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Hi I'm Richard

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in California as a Protestant, and joined the Church at age 19, the best decision of my life!

About Me

I've been happily married for 23 years and am the father of two daughters and one son. I work for the company that makes the Space Shuttle solid rocket boosters, and the boosters that put the GPS system in orbit, the Pathfinder probes on Mars, and the Cassini probe in orbit around Saturn. My kids get a kick out of saying, "My dad really is a rocket scientist!" I'm thrilled to have an opportunity to push back the frontiers of science and to marvel at the beauty of God's creations.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for over 35 years. I joined at school at age 19. I'm a member because I know through the witness of the Holy Ghost that God lives, that Jesus Christ is our Savior, and that this is the Lord's Church, restored to the earth in our time. I'm also a member because the Church so directly and effectively exemplifies the love of God and so lovingly invites all men and women to come unto Christ.

How I live my faith

One of the greatest aspects of the Church is that it gives members the opportunity to volunteer their service in many ways. At age 21 to 23, I served a two-year mission in Houston Texas. During the years, I've served in a variety of positions. I'm currently the Sunday School President and an instructor for the older men in our congregation. I attend Church each week with my family where I enjoy learning more about our magnificent Savior, and associating with the other members of our congregration.

Are Mormons Christians?

Absolutely, positively! The name of the Church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe that our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate Personages who, acting in perfect unity of purpose, comprise the Godhead. We do not subscribe to creeds that teach that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three parts of the same entity. Because of this, some people incorrectly believe that we are not Christian. We worship Jesus Christ as the Son of God. He is Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Almighty Creator of worlds, the resurrected Son of God, and the Author of our salvation. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Through the witness of the Holy Ghost, we "can know the truth of all things" (Moroni 10:5). We gain a testimony that God our Heavenly Father lives and loves us, that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's Church restored to the earth, and that modern prophets guide us today. We receive knowledge and wisdom beyond our own understanding to help us understand the things of God, comfort and strength in time of trials, and inspiration to aid us in our day-to-day responsibility as parents, students, employees, and citizens in our communities. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

"We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God" (The Articles of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ 8). The King James Version of the Bible is one our our standard works. "Standard" means, among other things, a guide for assessing our behavior in relation to God and our fellow man. We believe that the writings of the Bible were given to prophets inspired by God. These writings were collected by men of faith to comprise the Bible. Although errors and omissions have occurred in translation, we believe that the events described in the Bible are literal--the Creation, the Flood, the Abrahamic Covenant, the parting of the Red Sea, the life and mission of Christ and His Apostles. In both Old and New Testaments, the prophets testify abundantly of the life and mission of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. The Book of Mormon is not a version of the Bible. It is the record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the American Continents. It is an independent witness that the Bible is true and that Jesus Christ is the Savior of all men and women in all ages of time and in all parts of the world. Show more Show less