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Hi I'm Richard Dario Pradenas

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in California in a family with no religious background. I served a mission to Chile.

About Me

I was raised without any religious affiliation. My parents bought a house and the previous owners told me that the boy across the street my same age. The next morning I knocked on their door and we have been friends for the last 55 years. His family introduced me to the Church. I served a mission in Chile (1972 to 1974). I've served in a Bishopric, in the Young Men's organization, on the Stake High Council, as a High Priest Group Leader, and am currently teaching, with my wife, the 15-16 year old Sunday School Class. I attended BYU and graduated with Bachelors and a Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering. My first job out of college was in Southern California and I have lived here ever since; except for three years when we lived in Santa Cruz, CA. I married in 1987 and we have a family with two daughters; one is married and lives in Atlanta, GA the other is starting college and living at home. I enjoy photography, bicycling, hiking, sailing, and ocean kayaking.

Why I am a Mormon

First, I consider myself a Christian. I believe that Jesus, born of Mary, fulfilled all Old Testament Messianic prophecy. I believe that He is my Saviour and advocate with the Father. Second, I am a Mormon because it has the same doctrines and organization as the First Century Church organized by Jesus. When I reject all non-Biblical doctrines found in traditional Christianity I see the Church that Christ organized. In particular, I find the nature of Jesus and God and the doctrines of revelation and salvation as taught in the New Testament embodied in LDS doctrines. Christ plainly taught after His ressurection that he was not a spirit but a visible and tangible Being of flesh and bone. Christ established his Church on the rock of revelation and Paul warns us to "Despise not prophesyings". Acts is replete with examples of revelation guiding the early Church. Characteristic of the first body of saints to be called Christian (at Antioch) were prophets. Matthias was chosen by revelation to replace Judas. Peter receives revelation to carry the Gospel to the Gentiles. Peter receives revelation that Christian converts are not required to be circumcised. There is no Biblical basis for a closed canon. The good news of the Gospel is that salvation is available to all mankind. The traditional Christian views that ordinances or confession of a belief in Christ sound good on the surface but are really bad news. They exclude all who, for not fault of their own, live in a time when or a place where the Gospel of Jesus Christ was not avaliable. The New Testament and LDS doctrines teach how those that died without having an opportunity to hear and accept Christ's message can be saved. Christ not only never taught that a confession of belief was sufficient for salvation but refuted that idea. In more than one instance He was asked "What must I do to be saved?" He never responed that confession of belief in Him was sufficient.

How I live my faith

I try to live my Faith by modeling the Parable of the Good Samaritan. There are five principals in this parable: the traveler, Samaritan, Highway men (thieves and robbers), Inn Keeper, and Priesthood holders (Priest and Levite). The traveler is left half-dead by the thieves and robbers. The Priest and Levite happen upon him but provide no aid. The Samaritan finds the traveler, cares for him, takes him to an inn and leaves him in the care of the Inn Keeper. I've acted like each of these principals in my life. Sometimes in my life I have acted like the thieves and robbers and "wounded" some people. At times, I have been like the Priest and Levites and not helped these in need when I could have. Other times I have been like the Samaritan and helped the physically, emotionally, or spiritually wounded and have taken people to the inn (Church). I have acted as the Inn Keeper in caring for (by teaching, leading, and ministering to) others. I try to live my faith by being cautious in word and need not to "wound" others, helping when I am able, and ministering to the needs of others.

What is faith?

Richard Dario Pradenas
Paul defines Faith as is the substance, assurance, basis, or foundation of things hoped for, the evidence or proof of things not seen.” The idea of having proofs of things we cannot see is a difficult concept. I realized that some really smart people; Fermi, Salzar, Heisenburg, Bohr, Rutherford, Einstien, Watson, and Roentgen made great discoveries about the atom based on evidences of "things not seen". The idea to "test" the Word of God and look for evidences of its truth is scriptural. Jesus said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God . From Malachi: "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, ..., and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it”. Ether 12:6 … I would show that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness (evidences) until after the trial (experiment) of your faith. Alma tells us to “experiment upon his words” by planting the smallest seed of faith in our lives, nurturing it, and looking for the fruits. Test the power of the Atonement in your lives through complete repentance. The unseen evidence is the peace that comes through becoming again, at one with the Savior. This is why faith (evidences) without works (experiments) is dead (James 2). Show more Show less