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Hi I'm Rick Andreasen

I'm a dad of 7, a husband, and a chiropractor. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad of seven children, a devoted husband and father, and I'm a chiropractor. I love being outdoors - hiking, camping, etc. I love music and sing in a men's a cappella group.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have had several witnesses through the Holy Spirit that the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the LDS Mormon Church contains the truth. I believe that this Church represents the same Church that Jesus Christ Himself established on the earth when He was living here. I have prayed to God the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, to know that this is true, and I have felt the confirmation of the Holy Spirit telling me that it is.

How I live my faith

My family and I worship each Sunday in our local congregation in Queen Creek, Arizona. I serve our congregation "Ward" as its Bishop, similar to what a pastor or parish priest would do. I also have a full-time job that allows me to support my family, as the Mormon Church does not have any paid clergy. Our family is active in the Boy Scouts of America, with our children participating in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturing Scouts as sponsored by our Ward. On Wednesdays you will find us at the Church building, participating in the programs the Church sponsors for the youth, including age-appropriate activities for children and teenagers. We even have basketball games and exercises classes! We love spending time together as a family, strengthening each other and the bonds that God has placed within families.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Rick Andreasen
No, we're not. The expectation is there that young men will serve a two-year mission when they turn 19, but there isn't a penalty for not doing so. We recognize that the call to serve a mission comes from a Prophet of God, so many Mormon youth - men and women - do elect to serve the Lord as missionaries. When I turned 19 I was very eager to serve a mission and attempt to "pay back" the Lord for all of the blessings He had given me in my life. Of course, we never can truly pay Him back, but we can try by serving Him as He has asked us to do. My oldest son recently left for two years to serve the Lord in Asunciön, Paraguay. While we all miss him, we are proud of the decision he has made to serve his Savior, and we support him 100%. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Rick Andreasen
The Word of Wisdom is one of the Church's principles that the general public is most aware of. People are curious about our code of health, which teaches us to care for our physical bodies so that our spirits can be better in tune with our Heavenly Father's spirit. We don't drink coffee or tea we don't drink any alcohol no tobacco in any form, and no dangerous drugs, meaning illegal substances. The promises that Heavenly Father makes to those who obey the Word of Wisdom are really the most remarkable part. He promises us not only better health, but also increased sensitivity to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. The inspired nature of the Word of Wisdom was made clear to me as a teenager, as I saw friends in school who partook of these substances and then had to pay the consequences of having done so. As an adult, I'm proud to say that I have never had any substance abuse problems, and that I've lived my life free of the negative effects of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Rick Andreasen
The process to becoming a member of the Church is simple. The missionaries that are often seen going two-by-two have the specific assignment to teach those who are interested in learning more about the Church. They have a series of discussions that will introduce you to the basic teachings of the church and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Then, when you are ready, they can assist you to be admitted to membership in the Church by baptism by immersion by someone who has the authority to do so. After baptism, you will be confirmed a member of the Church and will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, just as we read about in the Bible. There is a link right here on Mormon.Org to chat online with missionaries, and they can then assist you to find missionaries in your own area who can sit down and discuss the teachings of the Church with you. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Rick Andreasen
In Jesus' day on the Earth, He indeed called 12 apostles to assist in His ministry. Their mission did not end with the Savior's death, as we read in the book of Acts. New apostles were chosen as those original apostles either died or lost their offices. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the same organization that existed in the original Church that the Savior established when He was on the Earth. Certainly the need for 12 apostles has never been greater than it is today! Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Rick Andreasen
I have found in my life that when I am overly concerned about my own needs, I become less sensitive to others' needs. I also have less time / energy to focus on spiritual matters. So, by working towards self-reliance, I allow myself to then be able to focus on what *really* matters - my relationship with others, and my relationship with God. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Rick Andreasen
Mormon church services are very calm and relaxed. You won't hear shouting or pulpit-pounding, and you may be amazed to see whole families attending together. Our main weekly meeting is called "Sacrament Meeting," as is about an hour-long meeting, with the focus being the taking of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. The bread and water, emblems of Jesus' sacrifice for us, are passed to the members of the congregation who wish to partake. We believe that by taking weekly of this Sacrament, we are renewing the covenants we made when we were baptized. We also receive spiritual strength to help in the upcoming week. In a typical Sacrament Meeting we worship with music. The whole congregation is invited to sing together in praise, and hymnbooks are located near every seat for you to follow along and join in! There may also be a presentation by a choir, soloist, or instrumentalist. We believe music is an important part of worship, and reverent music can help us feel the Lord's presence in our meeting. We don't have sermons - we have "talks." Two or three members of the congregation have been invited beforehand to share their thoughts or insights into the Gospel and how it blesses their lives. This participation is voluntary, and allows us to grow closer as a congregation as we share our experiences together. We also have Sunday School classes for children and adults, where the teachings of Jesus Christ and His prophets and apostles are taught. Come worship with us! Show more Show less