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Hi I'm Richard

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a grandfather of 12, father of 5, born in Arizona of pioneer heritage, lover of liberty and rights, husband to a wife that shares love of liberty, love of family, and delighted to be LDS for the hope in the promises. I served a mission in Brazil and love being fluent still in Portuguese. I have learned Spanish and want to learn Chinese thoroughly, since I just completed 10 months (as of July 2010) teaching English in China. I have also lived and worked in Singapore and Angola, and visited besides these 33 other foreign countries. I love traveling internationally and mingling with and appreciating other cultures and traditions. I love the study of history as being very relevant to successful living now. I also like to trace my family roots and tree.

Why I am a Mormon

I have deep convictions of the divine origin of this gospel, and it blesses my life deeply in countless ways. I have enjoyed a strong family tie to members of my extended family, and my own family enjoys similar ties. I love the temple and the Book of Mormon, and the sense of purpose and service that derive from these truths. The church is the original Church of Jesus Christ reestablished in our day. There is life and spiritual power in the doctrine. I love it through and through. I served a full-time two-year mission to Brazil from age 19-21, and I learned so much by teaching and personal sacrifice that I can accept that this Church has a divine origin.

How I live my faith

I take time to participate in family activities, such as weekly family home evening, and reunions. I attend church faithfully, and accept callings to give service. I currently teach a Sunday School class and sing in the choir. I share the teachings and my reasons for belief to any willing to listen, in hopes that they can share a strong hope and joy similar to my own.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I sincerely believe that the prophets, that is the presidents, of the Church have all been divinely appointed as the mouthpiece of God to all God's children on the earth. President Thomas S. Monson, has dedicated his life to service in the world, and teaches pure doctrines. He follows the Saviors example to love others, and sets a good example for all of us to follow. Show more Show less