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Hi I'm Richard

I'm a scientist and a professor. My wife is an artist and a professor. We are the parents of four children. We are Mormons.

About Me

I was the youngest of five children. All of us, including my parents, played musical instruments professionally. There was always music in my home while I was growing up. I worked as a symphonic musician during the time that I was in undergraduate and graduate school. I received a Doctorate in Chemistry. I love both the arts and the sciences. I have lived outside of the United States in Argentina and in Italy and have visited several other countries. I enjoy world history, especially as viewed through the arts. I am especially fascinated with the history of the Western World and Christianity. I love reading the Bible and studying the development of Christianity.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormon and I was baptized when I was 8 years old. I believe I was 15 years old when I first began to realize that my beliefs were becoming my own beliefs and that my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ was based upon my own spiritual development. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Argentina. My mission allowed me to share with others what I had come to know about the Savior and also taught me even more about Him and His gospel. Since my mission, I served as a Mormon Bishop for over 10 years and counseled many individuals who were alone, discouraged and spiritually adrift. On countless occasions, I witnessed how the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ returned light to their countenances and hope to their souls. It was not a superficial fix, but rather the healing and comfort promised by the Savior Himself. It was a wonderful privilege of mine to direct them to Him. I believe in a Savior that is omnipotent, merciful and benevolent. I worship a Savior that has made provisions for all of Heavenly Father's children to hear and accept His gospel, notwithstanding when or where they were born into mortality. I believe that mortality has many God-ordained purposes, two of which are receiving a physical body and using our God-given gift of agency to learn how to become more like Him. I know that through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, being the "first fruits of them that slept," all of Heavenly Father's children born into mortality will rise from the grave as resurrected beings. I know that as we remember the Savior, keep His commandments and become Christians in all our thoughts and deeds, all of these experiences will be consecrated to our good by virtue of His universal Atonement. This knowledge has come to me because I have read of Him, pondered His gospel and witnessed the fruits therefrom. I invite all of my brothers and sisters to come to the Lord Jesus Christ and His restored gospel.

How I live my faith

I have a simple life. I just try every day to do as the Savior would want me to do and to develop the charity or pure love of Christ that the apostle Paul so eloquently describes in 1 COR 13.