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Hi I'm Rick

Professionally, I provide virtual education options for families. Personally, I enjoy spending time with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm just a regular 'ole Joe who loves his wife, 5 kids, and the Lord. I have a fairly eclectic set of hobbies including bird watching, geocaching, playing games with my family, enjoying the outdoors, and family history. I'm currently the principal of a virtual middle & high school.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised as a Mormon, I arrived at a cross-roads in my life at 18-years old. I realized I needed to find out for myself if what I had been taught in my youth was correct. I figured I would ask God and if he was really there, He would not lie to me or lead me astray. I was prepared to devote my life to following Him or walk away from it all, depending on the results of my prayerful inquiry. Almost immediately after pouring my soul out to God, asking if what I had been taught was true, I experienced an intense, comforting peace and confidence that enveloped me - my own personal witness from God that in fact it was true. Indeed, I experienced the fruits of the Spirit Paul talks about in Galatians 5:22-23. I've never looked back since that day!!

How I live my faith

My commitment to following Jesus Christ shapes my life, my interactions with friends, family & colleagues, and significantly influences how I choose to spend my time. Though I'm human just like everyone else, I strive to treat everyone in every situation (family, neighborhood, work, etc.) as Christ would treat them. I've been so blessed to have the opportunity to work with teenagers most of my life, both professionally and at church. In both situations, I take the opportunity to lift, motivate, encourage, and be an example of good Christian values and the upholding of traditional moral values in the spirit of love and respect for all of God's children. Christ lived a life of service. I try to do the same by pursing a profession that allows me to help others improve their quality of life through education and the giving of my time in service to others.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

As a science teacher by training, this is an interesting question. Many people assume that because I'm a "science guy" that I can't also be a person of faith. As a matter of fact, my science background and training actually strengthens my faith in God. Science is man's attempt to understand and explain our experiences and observations, but it can only take us so far. Though I don't have all the answers, noting the complexity of life and the organization of the cosmos only leads me to one conclusion - God lives. There must be a designer, organizer, and creator behind all we see. And while scientific theory and human interpretation of God's word are seemingly at odds with each other in certain situations, the fact still remains that there must be a God who orchestrated all of this. Even though we don't perfectly understand the laws of nature, the history of the universe, and even God's own word, that doesn't diminish his reality. Show more Show less