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Hi I'm Richard

I'm a Georgia native and psychology student who speaks Japanese. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Senior Psychology Major. I love the outdoors, hiking and white water rafting in particular. I like playing paintball as well. I also enjoy reading just about anything interesting. I write poetry and I love putting together words in creative ways.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I grew up in the church and my family raised me to believe in the restored gospel. I started reading the scriptures at a very young age and I have always had a testimony that the gospel was true. For me, the challenge came with deciding to be truly committed to that truth. As a teenager I really struggled within myself about whether or not I wanted to be fully invested in the church. The turning point for me was realizing that I wanted to go on a mission for the church. Making a commitment to serve the Lord for 2 years was a real debate for me, as it is for most young men I imagine. What I realized was that if I wanted to become the man I both wanted and needed to be I had to be willing to sacrifice. I wanted to make a difference in the world and there was no better way than to share the gospel that I loved. That's why I'm a Mormon. There's no better way to make a difference than to show others around you the way to know their Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I an Elder's Quorum President in a Young Single Adult branch. I work to make sure that the spiritual and temporal needs of our members are provided for. My counselors and I work to make sure everyone is being reached out to and that they feel like they can be a part of the church. We're a small branch with only about 40 of us total which makes like a really big family sometimes. When you're dealing with a bunch of college age kids it can be a challenge to get everyone on the same page but it's really rewarding to have those moments where it comes together and you really feel the Spirit.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Working for the Lord is a reward in and of itself. The church exists to bring life, not to help someone earn a living. We want all our members to learn how to be like our Savior so everyone assumes a role in the church to help bring His work to pass. Show more Show less