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Hi I'm Rick

I grew up in Oregon, Idaho & Nevada. I've worked in Texas, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois & Georgia. I'm a therapist & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My dad was a range research scientist for the Department of Agriculture. He basically helped farmers grow better crops and ranchers grow better grazing land. He got transferred about every seven years. Even though I lived in three states as a child, I used to consider Reno, Nevada to be home. I did a lot of camping, hiking and skiing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I rode my motorcycle in the foothills. I enjoyed swimming in the Truckee River and participating in a wide variety of sports and mountain climbing with my friends. I love to learn. I love good books. I collect meaningful quotations from deep thinkers and I am grateful to have the chance to help other people as a licensed professional counselor.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because Heavenly Father has comfirmed in my heart that this is where He wants me to be and that its teachings highlight the way He wants me to live my life. I have read every word in the bible and I am confident that the this church is the re-established church that Jesus Christ, the only-begotten son of our Heavenly Father, created when he lived on earth about two thousand years ago. In other words, I know that this church was divinely organized, is divinely lead by inspired men and women, and its purpose is to help us improve our relationship with the Savior and prepare to live with Him and our Heavenly Father, as eternal families, forever. The teachings of the church today emphasize the same themes of love, service, humility, grace, forgiveness, mercy, compassion, collaboration, obedience to eternal commandments, that Jesus Christ lived every day of His mortal ministry.

How I live my faith

In the Fall of 2011, I was one of about fifty members of our congregation (which we call a "Ward") who participated in a 3-1/2 hour service project in our community. After working out the details ahead of time with the principal, we went to a local high school and worked hard on projects he said the school needed help with. I was part of the group that focused on a kind of nature preserve that had become so overgrown and littered with trash and debris that the school could'nt use it anymore. Using gas-powered hedge trimmers and weed whackers, some of us cleared out weeds, vines and underbrush that had enveloped the area. Some of our young men and young women spent most of their time cleaning out a small pond on the property and hauling away dead branches, logs and trash. Another part of our group focused on cleaning up a jogging path while a different team completely revitalized all the soil and mulch in a major garden by the front of the school. We worked hard, made a difference and thoroughly enjoyed making a difference in our community. In the spring of 2011 over one hundred members from our "Ward" and from a few of sister congregations heard about the severe storm damage that occured in the Birmingham, Alabama area. We rounded up chainsaws, rakes, shovels and other hand tools and drove about three hours to where the damage was most pronounced. We met with some local members of the church in that community who directed us to where their neighbors had been hard hit by vicious winds. We worked all day in one neighborhood where most of the trees had been knocked down. One older couple in particular benefitted from our services. About 21 trees had been blown over in their front and back yard. Wielding five or six chain saws, we cut our way through the tangled trunks that professionals would have charged $15,000 - 20,000 to cut up & remove. Younger guys with stronger backs hauled the wood to the street. We were tired & happy driving back to Atlanta.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I wholeheartedly believe that God directs the growth of His organization on the earth today and shares insights about how we can experience more joy and less unnecessary pain through a modern prophet. His name is Thomas S. Monson. Like Moses & other prophets, he is a humble man who did not seek this calling, but he was willing to do what God called him to do because he loves us--his brothers and sisters--like Jesus Christ loves us. The prophet today is a man, just like every prophet of the old testament. He needs to eat and sleep like everybody else, but, like Abraham and other biblical prophets, he has a special relationship with God. He has a unique stewardship and responsibility as the chief undershepherd to guide us and protect us as the Good Shepherd directs him. In a message he shared in October, 2011, the latter-day prophet warned obedient Christians that: "Behaviors which once were considered inappropriate and immoral are now not only tolerated but also viewed by ever so many as acceptable." He went on to clarify: "The ten commandments are just that--commandments. They are not suggestions. They are every bit as requisite today as they were when God gave them to the children of Israel." (Stand in Holy Places, Ensign, November, 2011, p 82-86) I have heard the love in this man's voice and seen the compassion in his eyes. I have seen his example. I testify that Thomas S. Monson is the man through whom Heavenly Father speaks to us, His children, today. Show more Show less