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Hi I'm Rick

I'm a tuba player, a goof, a sports lover (especially football), and a panda in human form. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a big guy who loves food, sports, reading, singing, and playing the tuba when I can find one. My mom has always told me that the reason I'm big is because my spirit needs room to fit. In High School I was called "Mallow", as in marshmallow, by my football captain. Ever since then, I was known as Mallow by my friends. No matter what happened, I was usually the one who looked at the positive. When I found out my blood type was B+, my mom said, "no wonder you're always happy". I'm the kind of guy who does crazy stuff because I find it fun. Nothing bad just different. For instance, I tried out for a play my senior year of high school. I had been in one play before that and that was in fifth grade. I thought it would be fun so I did it. I know when not to do things, well, I'm learning still. But hey, we're all imperfect. I have three older brothers, an older sister, a brother-in-law, a step brother, 5 nieces and nephews. My family went through some pretty tough times when I was younger. My parents divorced when I was 7. But I was taught to always rely on the Lord. I served a mission in the Virginia Richmond Mission. I gave two years of my to God because that's the least I can do for all He's done for me. God has given me everything that I have, and two years in return is tiny compare to what he's done. In the eternal spectrum, that's a blink of an eye really. Living with God forever should be our goal. It's a goal for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But that's not why I'm a Mormon. I'm a Mormon because I prayed to my Father in Heaven to let me know this is true. He answered me with the plain and simple truth that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith did see God the Father and the Son. Through my life, and all the tough times, my mom always made sure I was at church. No matter what, she found the ward we were in and called to get us a ride to church, almost every Sunday. My dad always taught me that the Lord will guide us and that we must do all we can to have his influence in our lives. I am a Mormon today because I know of nothing else that will help me more than this Gospel. This is the true Church of Jesus Christ and these are the latter days as talked about in the scriptures. I love my savior, Jesus Christ will all my heart, might, mind, and strength. This is where I want to be.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by constantly trying to become what I want to be. And I want to be like Christ.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Read the Book of Mormon and take the advice that Moroni gives us in Moroni 10:3-5 (pg. 529). Ask the Lord if this is His church once again on the earth. He will answer you. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Being Mormon is actually pretty cool. If you're living the gospel then you understand why things are the way they are. Not completely, that's true, but you understand better why things happen and, more importantly, what you can learn from them. It's that learning process that the gospel helps with and the covenants magnify. We can learn what we need to to be happy even in the most difficult of times. All that God asks in return is to follow Him and do what He asks us to. It's really not that hard, if you think about it. Here's how I think about it, in terms of difficulty: without the gospel and the covenants that come with it, you're going through life hoping for the best and doing your best with the knowledge that you have. When life comes along and throws a huge event in your life, it's really hard to understand why. You may start thinking "this isn't fair!" or "why me?". With the gospel, you may still think those when things happen, but you're going through life with the understanding that no matter what, you always, always have somewhere to turn, and someone to turn to who has all the answers: God. To me, being a Mormon, no a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the best thing anyone could do in there life. There are so many blessings that come from it that if I tried to list them all, there wouldn't be room for it no matter how unlimited of text space I had. So find out for yourself what it's like to be Mormon. You'll like it. Show more Show less