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Hi I'm my name is Rich

I'm from the U.S. and currently live and work in Japan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and have 3 wonderful children. I'm a marriage and family therapist and work with military families. My passion is trauma work. Hobbies include singing, racquetball not that I'm very good at it, basketball, and swimming.

Why I am a Mormon

Every text that is sacred to us--The Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price point us to Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World. My testimony is that Jesus lives and that He is my Savior and Redeemer--in fact the Savior and Redeemer of the world. I am so thankful for His atoning sacrifice because it gives me hope each day that I can change and improve my life as I follow His teachings and serve my fellow men.

How I live my faith

In our church, we have no paid ministry, so the service provided is freely given and is a major element in living our faith. As the Branch President of our local congregation, I have many opportunities to work with wonderful local church members in meeting the needs of those in the community whether or not they are members of the church. In addition, daily scripture reading and prayer helps me to live my faith. Because I am far from perfect, consistently applying what I learn is always the challenge! So, I need to repent and consistently ask Heavenly Father for His loving guidance. Taken together, exercising faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, praying, studying, repenting, and finding ways to be of service helps me stay spiritually focused.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

my name is Rich
We have a sacred responsibility to follow our Savior, Jesus Christ. In James we read that we must be doers of the word and not hearers only. The Bible also tells us that unto whom much is given, much is required. Thus, we have a sacred responsibility to do our part. However, even though we may try our best to follow the teachings of Jesus, we learn from Romans that all sin and fall short of the glory of God. Thus, we are not perfect and need help to return to Heavenly Father's presence. Grace is like a bridge--we can try and get to the shore of the river, but Jesus Christ's grace is the bridge that helps us to enter God's presence. His love, kindness, and tender mercies make up the difference for what we cannot do on our own. Show more Show less