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Hi I'm Richard

I'm an army brat and I'm a bipolar Mormon!

About Me

I have been a Mormon all my life, with a lapse in activity while I discovered I am bipolar with an intermittent explosive disorder - this made it difficult for me to associate with my fellow Mormons and, indeed, my life has been a struggle. Heavenly Father has seen me through some very rough times as I have relied on Him for guidance and strength. If you are bipolar, it is very likely that you have seen some rough times yourself and I say this DO NOT GIVE UP! Heavenly Father will see you through if you have faith in Him and in His Son, Jesus Christ. I am a husband and father of two children. My wife is Jewish and my daughter had her Bat Mitzvah at 14. She attends our young women's group regularly. I do PHP programming and I am a Linux enthusiast. I love to sing and act.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the kingdom of God on earth. It teaches the plan of salvation as it is, was and will be. I am a Mormon because I believe that Heavenly Father has guided me through my somewhat abysmally bipolar life, and I trust in Him to continue to do so, and I look forward with faith to the triumphal meeting we will have with Him when we return to the loving Father that He is, free from baggage and disease, seeing clearly again the reasons for the pitfalls and stumbling blocks of Earth life. So, dear reader, if you suffer from anything psychiatric in nature, know that it is because you had the strength and resolve to accept this particular challenge on Earth - you will triumph! You will be blessed because Heavenly Father loves you. Jesus loves you. Your family loves you and last - you must love yourself.

How I live my faith

I live my faith primarily through serving my family, with an interest in their eternal and temporal well-being. I focus my efforts on being a good example and giving my children the tools they need to thrive in this world, teaching them skills for navigating their spiritual progression without too obviously or overtly "teaching" them, because, well, they have minds of their own, and can see right through to the center of any attempts to teach them anything! Alas!, such is the nature of many a teenager, I presume.