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Hi I'm Richard

About Me

I am a husband and father of 5. I am also a business owner. I enjoy photography, reading, watching good movies, playing with my kids, swimming, and most of all, visiting with other people.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. My parents were members, their parents were members, and several generations back to those who were early members of the church. Throughout my youth, I was quick to identify and be able to share the "right" answers, but my participation in the church lacked something that left me feeling empty until my early 20's and I was at college. I had made a few mistakes—I guess you could say that I had sinned. It was during this period of time that I discovered the teachings in the scriptures about the atonement—of our Heavenly Father and Savior's great love and compassion for us. This brought me great peace to know that though I had fallen short, that I was still loved and of value. At that time, I received the witness of the Holy Ghost that is spoken of throughout the scriptures that confirmed the truth of this message of love and peace.

How I live my faith

I recently was asked to be the Membership Clerk for my Ward (congregation). That is the person who is responsible for keeping track of the members of the congregation and updating their records. I know that the purpose of the church is to help us to come unto Christ. My previous responsibilities have involved being a leader of adult members, working with youth, teaching young children, and leading efforts to share the gospel message in our area. I enjoy each opportunity to work with members of my congregation and opportunities to share with others about our Savior's love for us.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Members are encouraged, not required, to serve missions. Young men are encouraged to prepare for and to serve a mission when they reach 19 years of age. Young women may choose to serve a mission when they turn 21. The church leaders also encourage couples to serve missions after their families have been raised. By serving a mission, individuals have an opportunity to come to know the Savior as they share His gospel with others. I consider this opportunity a privilege and a blessing. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I had often wondered this very thing myself. I grew up as a member of the Mormon Church. All my life I have been taught about the Savior and His love for each of us, about his atoning sacrifice, and about principles and ordinances that will lead me back to Him. I have decided that this representation of the Mormon Church is the result of a lack of understanding about our beliefs. Show more Show less