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Hi I'm Richard.

I work every day. I play with my kids. I meet people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an entrepreneurial minded open source software engineer, mountain enthusiast, husband, and father.

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager I realized that I could follow the care free path of many of my peers, or follow the advice of my parents. Through a lot of introspection, exploration, and prayer I decided that I wanted to commit my life to the Mormon faith. That choice has led to blessings far beyond what I imagined.

How I live my faith

My Christianity is not something I just do on Sunday. It affects every decision I make each day. I'm not perfect, but I hope that the way I live my life glorifies He who blesses us.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Richard.
God taught that sex is more about strengthening our family relationships and exercising our potential for being parents then it is about self-gratification. When our society condones sexual relationships outside of traditional marriage, it makes it harder for all those who want to follow God's laws. We need to avoid judging and recognize that no one is perfect and we each struggle with temptation. However, as a society we need to set an expectation of self control that will allow our children the greatest opportunity for lasting happiness. Occasionally people accuse me of being hateful for supporting laws that protect traditional marriage. Such an accusation is similar to saying that those who don't like state sponsored lotteries "hate gamblers". Defining marriage as being between a man and a women is a statement of a preferred social morality, and not a statement of hate directed at any individual. In a Democracy we are entitled to opinions about social morality, and in fact our system of governance depends on us expressing our opinions about right and wrong. My opinions on gambling, alcohol, tobacco, pornography, and marriage are different than a lot of my friends, but I am duty bound to promote laws that I believe will create the most stable and happy society possible. If those who disagree with me outnumber me at the polls, then I have to accept the resulting laws. But to call me names because of a our difference of opinion is an intolerant approach to politics. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Richard.
I frequently hear people say that we need to protect children from pornography. That statement is true, but it forgets that adults are also damaged by the self-gratifying attitudes that pornography depicts. Pornography changes how we view each other. We should be politely vocal about our desire to avoid pornography. Pornography should not be forced upon us by our friends, government, employment, or entertainers. But it will be if we don't speak up about our values. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Richard.
We believe that Priesthood offices should only be held by men. Both men and women have very important roles in God's plan, but they are distinct roles. Men and women both participate in God's Priesthood, but in different ways. This is a principle taught in the New Testament. There are women leaders in the Church. The women's organization is known as the Relief Society, and plays a crucial mission ministering to God's children and saving souls. The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches that women as daughters of God, equal in capability to any man. But sometimes in a search for equality men and women forget what makes them special. The different roles men and women play in Church help us to cherish those differences. As a man, I can never do what my wife does as a woman and as a mother. I feel valued to know that I have a special role in God's plan too. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Richard.
Because of Mormon's commitment to Jesus Christ as their personal savior, they care deeply about being labeled as Christians. But because Mormons see their religion as restored Christianity, they understand that it is clearly different from those denominations that accept the Nicene Creed. Mormons are not Nicene Christians, but they are Christians and they base their belief upon their interpretation of the New Testament like any other Christian. Mormons all of the Apostle's Creed, with the substitution of "the restored Church". Mormons believe the doctrines of the New Testament, though they may interpret them differently than other Christian faiths. Where Mormons differ from other Christians, the disagreement is usually about doctrines as interpreted in extra-biblical creeds. Debating these doctrines can be very interesting, but is not foundational to "who is a Christian". Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Richard.
The exact reason why some would call Morminism a cult depends on the person doing the labelling. I have seen people use the term for various reasons including ignorance and bigotry. However, some aspects of Mormonism contribute to the misunderstanding. * Mormons reject many of the post-biblical doctrines of mainstream Christianity. Because Mormons see their religion as restored Christianity, they understand that it is different from those denominations that descended from the Nicene Creed and the Reformation. People label what is different. * Mormonism takes a lot of commitment. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ was never meant to be a hobby, but the effort to put God first can make Mormons appear the same on the surface. You will find that there is a lot of variety underneath. * Because there is no professional local clergy, regular members do a lot of the work that a paid clergy would do in other faiths. This limits how much some Mormons participate in their larger communities. Most Mormons make an effort to be active contributors in their communities, but are often very busy. * Mormons are taught to be modest and chaste. They do not use recreational drugs such as alchohol, tobacco, coffee, or tea. They often avoid social gatherings where sexuality, drinking, or drug use is common. Though new Mormons are encourage to maintain their previous friendships, many relationships change. Mormons do not avoid non-Mormons, but they can give that impression. Show more Show less