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Hi I'm Rick W.

I am a husband, father, grandfather, and chiropractor. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in the Wisconsin and Connecticut prior to moving to California while in junior high school. I enjoy being with my family, my wife, children and grandchildren. I attended college at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT and Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. When time permits, I enjoy backpacking, photography and photo achieving (digitizing and restoring family photos, old and more recent). I also enjoy working with my hands. I especially take pleasure in the satisfaction of seeing something built or repaired

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by good, hard working parents; my father was an engineer and my mother was a law professor. They were honest, high moral people, but they did not encourage or endorse any specific religion. During my high school years, I began dating a Mormon girl who introduced me to the missionaries. At first, I only listened because she insisted and it was fun to debate them. However, soon I began to realize the importance of their message. I realized that if it was true, it was important and needed to be explored more closely. The girlfriend and I broke up. But even after our breakup, I realized I could not logically deny the teachings of the Mormon church. Being the approximate age of Joseph Smith at the time and having read parts of the Book of Mormon, I knew it was from God. It logically made sense. A few years later I came to know spiritually of the reality of God and the truthfulness of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I had my prayers answered by the power of the Holy Spirit. I now know, and have had it reaffirmed on numerous occasions in my 39 years as a Mormon, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored. I know that we have a living prophet and apostles, and that Joseph Smith restored the Priesthood for the authority of individual salvation and the binding of families for eternity .

How I live my faith

Much of my time in the LDS Church has been working with the teenagers. Whether as a Scoutmaster, Assistant District Commissioner or assisting my wife in her service to the young women of the Church, I have spent many years helping the youth through the difficult teenage years by helping them understand who they are and the potential they have as a child of God. My current Church responsibility is supervising the maintenance and repairs for 3 of our meetinghouses. My relationship with God also affects my professional practice. I attempt to see each person as a child of God, knowing that as I serve them I serve Him. Personally, I read the scriptures and pray daily to better feel His Spirit and become closer to God. I also download spiritual devotionals from BYU and Church conferences to an Ipod for daily instruction on my commute to work. These practices get my day going in the right direction. My faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ provides peace, comfort and direction in my life.