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Hi I'm Richard

I grew up in Ohio, retired from the Navy, I love sushi, and I'm grateful to be a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and a father of eight children, and now a grandfather of seven. These are sixteen of the greatest things ever to happen to me. I started working when I was 15 as a handyman's helper. I then worked in the Navy Seabees (construction battalions) for 20 years. I inspected homes, and now am a certified Facilities manager. I enjoy working with my hands, my mind, and with youth. I love the outdoors, even more I enjoy youth in the outdoors, I enjoy fishing, hiking, canoeing, mountain hiking, swimming, tubing (but not the day after) and used to enjoy carving things when I had free time. I enjoy family history work and talking with my family members to learn about who I am. I really enjoy helping other people, and even more when they do not know I am doing it, or if it is helping them to be self reliant. There is so much need of true friends around and it is a great joy to develop friendships of people I serve and spend time with. It is also so enjoyable to watch a youth or a new friend as we talk about principles and the lights go on, as the Spirit teaches truth to them or myself. I enjoy spending time with others and most especially my family. I went to school and it took me 18 years of night school to finish my degree because I changed schools so often while in the Navy. I love family, friends, food and sleep, even if I don't get much of the last two very often any more. I enjoy being happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I learn more about the Lord and myself as I get answers to my prayers, receive guidance from the Spirit of the Holy Ghost, and understand the scriptures more and more, and can apply them in my life. I see the moving of mountains in the hearts of those that act upon the promptings of the Spirit, including myself. I am happy and have direction and hope in my life because of the knowledge and hope I continue to gain in the Lord. Above all of this I am Mormon and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I have received a witness from the Holy Ghost that He loves me; that He lives and actively guides The Church through His living prophet today; that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God, as is the Holy Bible; that I, my wife, and my children are sealed for time and all eternity by the priesthood as restored by the Lord, through His servant the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know He forgives me as I repent and exercise faith in Him; and I know I am His today and forever. I love Him and I know He loves me.

How I live my faith

I live from one experience, trial, or enjoyable moment to the next. I have been and am still learning how to be a better son, husband, father, and now grandfather. In heartache and in extreme joy. I often wish I could learn faster or rather better. After joining The Church in Japan, I have served in many experiences from teaching children, youth and adult Sunday school classes; Scout Master and other scouting positions; serving those that were less fortunate in church and in the community; serving in welfare kitchens; missionary effort coordination; as an Elder, High Priest, and Bishop; and one of my greatest joys is serving in the temple. I feel I am not much of a expert in The Church, but, I love the people I serve with. Sharing the gospel is also a great joy because of the opportunity to share what I know to be true both in word and action. To be able to touch someones life only gives me the opportunity to bring them happiness and to show my gratitude to the Lord and my Heavenly Father. I live my faith as I get up from stumbling and move forward to the next opportunity to succeed or learn. I hope to learn from the experiences of others, but either way I still have to make the next step. As I have found out I can because He is always there when I stretch out my hand to His outstretched arms. As I ponder, pray, and study He makes it easier to get up each time.