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Hi I'm Rich

I'm a triplet. I'm a husband and father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a triplet, and the other two brothers are identical twins. I was raised by wonderful parents. Mom was an active member of the LDS Church, but my Dad never joined. That gave me some perspective I otherwise might not have had, especially on how important it can be to marry someone within your same faith. We moved from Southern California to Salt Lake City, Utah, when we triplets were 13 years old. I played basketball in high school and one year at a junior college. Then I served an LDS mission to Uruguay and Paraguay. One of the highlights of my life was when I married my sweetheart of 34 years, Amy. We have six wonderful children, and several grandchildren--and hopefully many more on the way! We have lived in South Texas now for 20 years and call it home. We recently lived in Mexico, where I presided over one of the missions for our Church. We loved every minute of it and have many friends there now as well.  

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph Smith in 1820 and began the process of re-establishing the Church of Jesus Christ once more here on the earth. This truth has become more than a belief for me--it has become spiritual knowledge, something I know in my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Ghost. I'm a Mormon because of The Book of Mormon. I know it is the word of God. It has truly taught me to strive to love and follow the Savior, Jesus Christ. While not perfect in that striving, I am still assured that He loves me and is by my side helping me in my efforts. The desire to be His disciple has also led me to serve two full-time missions, so far five years of my life, and I intend to give more missionary service when possible. In fact, sharing the knowledge I have received from God with others, especially about our Father and His Plan of Happiness for us, His children, gives me great joy!   

How I live my faith

One of the sweetest parts of being a Mormon is the lifestyle it encourages. For example, as young parents almost 33 years ago, we decided to make family prayer and scripture study a daily pattern of family life. We haven't been perfect in doing it every day, but that's been our goal. We would often end our reading and prayers with a family hug, always putting the youngest member in the middle and then telling each other that we loved one another. I remember a pastor of another faith once asking me how our church helped us to participate in devotional activities at home. It filled my heart with great joy to report to him that we were taught to read and pray as a family, as well as individually, on a daily basis. Mormonism has helped me do just that! Life's not always easy. There are disappointments. Challenges do arise. Obstacles present themselves. But by being focused on being a disciple by keeping God's commandments, and by repenting regularly, it seems like the strength to overcome is ever growing if not always immediately sufficient. Another vital part of how I live my faith is to strive to take part worthily in taking the bread and water, emblems of the sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ, that are blessed and passed to members of our congregation each week. Oh what a blessing that has been to me. There I meditate about my life. Since there's always something that needs improving, I ask for God's help. He has heard and answered my prayers on many occasions. I have even seen Him answer my prayers on behalf of other people, which has strengthened my faith enormously.  

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Rich
Mormons love the words of God as found in all ancient texts, but especially those preserved for us and known as the Bible. There continue to be serious and continued study regarding how to translate these texts. It has not been as cut and dried as some have desired. More texts keep coming to light, proving to the world that the Holy Scriptures are true. We rejoice with all believers in the greater certainty that these discoveries are helping to create. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly, and it seems that our understanding of these texts continues to grow, becoming more and more refined and certain, not less.  Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Rich
Men and women have unique and complimentary roles. Men don't give birth to children, but they do play an essential role in the raising of those children. In fact, nothing seems to be more evident in society today as the need for men to take more part in that role. Women don't hold the priesthood, but they do play an essential role in seeing that the purposes of the priesthood are accomplished. To me the fact that women don't hold the priesthood, but play the role they do, has become one of the greatest witnesses that the Mormon Church is led by God through prophets. The blessings of putting our lives in harmony with God's teachings, especially in the roles taught for men and women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are enormous! Show more Show less