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Hi I'm Rich

I love my family. I love the mountains. I'm Mormon.

About Me

I am from a small town in central Utah of 800 people. I now live in Northern Idaho. First and foremost I am a husband to my beautiful bride of nearly 7 years and the father of two precious children. I have an intense love for the outdoors more particularly mountain biking, road cycling, hiking, camping, and snow shoeing. I can’t get enough of the mountains. I love the feeling of being in wilderness and standing atop a huge mountain. I also like to work hard for my employer and enjoy my associations there.

Why I am a Mormon

My family is Mormon; some of my ancestors even Mormon Pioneers. My father however is a first generation Mormon. For me my religion is my own. I have come to know for myself the truth of the Mormon Church. My faith is a personal choice that I made several years ago at about the age of 12 I was reading a church publication for youth. In the publication was a story about a young man who came to know through prayer for himself that the Mormon Church was true. As I read the story I realized that I did not personally know if the church was true. I decided to try and find out. Earlier I had made it a practice to read the Book of Mormon at least one verse a day, so I felt somewhat qualified to ask. I felt compelled to ask God if the church was true, so I went to my back yard and knelt in prayer. I was not expecting an answer like Joseph Smith--a glorious vision. I was however expecting in some way to be told what I wanted to know “Is the church true? Is Joseph Smith a prophet? Is the Book of Mormon true?” I knelt down and asked casually these questions. I finished my prayer and nothing happened. I didn’t hear anything, I didn’t feel anything, I didn’t see anything. I was no different than when I started praying. I decided to try again this time with greater earnest and faith. I asked with sincerity--with real intent as the missionaries teach. I pleaded to know. As I did so an overwhelming feeling of warmth, peace, joy, happiness, love, and comfort came into my entire body from head to toe. That was my answer. It was an answer from God through the Holy Ghost speaking to my heart that the Mormon Church is true! Joseph Smith is a Prophet! And the Book of Mormon is True! This experience has been the defining moment of my life, and because of this and a hundreds of experiences day in and day out of my life. I choose faith. I choose Mormonism. What does my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mean to me? It means everything.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in a daily consistent manner daily prayer, daily scripture study, daily family prayer, daily family scripture study, regular family time, regular temple attendance, and acts of kindness and service to my family, neighbors, and members of our local congregation. I work with the 16-18 year old young men in our local congregation. I strive to show them an example of the believers in word and in action.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Rich
The recipe of success that I have found in life is to live consistently in accordance with the principles taught by Jesus Christ as found in His restored church. The Savior taught, “ I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly ST John 1010.” He also taught, “If ye continue in my word...ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free ST John 831-32. Show more Show less