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Hi I'm Rick

I was born and raised in Arizona. I am a structural engineer. I have been a Mormon my entire life.

About Me

While growing up in Flagstaff, AZ I was in boy scouts, hunted deer and elk and did some water skiing at Lake Mary. I am married and have 4 sons. I have been married since 1985 and find being a husband and father very fulfilling. I still like hunting and hiking in Arizona. We now have a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter! This has added such a fun dimension to our family. I have always liked to build things. At first I wanted to be an Architect, but while in college I decided to become an engineer. I ended up staying college to get a BS and a MS in civil engineering. I did not settle on Structural Engineering until my second job out of college. I work as a structural engineer here in Arizona.

Why I am a Mormon

My family on both sides were mormon pioneers. So I was born and raised as a mormon. My whole family believed the same as I did - so most of my activity in the church was just automatic. Although I was both teased and respected for being a mormon in High School - serving a mission away from my family gave me an excellent opportunity to see how I really felt about being a mormon. I loved my mission because I was serving other people, studying, pondering, teaching and thinking about the gospel everyday. Questions that I had prayed about as a youth were answered very powerfully on my mission in the peace and quite of my apartment.

How I live my faith

I attend church every week and until recently I worked with the boy scouts (young men) in our ward. Each week I would teach a gospel lesson geared to young men - and most months we would go on a hike somewhere in AZ. I (and my youngest son) look out for 4 families, one of which is a single mom raising her last two children. I helped install a gas heater and AC unit in her small rental home. Personally I try to pray once a day, on my knees, vocally, usually in my closet. As a family we pray once a day and we read the scriptures once a day. Currently we are reading the New Testiment

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

John 3:5 says: Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Elsewhere in the New Testament Jesus was baptized and scolded those that were not baptized like he was - by John the Baptist. God is no respecter of persons. So, if it is necessary to be saved or baptized in this life - one needs to ask, "what about all those people that died without a knowledge of this important requirement?" Are they forever damned? To be completely fair - a loving God wants all of his children to have a chance to either accept or reject his plan. We believe everyone will get at least one chance to accept god and his plan for them. Show more Show less