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Hi I'm Richard

I am an instructional designer and love teaching youth. My son with Down Syndrome is a leukemia survivor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a faithful and devoted father and husband. My youngest son has Down Syndrome and battled leukemia successfully from ages 2-5. He is one of the greatest blessings that could ever come to our family. I spend 20-30 minutes most nights reading with him, and on most Saturdays we try to wear matching colors. I feel the love of the Lord most powerfully in my family. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ and have found that the blessings of faith fill my life. We have a large and very fun family and I have a lasting hope that one day I will consistently get enough sleep. I love Japan (hiked Mount Fuji with four sons). I am a fairly decent racquetball player and enjoy sports. I like to say that I played six sports in high school, and in each one, I was the coach’s favorite player – he kept me right by him on the bench. My education and employment has been In instructional design. I love to help people learn. Currently I am an educational administrator and enjoy creating systems that promote learning.

Why I am a Mormon

I have asked God multiple times if this is His church. Consistent, warm, spiritual feelings fill my heart and confirm to me that this is true and where I should be. Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you" (John 14:26). That has been my experience, over and over again. I know for myself that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I feel His love and guidance in my life regularly. His love is amazing.

How I live my faith

For that past several years, I have had the opportunity to work with young single adults. I love this group. Their enthusiasm, excitement, and eagerness to learn are simpily magnetic. They face real issues, have real questions, and are in the middle of life-changing decisions. I get to teach them the Gospel in groups and counsel with them one-on-one. They build my faith in the Lord and my confidence in the future. I pray to God and read from the Holy Scriptures every day. These are very important activities for me. Our family also prays together, reads the scriptures, and talks about the gospel regularly. My wife and I are close to our children and try our best to support them in their growth.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Richard
In my experience, a lot of people feel that they are missing something in a spiritual sense. They are looking for something, but often don't really know that they are looking. Many doubt that anyone really knows the answers to life's tough questions and so they don't openly ask. Mormon missionaries proselytize in hopes that they can connect with those who are seeking a closer relationship with God, or to even know Him for the first time. Because missionaries are not paid and receive no personal gain from their efforts, missionaries can provide a safe environment for people to learn to pray, read scriptures, learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to experience worship. Those who listen to their message are free to explore without pressure or obligation. When someone makes progress in their journey to God, missionaries rejoice with them. There are few feelings that can compare with this shared joy. When I was 19 years old I expressed my desire to be a missionary and was asked to fill a two-year mission to Japan. Many years later, four of our sons have felt the same desire, and each in turn was asked to serve in a different part of Japan. For all of us to have been asked to go to Japan is highly unusual but has been a source of bonding in our family. Each of us has had the experience of helping people come to know Jesus Christ for the first time. These are treasured experiences. Show more Show less