My heritage is Mormon. I have ancestors on both sides of my family that were converted at the very beginning of the church and crossed the plains with various companies of pioneers. I was raised in both a large city and a small town of primarily Mormon population. While tradition and family heavily influenced me as a child and young adult regarding religion and faith, I did not have a testimony, or a personal conviction about the church for myself until I was 19 and preparing to be a missionary in Brazil. While I had always wanted to be a missionary and live in a foreign country and speak a foreign language, I did not yet understand in my heart what it meant to be converted and know for myself that what I had been taught all of my life was true, that Jesus Christ is my savior, that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the Book of Mormon is true. I learned these truths for myself in the Missionary Training Center in Provo with the help of my teachers and mentors. I had thought to myself prior to my testimony that the idea of a young man who did not speak Portuguese, unfamiliar with the culture of Brazil, inexperienced in the ways of life, and ignorant of so many things, being able to convert other to the Gospel was simply ridiculous. Surely no one would merely listen to what I said and change nearly every aspect of their lives from giving up alcohol and smoking, to going to church on Sunday, to paying a tenth of their income in tithing, and changing their personal lifestyle to match the teachings of the Gospel. And I was right, no one would do that based on the words of a boy. What I learned as a missionary was that it was not up to me to change people. My work was simply to present the truth and let the Lord change them, if that was their desire. And it was. And as people changed their lives and entered His church, my own testimony grew and I came to love the Lord more each day as I served him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith simply by trying to remember the basics: Gratitude to God for my blessings, daily prayer, regular scripture study, and an appreciation for all things beautiful.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

When I was a missionary I awoke one morning and realized that all I had to do was be nice to people, that was my job. I didn't go to work or to school. I did not have a girlfriend or social life outside of being a missionary. My sole purpose in life was to make others feel better and the best way I could do that was to talk to them about the truths that I had learned and knew to be true. When the missionaries come to your home, they will talk of Jesus Christ, that he lives and that he loves each one of us, that he knows us each individually and cares for us and our lives. They will speak of our Heavenly Father who sent his son to atone and die for us that we might all return if we would obey his commandments. They will talk about prophets and why we have them today. They will talk about the Plan of Salvation or Plan of Happiness and what it means. They will talk about where we were before we came to earth, and where we will go after this life, both immediately following death as well as after the resurrection. They will talk about any questions you may have about the church and its teachings. And they will talk about baptism. They will ask you to read part of the Book of Mormon and they will ask you to pray about the book and the things you have read. They will also invite you to church on Sunday and they may invite you to be baptized if you find for yourself that what they teach is true. Show more Show less