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Hi I'm Richard Bell

I am the father of six and grandfather of 16. I am a physician, caring for tiny babies. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family where love was expressed often, both verbally and with actions. My father was an FBI agent, so we moved around often. We traveled through Kentucky and Texas, and finally to Nevada where Reno became our home. My dad could be very tough when he was doing his FBI work, but he was kind and loving at home. He would often come home after work on Friday and get on his hands and knees to scrub the kitchen floor - he felt it was beneath my mother's dignity to have to do that. My mom was and is the kindest person ever to draw breath. She loved and served her family. I met my wife, Giselle, the summer after I graduated from High School. The fellow who was going to be my roommate in college the next fall lived in Carson City. One weekend I went to visit John. Showing off, he tossed me his high school year book and said, "You pick her out and I'll line you up". So, I did!! Several years of college and full time missionary service ensued, but on September 21, 1973 I married my best friend in the Logan temple. She has stood with me through joy and sorrow, sunshine and storm ever since. Our home was blessed with six children: five sons, then our daughter. Being Giselle's husband and their father has been the greatest joy, and most fulfilling center of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I have found God. I know he is real. He is infinitely kind and patient with me. When I read the words in the scriptures, I feel a certainty in my heart that they are His divine words. As I kneel by my bed and pray, I pour out my heart in thanksgiving for my blessings - especially for His mercy and love, and for my family, I feel His care for me. I have felt over and over again that He has protected me, and directed me in my life. When I think that God loved all of us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to atone for our sins and to bear our griefs and carry our sorrows, I too am filled with awesome wonder. I have found Him through the doctrines and teachings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I have served in the Church all my life. Considering what the Lord has done for me, how could I do anything except labor to help others find Him? My greatest joys in serving the Lord have come one-on-one. These have been times I have visited those who were ill, or dying. They have been the times I felt directed to call someone, or visit someone only to find out that they were having a particularly difficult day, and my call or visit helped lift a burden. They have been times I have had the blessing of counseling with someone who is steeped in a life of sin, and desired to find the way back. What joy was present when I could assure them that God does not love us because we are good, but because He is. One of my greatest opportunities has been to use the medical skills I have to help others around the world. I am a neonatologist (a doctor who cares for newborns). Sometimes newborns do not breathe at birth and require help to get started. The process of helping them to start breathing is called Neonatal Resuscitation. It is like CPR for babies in the first minutes of life. A standardized program for this was developed 25 years ago by the American Academy of Pediatrics. For the past 20 years I have had the blessing of traveling to the developing world to teach these life saving techniques to doctors and nurses in China, Mongolia, Ghana, Cambodia, Laos and India. In the US, very few infants die in the first month of life (about 4/1000 births). But in parts of the developing world, this number is 10 to 20 times higher. These are not just statistics. These are babies, children of a loving Heavenly Father. They are brothers or sisters in a family. They have parents who love them and mourn their loss. The opportunity teach a low-tech, effective system to help change tears of sorrow into tears of joy has been the most satisfying part of my professional career. In doing this I have made dear friends the world over. I see God's face in their faces.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Richard Bell
I love the words of God found in the Holy Bible. I have studied this great book many times. I love the words of the Old Testament, and how the people depicted in that sacred book often are shadows of Jesus Christ, and His mission which was still centuries in the future. Show more Show less