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Hi I'm Rick

My wife is from Peru/Brazil, we have two of the cutest little boys in the world and we are an enternal family.

About Me

I run a nonprofit organization called Interfaith Social Services. We are a center for impoverished families residing on Boston's South Shore. I love my job, I am so grateful that I can spend my day helping my neighbors in need. My wife is a Peruvian/Brazilian. We have two amazing little boys, before we had children we were happy, but we never imagined the joy that would come with being a parent. We love our little guys so much! I have two sisters, one older one younger. We have a very close family. The fact that we all live within 5-10 miles of my parents shows that we stayed close to home, not before we saw some other places though. I was a missionary for The Church in Brazil from 1999-2001. It was an incredible experience which drastically altered my view of the world, my place in it, and how I wanted to spend the rest of my life. I got my undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in Provo UT. Shortly after I returned to BYU, after from my mission, I met my wife. She grew up as a non-practicing Catholic in Peru and went to a Methodist High School in Lima. After beginning to study at a college in Lima she accepted an opportunity to study in the United States and choose to go to BYU. One year after starting at BYU, after learning about the gospel, studying The Church, and listening to the missionaries she decided to get baptized. We met two weeks later. One year and 4 days after her baptism we were married in The Church's Salt Lake temple.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I prayed to God and he confirmed in my heart, through the Holy Ghost, that The Church of Jesus Christ was his church on the Earth. My family has lived in Massachusetts since 1623. They have deep seeded roots in this part of the country. While our time spent as members of The Church of Jesus Christ is shorter than the hundreds of years that we have lived in this area, our connection to the gospel of Jesus Christ is far stronger. Both of my parents are from Massachusetts, both are converts to The Church of Jesus Christ. My mom grew up as a non-practicing Congregationalist and my dad grew up as a non-practicing Episcopalian, yet is was The Church of Jesus Christ that brought them to together. My dad grew up in Duxbury MA and went to college in upper New York state. It was at college that the missionaries knocked on his dorm room door and asked if he was interested in hearing their lessons. He was baptized shortly thereafter into The Church of Jesus Christ. Not too long after that he shared the gospel with his brother Steve who was also baptized. My father served as a missionary for the church in Brisbane Australia from 1975-1977. My mom first heard about the church in a bar. A member who had been estranged from the church told her about The Book of Mormon and some of The Church's teachings while they shared a drink at Logan Airport in Boston. After meeting with my mom a few more times He decided to come back to the church and sent the missionaries to teach my mom. Since she was a single mother the missionaries rules would not permit them to teach her without a chaperone, so they invited a former missionary who had recently returned from Australia to accompany them, that was my dad. My mom was baptized in June of 1978, my parents we married in The Church's Washington D.C. Temple in August of 1979, and I was born in August of 1980.

How I live my faith

I strive to serve those around me, and share the gospel with all those who care to listen. I am currently helping to coordinate a branch of The Church in Brockton MA. This branch is made up entirely of Portuguese speakers mostly from the country of Cape Verde. I value my professional position in the community to be able to dispel misconceptions about The Church, to let people know that members of The Church of Jesus Christ are their neighbors, are Christian, and care for the well being of all of our brothers and sisters. In the Community and Interfaith meetings that I take part in for my job I also get to be an unofficial voice for The Church. I strive to live my life by following the example of Jesus Christ.