Hi I'm Richard L.
I grew up in a town called Edson. I live in Calgary Alberta now, and have had four strokes and I'm a Mormon "still"!
I have lived in southern Alberta for twenty years! I grew up in central Alberta, as I mentioned, and we joined the church up there. I am married, and have four children. I am now forty-eight years old, and back in the day I served a mission for the church in the Nevada Las Vegas Mission. My wife and I got married in the Idaho Falls Temple and have been married for twenty-five years. I have had four strokes and a T.I.A. I have served in the Scout's Canada organization for twenty four, or is it twenty five years? Who knows anymore! I glass etch and I always look forward to doing some great work there! I have worked in industrial parts since I started working as a young twenty-one year old! I am now forty-eight and work, now, in the housing supply industry, which really means, I have gone to part-time work, which is great because I was never supposed to work again! It is awesome, after all I have been through over the last eight years, to be able to still work a bit and despite the loss of things from the strokes, that I can function as well as I can! I thank the Lord for EVERY blessing I have received from Him and for the ability that I still have to make a difference!
Why am I a Mormon? I joined the church when I was three months away from turning twelve. I was an Alter boy in the Catholic church, my mom and dad were on the "leagues" in the Roman Catholic church and we were doing alright. I joined the church because my mom and dad did. I participated in the discussions with the missionaries, only when the filmstrips were on. I would be the "turner" of the film strip! I grew up in the church and felt that the church was true as I continued on through the youth program. When I turned eighteen I was ordained an Elder and was thinking more about serving a mission for the church, which was something that I had kind of looked forward to since I joined the church. When I was nineteen I took the opportunity to serve the Lord and ended up being called to serve in the great Nevada Las Vegas Mission!! It was there that I gained a serious testimony of the truth within the first few months of my mission. This testimony has lasted and is stronger today than when I recieved it way back then. I know that the church is true! There is truth in every church, I do believe, but you can only find the FULLNESS of the truth in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If you don't believe it, test it. Get ahold of a Book of Mormon and start reading and praying about it and investigating it. You'll never know unless you do it. I did and I found out from the Lord and haven't looked back and that was when I was nineteen! Just DO IT!!!
How do I live my faith? Well, I strive every day to be as good as I can. I try to lead with a good example, for my family. Knowing that the church is the true church of Jesus Christ, it gives me a different perspective than the general populous of people that I work with, or am around on a daily basis. As our children have grown, with the last one now eighteen and graduating this Friday, it is a different life for my wife and I. I am an example to my children and my wife is an excellent example to me! I live my faith by what I do most every day and that is reading my scriptures and bearing my testimony to my family and others, when appropriate and by my example. When I was in the midst of my third stroke, I believe it was anyway, I had lost the ability to stand and my head was on the counter, which was before the ambulance arrived, and I told my children that this was not the Lord's fault and that the church was still true and I knew that and told them to have faith and put their trust in the Lord. The oldest boy is back and the youngest one isn't, but my wife and I are strong in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and will ALWAYS stand as an example of Jesus Christ and his teachings. My wife has M.S. and so we are in this together and are still active members of the church because we know that it is true! I am thankful for it and I am thankful that I know Christ died for me and by repenting and improving myself, I will be a better person and example, and I know, truly know, that the Lord will continually be pleased and will continue to bless me in whatever experience I have to take on!