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Hi I'm Jon Richard

About Me

Married for 33 years, father of two wonderful adopted kids - a daughter age 27 & and a son age 22. I am a former active duty Army officer (Field Artillery - Major) and found a second career as an insurance claim adjuster for 14 years. We have lived in many places, courtesy of the Army, but are now in beautiful Eugene, Oregon, USA. I enjoy walking and being outdoors. Learned Spanish while serving as a missionary for the Church in Uruguay.

Why I am a Mormon

I saw in a good friend when I was 15, the ideals and standards I wanted in my life. I wanted to be like him, to have those same qualities. So I asked him to take me to his church. He did and now almost 40 years later, I am happier than I thought I'd ever be. I have come to know Christ as my personal Savior. I know His Atonement paid the price for my weaknesses and that through Him, I may return to my Heavenly Father. God restored His true Gospel to the Earth - He chose a Prophet, has given us more scripture so that we can surely know Christ and God's plan for our salvation. God is not dead nor has he turned away from us, His children. He listens and He speaks.

How I live my faith

We do our best to have regular family prayers in the evening and at meal times. We have personal scripture study and try to always be good examples of Christ's teachings in our work and in the community. My wife and I serve as volunteers at our Church's Temple in Portland Lake Oswego, Oregon two Saturdays a month, helping and assisting other members of the Church when they attend. We also participate in our local congregation as teachers and in other positions when asked, in addition to attending regular Sunday worship meetings at our local Chapel.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Jon Richard
Dressing for Church depends on where you live. In the US, most men wear a shirt and tie with slacks, a sport coat/blazer, or a suit. Women usually wear a skirt and blouse, a dress, or suit. Modesty is important. We are coming to worship God and Christ. The idea is to wear what is appropriate for the time, place and culture you are in. I've attended meetings in military field uniform and other meetings with big Samoan men wearing lava-lavas with their white shirts and ties. Each culture has its standard of what is "dressed-up". We encourage you to wear your best modest clothing. Show more Show less