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Hi I'm Rich

I grew up in Southern California, served a 2-yr mission in Mexico at age 19, and now live in the South. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad (4 kids) and grandpa (13 grandkids). I do drug development research for a living (I have a Ph.D. in immunology). In my spare time I like to play guitar, write and record music, piddle around in the garage, and do a little reading. My wife and I enjoy spending time together playing games and traveling.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born a Mormon, in my late teens I had to find out for myself whether I really believed what I had been taught. It was a personal quest that has resulted in a lot of meaningful experiences for me. The gospel of Jesus Christ has provided a wonderful anchor for me in my life. I have had so many beautiful experiences that this faith has made possible, all of which have truly enriched my life. Being married in the temple for all eternity to my best friend is the highlight for me, knowing that this family relationship can last forever if I'm true to my beliefs.

How I live my faith

I pray daily and study the scriptures to get closer to Jesus Christ, as well as ponder His teachings. I am currently serving as bishop of my ward, which is very fulfilling, especially my time with the youth. Helping others come closer to Christ as I visit with them is extremely meaningful to me.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Christ taught us that if we love Him, we should keep His commandments (see John 14:15). To show our love, we try and live by His teachings and obey His word. Thus, I feel that it is important to do all we can to be a follower or disciple of Christ. However, despite all we can do, we still fall short, as we are human and all make mistakes; we all sin. Because Jesus Christ suffered for us and died on the cross, we can be forgiven of our sins - on condition of our repentance and striving to do what's right. Nevertheless, as we are taught in the Book of Mormon, "we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23). His infinite atonement makes all of this possible. Christ is the center of all we believe and all we hope for. His grace (that is, His atonement), is one of God's greatest gifts to us. Show more Show less