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Hi I'm Richard

I grew up swimming competitively. I love to coach Special Olympians in swimming. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of five. I am a substitute teacher and swim coach. I love to go Agate hunting with my wife and children. I enjoy the outdoors and working in my yard, either gardening or changing the landscape. I'm hoping to build a pond this spring.

Why I am a Mormon

I was lost and empty. I tried to define myself by what job I had and what people thought of me. I was looking to fill the voids in my life by any means possible. I was on a path of destruction, not just me but of my family. I am so grateful that the Lord placed a Mormon family nextdoor to us. There was no pressure, just honest desire to be our friends. Things were bad and my wife went into labor with our third child. At first, things were going well, but that changed so fast. In one push, my world was in peril and I was facing loosing my wife and daughter and raising my other two children alone. Thankfully, it was a wake up call to what mattered most to me. But this isn't the end of our story, it was the beginning. When I got home after all was well with my wife and daughter, our neighbors had come by to check on us. My parents shared what had happened that night, and without any thought, our neighbor friends organized meals to be prepared and brought to our home to ease some of our burden. I wasn't sure what to think. Here were people we didn't know giving service to us even though we weren't part of their church. As they brought over the meals, I could feel their geniune love for us. It felt odd but at the same time it was welcoming. They had something special in their lives and I knew we could use that in ours. The rest of our story is kinda funny. If you would like to read about, it will be in the Personal Stories soon.

How I live my faith

I try to be a good example for my family. I want them to see that my words and actions follow the teachings of Christ's Church. When my son turned 12, I knew that for him to be a good hometeacher, I needed to provide him a good example of a hometeacher. It's been a blessing to see him develop a desire to be of service to the families under our care.