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Hi I'm Rick

I 'm a high school Spanish / band teacher with 3 children. I previously was a professional trumpet player. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I currently teach Spanish and music in an independent high school in Ohio. Prior to teaching high school, I worked as a professional trumpet player, performing on cruise ships, playing in the orchestra for musical theater productions and touring Europe in the jazz scene. I have a beautiful and talented wife, also a musician and a teacher, two teenagers (a son and a daughter), a singing dog and a brand new baby - the love of all our lives. Because we teach, we spend our summers in the "adventure zone," camping around the country to see if we can visit all 50 states. I have 9 sisters and 1 brother. And I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

Our church is a church of order. As individual members, we may not do everything correctly, but I am so relieved to know that there are prophets and apostles on the earth today who earnestly seek inspiration and then spread the good news of the gospel to the whole world. Every time I hear and apply their words, my life is blessed. My family is protected. And my relationship with my Savior Jesus Christ grows. We read in the Bible that "By their fruits ye shall know them." I have seen many direct blessings in my life and in the lives of friends and family because of willingness to follow the commandments of God. What a privilege to know how and where to look for answers and to know that our Heavenly Father is eager to engage with us as His children.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the Bishop (equivalent to Minister or Pastor) of our congregation of approximately 400 people. Although this is not a paid position, I find great joy in interacting and serving the people of my community and surrounding communities. Together with the other members in our area, we visit people in their homes, reach out to those that are suffering, provide meaningful service when able, assist in community projects such as our local food bank and try to lift others as Jesus would. Some of my favorite interactions involve the young people in our congregation. We have approximately 30 young men and women that participate weekly in social and spiritual activities to strengthen their faith and their friendships. As Bishop, I frequently get to participate with them in an advisory role and it is such a privilege in my life to be able to see how much hope the rising generation offers to the world around them.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

 Absolutely. Since God, our Heavenly Father, truly wants us to succeed and be happy in this life, he has always provided a prophet when there are people willing and able to listen and follow his teachings. Like Moses, our prophet is not a perfect person, but rather an ordained servant of the Lord that is appointed to teach us and communicate Show more Show less