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Hi I'm Rick

I am a computer geek and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Southwestern New York. I joined the Air force after High School. I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints shortly thereafter. I have since retired from the Air Force and work as a civilian for the Department of the Navy as a computer scientist. I am also an Extra Class Radio Amateur. I have been married for nearly 30 years and have four children.

Why I am a Mormon

In my youth my Grandmother was the primary religious influence in my life and I would attend church with her. We attended the Assembly of God and later a Pentecostal church. During my late teen years I began searching for more. I studied various religions. I joined the Air Force at age 17 and attended several different services during basic training. I studied Eastern religions, Catholicism, Judaism, and various protestant denominations. I met a strange guy while in basic training that taught me things that were quite different, but intriguing. I met with the missionaries once while we were at basic training. At first, I was skeptical of their message. However, as I learned more, it all seemed very familiar to me. They gave me The Book of Mormon to read and asked me to pray about it and ask Heavenly Father if it was the true Word of God. I followed their admonishment and I was reading in the 32nd chapter of book of Alma and had a very good feeling. I knelt down to pray about it and received a very strong witness by the Holy Ghost that the book was the Word of God. I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday!

How I live my faith

I love the way The Church of Jesus Christ operates! It is different from other religions I have been associated with as we do not have a paid ministry. The Church functions through a lay ministry, each member is given specific responsibilities to carry out to help the local congregation, we in the Church refer to them as “callings.” We believe that our leaders are inspired by the Holy Ghost in selecting us for particular responsibilities or callings. I have the responsibility as a Stake Technology Specialist. Since I work as a computer scientist and have a degree in Electronics, the Lord has seen fit to use these talents to help the local congregations. Congregations in the Church are called Wards or Branches depending on their size. A Stake consists of several congregations of Wards and Branches. So I have the responsibility to maintain the computer and electronic assets used by various Wards and Branches in the Stake. I also have a special responsibility to visit select members our Ward and provide assistance to them in any way that I can. I also have responsibilities to my Family and encourage them to pray and read from the scriptures daily.  

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Rick
I have been asked many times if I worship Joseph Smith. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints worship our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Perhaps our view of God is a bit different from many Christians in that we believe that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are separate and distinct persons, each having a resurrected body. The Holy Ghost is also a personage, but is a Spirit and does not have a body of flesh and bone. We worship God, not Joseph Smith. While we do revere Joseph Smith as a prophet, it no different than the reverence we would give to any prophet, such as Moses, Noah, Isaiah, etc. Joseph Smith was chosen as a special prophet to restore the fullness of the Lord’s gospel to the world for the last time, prior to Christ’s second coming. We are grateful for what Joseph Smith did to restore the gospel and sealed his testimony with his blood. What Joseph Smith accomplished was great, however it pales in comparison to the great and everlasting atonement that the Lord Jesus Christ made for all mankind, that allows us all to repent and be forgiven of our sins and have the opportunity to live with our Father in Heaven again.  Show more Show less