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Hi I'm Rich Price

I grew up in Long Beach, California, but have made Oregon my home.

About Me

I am a retired computer programmer and software engineer. During the last few years, I have written several books on weight loss and diabetes management. I am interested in public speaking and earned my Able Toatmaster's award with Toastmaster's International. I am also interested in accounting, economics, computers, world religions, science and genealogy.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion began when I read a Book of Mormon in a motel room at Mt. Carmel Junction near Zion National Park. I didn't completely understand what is was, but I remember thinking "Those Mormons have Angels appearing to them just like in the Bible". While in high school a friend challenged me to read The Book of Mormon. Not waiting for him to give me a copy, a checked one out of the public library and took it on a camping trip with me. I was baptized several months later. What attracted me most was the principle of modern revelation, both to the individual and to the Church.

How I live my faith

I have had many callings since joining the Church. Always, there is the calling of a Home Teacher. After joining the Church, I served a mission to New Zealand. I have also served as a Ward Missionary Leader and various teaching and clerical callings. Since retiring, I have served two Church Service Missions, one as an Employment Services Missionary and one as a Family History Support Missionary.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Rich Price
Husbands and wives are equal partners in the family. The husband's primary responsibility are to earn a living for the family, call the family to prayer and scriptural study, and preside over them in righteousness. The wife's primarily responsibility is to train and nurture the children. Both men and women are encouraged to obtain all of the education that they can. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Rich Price
Tithing is the Lord's law of finance for his Church. It is given to a member of the local Bishopric in sealed envelopes. The collected Tithings are sent to Church headquarters. This allows us to build chapels, temples and other buildings without incurring debt. It also provides transportation for General Authorities and those serving missions, and supports other Church programs such as education and welfare. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Rich Price
Latter-day Saints meet weekly for church services in a chapel. Such meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend. In Temples we make sacred covenants of consecration and service. Marriages in the Temple are solemnized for "Time and All Eternity". These ordinances and also baptisms are performed in behalf of the dead. The departed spirits may accept or reject these ordinances. This is reflective of God's love for all of his children. Only Church Members with a recommend from their Bishop are able to attend the Temple. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Rich Price
After death we return to the world of spirits. The righteous are received into a state of happiness known as paradise. The wicked are received into a state of suffering known as hell or the spirit prison. Those who have not had the opportunity of hearing the gospel in this life will have the opportunity there. Necessary ordinances such as baptism are performed in their behalf in special edifices known as Temples. Eventually all will be resurrected. Both body and spirit are necessary in order to experience a fulness of joy. All will be judged according to their works and receive their own reward. The righteous will continue to grow and progress even beyond the grave, a doctrine known as Eternal Progression or Exaltation. To obtain this glory, it is necessary for a man and woman to be married and sealed in the Temple for "Time and All Eternity". Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Rich Price
Latter-day Saints are often criticized for their believe in the necessity of good works. However, in fact, they believe in more grace than anyone else. All little children who die before reaching an age of accountability as well as those who are mentally deficient are saved by virtue of the Atonement of Christ. We also believe that those who have not had the opportunity of accepting the Gospel in this life will receive that opportunity in the spirit world between death and the resurrection. Without the Atonement of Christ, it would not be possible to be resurrected or to live with our loved ones in the eternities. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Rich Price
There are several reasons why our evangelical brothers and sisters have difficulty accepting Latter-day Saints as Christians. Most of these; such as the doctrine of the trinity, the incorporeal nature of God, and the end of revelation with the Apostles; are easily disputable with the scriptures. The biggest reason why we are not regarded as Christians has to do with our beliefs regarding grace and works. Most evangelicals believe that salvation is strictly a matter of God's grace. They reject any idea that we actually need "to do something" to affect our salvation beyond the acceptance of the free gift of grace. Any reformation of character is strictly the work of the Holy Ghost. I like the way C. S. Lewis handles this issue in "Mere Christianity" (See chapter on Faith). The reason we come to Christ in the first place is because we have sorrow for our sins and seek reconciliation. Why would we have sorrow for sins if we were not striving to live God's commandments and found ourselves wanting? It is this attitude, which we call "having a broken heart and contrite spirit", that both leads us both to obedience and to the throne of grace. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Rich Price
What Latter-day Saints Believe about Christ - He was the first Spirit born of the Father, or the Firstborn in the Spirit World before the world was. - He was selected to be the savior of the Father's other spirit children, "the lamb slain before the foundation of the world". - He created the earth under direction of the father. - He was the Jehovah of the Old Testament who delivered the Ten Commandments to Moses and revealed himself to the Prophets. - He was born of a virgin and is Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. - He obeyed all the commandments of the Father thus qualifying himself to be our redeemer. - He fulfilled the law of Moses and introduced the Gospel. - He paid for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the Cross. - He broke the bands of death and inaugurated the Resurrection. - He entered into Paradise and initiated the preaching of the gospel to those in the Spirit Prison. - Under direction of the father, he appeared to Joseph Smith to restore the Gospel in the Latter Days. - He will return to the earth to begin the Millennium, a thousand years of peace and prosperity. - Jesus, under direction of the Father, will always be our Lord. Show more Show less