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Hi I'm Rick

I'm a husband, father of three, and a grandad of four. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an aviation buff. I love airplanes, jets, pretty much anything that flies. I used to fly single-engine airplanes, but that got too expensive. So I switched to a only slightly less expensive hobby, golf. Luckily, I was a better pilot than I was a golfer. If I flew the way I played golf... I'd have never made it this far. Spending so much time off the fairways gave me a greater appreciation for the wonders of nature our Heavenly Father created. Most people like the beach - or they like the mountains. I'm a "mountain person." I'm also a "dog person" (as opposed to a "cat person.") But what I love to do most is be with my family - my wife, our two grown sons & wives, our daughter and our grand kids. We've been blessed recently with our second granddaughter.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I joined the church in March of 2010. I was raised in a major denomination, but left that church when I hit my 20s. After my wife and I married, we started attending the church that our two sons (hers by a previous marriage) were attending. The worship service was contemporary - with lots of GREAT music. (Of course, our son was the best musician in the band.) Over the years, we noticed that church would go through major changes in its philosophy and the way it was organized. "Cliques" developed, and if you weren't in the right group, you didn't seem to matter as much. Finally, it started going in a direction that basically excluded us. We expressed our displeasure to some friends and were told, "Don't worry. Just wait a while and it'll come back around to the way you like." We were stunned. God doesn't change. His Word doesn't change. His church wouldn't change. We looked around at several similar churches. But the thing we liked most was the music - not the message. When we began to look into this church, we found a church that made sense to us. We found a church that we could believe in. We found a church led by Divine inspiration and revelation - not by the whims of men. We found our home.

How I live my faith

My wife and I love to help others. We love the opportunities our church offers us to help our fellow members - along with others who are not members. Our church has sponsored food drives to benefit local food pantries. (In today's economy, more and more people are needing help.) We've helped unload church members who have moved into the area, and help load up other members who are moving out. I love visiting the homes of other members - along with those who are trying to find out more about the church. Living by what the church teaches - and the example Jesus Christ lived - has made me a better husband, a better father and better friend. By putting others first, I've found an increased joy in my life, more patience and more fulfillment.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Rick
My wife and I watch a lot of home improvement shows. Watching those helped us learn that there's a difference between "remodeling" a home, and "restoring" a home. When a home is remodeled, it is changed in some significant way. When an older home is restored, however, it is brought back to its original condition - the way it was created. There's a huge difference between the two. It's a situation that is similar to our church. In the years since Christ's Resurrection, many denominations have come into being. There was the "Reformation" - a time of great turmoil and change in the churches of that day. Much has been lost, destroyed or changed. Decisions were made by men (not God) as to what books should or should not be in The Bible. When Jesus called Joseph Smith to restore His church, it was restored the way Christ originally created it. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints exists the same as Christ's church had existed in His time - the way Jesus had created it. That's just one of the ways I know this church is the true church. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Rick
I was baptized as an infant. (Or so I'm told. I was too young to remember it.) When my wife and I joined the church we attended prior to joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, our sons baptized each of us by immersion in a nearby river. That church believed that any member could baptize anyone the church leadership said they could. Years later, we watched as a giggling teen girl excitedly baptized a friend into the church. We just knew that there was something not right about that. What should have been a holy and sacred experience was reduced to something just the opposite. We came to realize that baptisms weren't performed that way in the Bible. Jesus didn't get baptized by just anyone. He was baptized by his cousin, John, who God had called as a prophet. We realized that because our sons lacked the proper Priesthood Authority to baptize, our baptisms while heartfelt, sincere and well-intentioned were basically symbolic. Before my brother-in-law baptized us, he gave me what is called his "Line of Authority" - a listing of the names through whom the Priesthood had been given to him. It traced his - and now my - Priesthood back to our Savior, Jesus Christ. When I stood in the water, and my brother-in-law raised his right hand and said "Having been commissioned by Jesus Christ, I baptized you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen" I knew my baptism would be anything but symbolic. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Rick
Mormons believe - as I do - that the Bible is the word of God. It's made up of two parts... the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament is full of prophecies that foretell of the coming of Jesus Christ. The New Testament focuses primarily on Jesus' life, ministry, death and resurrection, as well as the early years of the church. The Book Of Mormon doesn't replace the Bible, it compliments it. Show more Show less