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Hi I'm Richard

My ancestors came to America from Switzerland. I love learning about my forefathers. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In addition to working as a computer programmer I love to garden and experiment with different ways to grow vegetables, including straw bale gardening. I also work in wood. I build toys and furniture for my grandchildren. I sometimes work with gourds, creating artistic pieces for my wife and friends. I work with Boy Scout groups.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young man I visited many churches with my friends to better understand what was offered by the various religions. The place where I found the clearest answers to "Who am I?", "Why am I here on earth?", Where did I come from before I was born?" and "Where am I going after this life?" was in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The teachings of modern day prophets help to clarify the scriptures and provide guidance for the direction of our lives. Drawing closer to the Savior was very important in my decision to remain close to the church. In addition to the direction from our leaders, it is a comfort to also realize that I, too, can receive divine inspiration to direct and uplift my life and help me to focus more on Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I serve as the Ward Clerk in a young single adult ward. I manage the records in a congregation of single adults, who are a great inspiration to me. I help out with various Boy Scout activities including the district Varsity Mountain Man Rendezvous activity as well as smaller projects to help them develop new interests and talents. We also get to visit other members of our congregation to ensure that they are doing well - that they have jobs, are in good health and that someone is there in case of emergency.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

The Savior spoke to those of his own time regarding the ease of believing in previous, dead prophets but rejecting those prophets and leaders who were living. We come to know that living prophets are true prophets in the same way that we test that ancient prophets were also true prophets. We test their teachings. We test them against what has been taught anciently but not necessarily against what we currently believe because one of the tests of a prophet of God is whether he teaches the people of his day and time to be doing what they have been taught before - to be honest, honorable, virtuous, charitable, kind, loving, chaste and serving people. Then, take what you have observed and heard to God in prayer and ask Him to let you know if Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God. I know that when you have done these things that you will receive an answer from God. Show more Show less