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Hi I'm Rick

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, father, and grandfather. I work as an Auto Damage Appriaser for USAA insurance. I have taught tennis and managed several indoor Tennis clubs. I have owned an Auto Body shop. I continue to play tennis though not as often as I would like. I have a pretty extensive woodworking shop and have made a number of fine furniture items for family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

Many years ago during one of many long conversations with some friends one asked "what is it you are looking for!?" My response was " I don't know, but I will when I find it." Very shortly after someone outside that group of friends and completely unaware of that conversations gave me a pamphlet from the Church entitled "Joseph Smith's Testimony". As I read I knew in my heart and with every fiber of my being that Joseph's Testimony is true. It was a blessing for the Lord to be so direct with me and my faith is a great comfort and support every day. Jesus Christ and our freedom of choice are the cornerstones of this Church. By my nature and with that sure knowledge I could not ignore the implications and joined the Church soon after.

How I live my faith

The Church is organized into Wards which are local units serving approximately 400-600 members and Stakes which typically include a number of Wards. We have a "Lay" or unpaid ministry. We have an ongoing program called "Home Teaching" it is far less formal than the name may sound. The primary leader in each "Ward"is an ordained priesthood holder who is called to be the Bishop of the Ward. It is not practical to think one person could visit with each member of the Ward, so each member is assigned a pair of Priesthood holders to visit with them each month and bring a brief lesson from the Church leaders in Salt Lake City. There is a monthly magazine called "The Ensign" and there are articles about everything under the sun having to do with everyday life as a Mormon. Work, recreation, raising children, you name it! In any case there is a one page lead in in the front of the Ensign written by one of the Church leaders and the Home Teaching lesson is really just bringing this message and visiting with each other; especially with those who may be sick, or due to age or infirmities unable to attend Sunday meetings. We really simply try to watch over each other as a Ward Family. I think this is essentially the Gospel of Jesus Christ put into action. He cared about, watched over and comforted those around him when he was here and this is how we emulate and honor him and our Father in Heaven by loving each other. This is so to speak my "hot button" Brothers and Sisters watching over, loving, and caring for each other. It is one of the most Joyous and fulfilling things I do and I just love it.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

As a child of God it is inherent in our nature to want to share with all our Brothers and Sisters that which brings joy and doing so is one of the things that does in fact bring joy. Show more Show less