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Hi I'm Richard

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a fifth generation Texan, born in Austin and raised in San Antonio. Seven and one-half years in military reserves as a Medic was a life changing experience for me. Four years in an Army MASH unit followed by three and one-half years in the Air Force at the Bergstrom AFB hospital. I graduated from San Antonio College with an Associates degree in Fine Art and then from The University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelors degree in Statistics. I met and married a beautiful young lady from Corpus Christi, which was my very best life-changing event. All six of our children are married and we now have 24 talented, intelligent and beautiful grandchildren.Computer Programming was my third life-changing event. I was blessed to be a pioneer in the days of punched cards, operating systems, games, computer-modeling, simulation, graphics, and the Internet. How fortunate and fun to be an original developer of the world-wide-web! Introduction to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was another major life-changing event.

Why I am a Mormon

With 20/400 uncorrected vision, I spent the first twelve years of my life legally blind. Thanks to my 6th grade teacher, I had my first vision test. When I got my first pair of glasses I saw a tree for the first time for what it really is. Tiny leaves clinging with tiny stems onto tiny branches, which extended from larger branches. It was the most beautiful and intricate thing I had seen in my life… I was almost mesmerized by the sight! I was hypnotized and loving the sight at the same time! Wow, there was a whole world out there that I had never seen before. While serving at Fort Sam Houston Medical Training Center I met some people from Uath whose beliefs and actions impressed me. When released from active duty, two Mormon missionaries stopped by my house. I invited them in and they proceeded to teach me about the "Plan of Salvation." The impact on me was similar to my experience with corrected vision. For the first time in my life I felt like I understood what the gospel of Jesus Christ was all about. I was fascinated and almost mesmerized by the beauty, intelligence and love of God for me... that God is my father and that Jesus Christ is my brother...

How I live my faith

Since retirement, my wife and I served (2002-2004) a full-time mission on the Mexico-US border providing friendship and leadership help for Spanish-speaking people whom we met. (2004-2010) That was followed by nearly six years of service as Bishop for a congregation in Pflugerville, and (2010-2012) by opening a volunteer employment center in Austin where we helped those in need to obtain better skills and more meaningful careers. (2013-2014) Believe it or not, we are serving in San José, Costa Rica(!) and still struggling with "el idioma español." What a joy and blessing to be in the Rich Coast among such amazing and wonderful people! My sweetheart and are growing old together in service to others. Will we ever walk the byways in the continent of Africa? Service brings us the greatest joy!