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Hi I'm Rick

I'm a convert. It took 25 years of searching and now I'm a member of the Church.

About Me

I am a 60 year old mechanical engineer and work in the petroleum industry. I am a father of two children, one biological and one adopted, and my wife and I have been married 40 years. My hobbies are racing my car and learning how to fly. I love baseball and am an avid Dodger fan. I grew up in a family that moved around California and Alaska. After high school I went on to college and got my engineering degree. My wife and I were married in 1971 and had our son in 1973. Our family moved throughout California and in 1984 we adopted our daughter from South Korea. In 1986, we moved to Southern California where we currently reside.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose this religion for multiple reasons. First, I wanted to do some good in the world with regard to the youth and I knew that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints had a wonderful Young Men and Young Women program. My first calling (assignment) was to work with the Young Men. Secondly, I wanted to belong to a church that believes the heavens are still open and Heavenly Father communicates through a prophet. This church has a Prophet and Apostles just like when Christ walked the earth. Lastly, and most important of all, I wanted to be sealed (married) to my wife for eternity and not until "death do us part". On September 19, 1998, my wife and I were sealed as husband and wife and on that same day our daughter was sealed to us as her mother and father. The Temple (the House of the Lord) provides the greatest blessing a husband and wife can be given i.e. being married for eternity and to have your family united together as well. I want to live with my parents and my children and all other members of my extended family throughout the eternities. As a result, I continue to work in the Temple for my family members who have passed on from this existence.

How I live my faith

As I mentioned previously, I want to serve others, especially the youth. I have been the President of the Young Men Organization and the Boy Scout Scoutmaster . Most recently I was the Bishop of our ward (congregation) for the last 5 years. In every calling (assignment) I have held, I have grown to know more about the Lord's work. I have loved every calling I have had because I have had opportunities to serve others and to love them.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon brings such joy and happiness in my life and it puts me and my family on a path that leads us directly to Heavenly Father. It is a religion where you can draw close to other members of the Church and develop friendships with others who have the same beliefs and morals. Show more Show less