Hi I'm Rick
I am a retired architect and father of seven children. I'm a Mormon.
I am a very happily married man. Shortly after I joined the Church in 1966, I met a wonderful young lady. After my tour in Viet Nam, we were married for all eternity in the Temple. We have 7 children and 20 grandchildren. I retired in 2005 so we could go on a senior mission. We served 18 months in Romania. We returned home to 2 new grandchildren and enjoyed our time with all of our family for 20 months before going to Iceland for another 18 month mission. I think our greatest joy besides our family has been serving the great people of Romania and Iceland as we helped them come to know Jesus Christ and His gospel.
As a 21 year old college student, I was first introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Sister missionaries who came to my apartment looking for the previous tenant. When they asked if they could share their message with me, I told them I didn't have time as I was working and going to school to complete my architecture degree and enjoyed my Sundays skiing in the winter and flying in the summer. They didn't give up completely and left me a book called Meet the Mormons. I said I didn't have time to read it but they left it anyway. I walked the mile to campus and set up my workstation with the intention of working all day on my projects. The Spirit of the Lord was working on me however, and I could not get the book out of my thoughts. I put everything away and went back to my apartment and read the book. Thus began my road to becoming a Mormon. I went to Church that Sunday and have never quit going. Between the missionary lessons, attending Church every Sunday, and reading the Book of Mormon, I finally decided I needed to know if the Book of Mormon was true and if Joseph Smith did see God the Father and Jesus Christ. After many hours on my knees the Holy Ghost testified to me that Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith did see God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. From that testimony I have never doubted the truth of the Book of Mormon or Joseph Smith's testimony. I was baptized and have come to know my Savior Jesus Christ. What greater blessing can anyone have?
First was to realize we all have different backgrounds but that doesn't matter to the Lord. He is here for everyone of us if we will just ask and listen. We also have a living Prophet at the head of the Church and if we will listen to him and do, we will have greater peace and happiness. When I am asked to teach a class or lead an organization or clean the Church, I know it is my responsibility to do my best and the Lord will in turn be therefore me and help me both in those responsibilities and those of my work and family. I love Jesus Christ and am trying my best to do what he wants me to do.