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Hi I'm Ric

I am the descendant of Mormon pioneers who had to find out for himself if this was crazy or not. It's not crazy and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello, I'm Ric. Why no K on the end of my first name? Well, when I was in the eigth grade, over 45 years ago, this was my way of expressing my individualism. My, how times have changed. Now kids do that with tatoos, piercings and purple hair. I grew up in a small town in Washington state. My father was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was unaware of our family's history in the early year's of the church. My mother was not a member. She did join the church when I was 14 years old. After high school and a year of college I served a two year church mission in So. Caliofornia. It truly changed my life. After my mission I enrolled at Southern Utah State College where I received a degree in elementary education. I also met my wife Lori there. My first job after graduation was in Vancouver., WA. We lived there for 26 years and had 6 children. Three are now waiting for us on the other side. I taught 5th/6th grade and Lori did in home day care and then owned her own early childhood center for 15 years. In 2001 I became an elementary principal and we moved to Oak Harbor, WA. I retired after 30 years in WA schools in 2005 and worked part time as an ed. lecturer at a local university. I am currently the education manager at a children's museum, in addition to occasional university work. I love kayaking (including building them) camping, history, cooking, and classic T.V. I love serving in the Church as well, particularly with the children and the youth.

Why I am a Mormon

I became truly converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as I was serving as a missionary for the church. The study, prayer, commitment, and sacrifice neccesary to be a successful missionary led to my receiving one of the greatest gifts one can have: a testimony, firm and unrelenting, of the truthfulness of the gospel of Christ, and His role as my savior and redeemer. I am a Mormon because I have received a witness that this is the true path to eternal family happiness and the ultimate discovery of all truth. As promised in scripture, that witness came by the power of the Holy Ghost. This is the path our Heavenly Father would have us take. I have experienced much joy and much sorrow in my life. I have experienced the grief associated with the loss of children. My faith in Jesus Christ and His gospel has been my constant and consistant anchor through the many growth experiences I have been blessed to have.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving and helping others however and whenever I can. Much of my church service has been with the youth of the Church. I have been the leader of our congregation and have had the opportunity to see the growth a person experiences when they are faithful to the gospel plan. I have also witnessed the sorrow caused by sin and rebellion. I have had side-splitting fun taking teenage youth on campouts, hikes, paddles, whitewater trips, and service experiences. I love the curiosity of children, combined with their often un-questioning faith. I share much of that childhood curiosity and look forward to the day when all the curious questions will be answered. In the meantime I try to emulate the faith of a child in my own life. Being a member of this church brings me so much joy, even in difficult times.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

As a matter of fact, just yesterday I, along with a group of friends from my ward (congregation) spent about 60 man-hours scraping the crud off of the bleachers in a historic old gym in a small community nearby. We did it for no reason other than to be of service to the community. Over the years I have cut wood, cleared trails, collected food, served meals, filled sand bags, moved furniture, build playground equipment, and many other things, for people and organizations not affiliated with my church. It is a blessing, and just plain fun to help out when I can. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom, or the practice of abstaining from harmful, addictive substances, as well as nourishing and caring for both body and spirit, is a beautiful example of the necessity for and blessing of modern day revelation through the prophet, Joseph Smith. I choose to live this commandment for three primary reasons. 1. Living it will bless my physical body, which the scriptures teach me is to be considered and treated as a temple. 2. Living it sets me apart from most of the rest of the world, and I don't think that is such a bad thing. When people realize the health code I live by a common response is, "Oh, you must be a Mormon." 3. Finally, I live by the Word of Wisdom because as a Latter-day Saint I said I would, and it was God to whom I said it, and I am bound by my word. Show more Show less