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Hi I'm Frank Richardson

I'm glad to be a Mormon.

About Me

I've already lived a long and rewarding life and look forward to the happy years ahead. The best parts of life are being surrounded by our children and grandchildren (see my photo with a daughter and granddaughter), exploring this beautiful world, and making a productive contribution to the community. I served as a military chaplain (Vietnam), and worked as a trainer and administrator in a worldwide humanitarian organization. Since retiring, I find genuine satisfaction in teaching at a nearby university, writing and publishing fiction, and being with my lovely wife. One thing is certain, life gets better as it goes along.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a great need to understand my place in the scheme of things and to have a purpose. Coming to understand the teachings of Mormonism has brought me the needed intellectual and emotional stability I seek. When I see the marvels of this earth and look at the astounding photos of space from the Hubble Telescope, I know within me that I'm viewing the handiwork of a loving, and infinite creator, the intelligent creations of Heavenly Father. Not everyone sees that, or believes it, or accepts it. That's okay. But I feel that assurance welling up from the depths of my soul. I also hold tight to hope in the promise of redemption, the work of Christ. I embrace these basic Mormon doctrines, not because they're fashionable, but because they satisfy a hunger within me.

How I live my faith

I try to be loyal to the lifestyle that Mormonism implies. Not that I think anyone else would notice, but because I feel good when I do. Volunteering for a morning at the homeless shelter, guiding youth on a hike or bike ride, giving an honest day's labor to my employers, trying not to be a total loser as a husband, taking care of my body, knocking doors in the neighborhood for donations to my favorite charity, and engaging in personal worship, these are the things I can count on to make me feel better and find happiness.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Frank Richardson
My good friends in other faiths sometimes claim that Mormons are a cult—meaning that Mormons aren't Christians. That used to hurt my feelings because I believe so deeply in the ministry of Christ and consider him my personal Savior. The same is true for all the Mormons I know. In addition, most Mormons I know try to live a Christian life in the sense that they strive to be kind, generous, honest, morally clean, good neighbors and citizens, etc. They try to be Christ-like in their conduct. It took me a long time to realize that most of those who kick Mormons out of Christianity don't do so because they think Mormons are bad people, but because Mormons don't accept the Trinity—the defining doctrine of Catholic and Protestant Christianity. Okay, I get that, and I finally understand. We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in his Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. Three eternal, perfected beings who are one in purpose, in the way they think, act, and govern. The Father presides, the Son acts under his direction, the Holy Ghost testifies of both. What I have discovered, to my surprise and comfort, is how many of my Catholic and Protestant friends essentially believe the same thing—despite the doctrine of the Trinity proclaimed by the churches they belong to. Many people believe in a loving, personal, eternal Father who rules in the universe and who sent his Son to earth to atone for the sins of mankind. We have more in common than the few things that separate us. Show more Show less