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Hi I'm Rick

I'm a Mormon, a father, an avid reader, a computer geek, and a proud member of the U.S. Air Force.

About Me

I'm from Phoenix, AZ, and I grew up in a good family. I have 4 sisters and a younger brother with Autism. I have a lot of hobbies, namely reading large Sci Fi and Fantasy novels, playing around on computers, playing musical instruments such as the trumpet, trombone and piano, and doing things with my own hands. I am an Eagle Scout. I wrestled in high school, and got 6th in State at the 112 lbs weight class. I received my Bachelor's degree from DeVry University in Computer Information Systems, and I am currently attending Capella University for my M.S in IT, in Information Assurance and Security. I work out of Fort Meade for the US Air Force, where I support network infrastructure. I love spending my free time at home with my family, my wife Rachel, my son Evan, and my son who's on the way.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother's side of the family have been Mormons for generations. My father was a convert when he was a teenager. I grew up in the church, and have my own testimony. Through my own studying and prayerful thought, I know that this church is based solely on the word of God, and has the fullness of the gospel. I gave two years of my life voluntarily, putting my college education on hold, to serve a mission in New York City with the Spanish speaking population there. The happiest moments of my life happened through the church, and I would not have been as happy or successful without the church and Christ's teachings in my life.

How I live my faith

I have a pretty busy life - between life in the military, graduate school and my family, I still find the time to dedicate to the Lord. I assist the full time missionaries in my area teach new members and people investigating the church. I also help my wife with youth activities, and help watch the toddlers sometimes during classes. I visit a couple families during the month to make sure they are doing all right.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Every practicing Christian believes in the principle of gospel ordinances by proxy - otherwise Jesus Christ could not have undertaken the suffering of the Atonement for our sakes. Just as Christ undertook His marvelous Work to save us, we in His example do what we can to help His work. God's work is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man - not just a few, but to as many of His children as possible. Yet remain many people in history did not have the opportunity to accept the Gospel of Christ in their lifespan. God in his infinite Mercy made it possible for those who have passed on to learn and receive the gospel in the next life, but without the essential ordinances of the gospel that we receive here, it will not save them. Thus, we perform the ordinances on behalf of our deceased ancestors so they can choose to receive it as well. God has a plan to save as many of His children as are willing to accept it, and we are just doing our part to help. Show more Show less