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Hi I'm Rich Hardesty

I grew up without the Gospel. I am the first member in my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just became a grandfather for the 1st time in February 2010! A beautiful baby boy my son named Marshall Alexander. I like to help people especially when it comes to learning about the LDS Church. I joined a month before turning 20 years old. I enjoy puzzles and have a great mind for seeing shapes and space. I enjoy learning to do new things. I've learned to make my own chain maile. I designed the paint scheme for my car. It's done up with a Gondorian mottif from the Lord of the Rings. I enjoy reading and sharing what I learn with others. I live a very blessed life since the Lord brought me out of the darkness I used to live in.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a “Mormon” because I know the doctrine is true. When I was 19 years old I was in the military and started to seek answers to the 3 questions religions have tried to answer for centuries. They are as follows: Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going after this life? One day I decided to read the New Testament for answers to these puzzling questions. This indeed was the mother of all puzzles. The words I found in this book were the words of Jesus Christ. They taught me many things. First and foremost that I had a Father in Heaven who loved me and knew me by name, that I am indeed His son, secondly that through prayer I could connect with my Heavenly Father and communicate with Him. I learned to put His word to the test. I learned that He is faithful in keeping His promises, so I learned I could place my trust in Him. I learned baptism by immersion was essential to my salvation and that my body was a sacred place where His spirit could come and teach me, but I had to stop my smoking and drug habits if I wanted that influence to be effective in my life. I learned that prayer or communication with God could be done anywhere or anytime and that many answers to prayer came through His revealed word or through other people. I had one scripture that was my focus. In Matthew 6: 33 Christ says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Where was the kingdom? I started to search for a church that taught these things I had learned. After some time of trial and error, I returned home from the military and was talking with a former friend. My friend and I used to party together. As it turned out my friend also was a “Mormon”. He wasn’t a practicing “Mormon”, but when he was he used to go out with the missionaries and loved to tell people about the church. So when I told him of my new found interest in religion he read to me the story of Joseph Smith. I found it to be very interesting and wanted to know more. The next Sunday was a Fast and Testimony Sunday, where members fast and through the process of fasting they become more spiritually attuned and as prompted by the Spirit will get up and bear testimony of the Gospel. When I heard some of these testimonies I felt the Spirit tell me this is what I had been seeking. This was His kingdom and here was a people seeking to build it up and live His teachings. I learned the requirements for being baptized and the following Sunday I was baptized and confirmed as a member of His Church and kingdom here upon the earth, and given the gift of the Holy Ghost, that this gift would be a personal companion that could be with me always.

How I live my faith

I love doing hometeaching. I love getting to know my families and sharing the message of the Gospel with them each month. It's wonderful to see their families grow up and to share with them in their joys and sorrows. Two recent examples are one family had their 3rd child last year, I took their 1st new family photo for them. I was honored to help the father give this daughter a name a blessing through the power and authority of the Priesthood. Another family a year ago their son died of cancer. It was wonderful to see how their faith sustained them through this difficult trial in their life. My life is quite simple really. I just do the basics every day. Pray morning and night. Study the scriptures daily. Live the principles of the Gospel. (Tithing, Word of Wisdom, etc)

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Rich Hardesty
Our worship service or what we call Sacrament meeting is a formal meeting where a spirit of reverence is fostered. With that reverence we are better able to be taught through the Holy Ghost the things God would have us learn each Sunday. It also helps us to reflect on our actions from the previous week which we need to repent of. We also have the opportunity to renew covenants we made at baptism when we partake of the bread and water, or the Sacrament, as we call it. During this time we recommit ourselves to serve God and our fellow man. Everyone is welcome at any of our Church services. Sacrament, Sunday School, and Priesthood and Relief Society meetings. Sunday School and Priesthood/Relief Society meetings are informal meetings where all are encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences about what is being taught. The men and women split up for Priesthood and Relief Society meetings. Both men and women are taught in these meetings how to better fulfill their roles as husbands and wives. The purpose of all our meetings is to help the family to better withstand the evil forces that constantly try to destroy the family. All are welcome to come and learn with us. We hope to see you there. Show more Show less