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Hi I'm Rick

I love motor sports, I'm a Texas Longhorn alumnus, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a displaced Texas Longhorn living in Georgia. I can't wait each year for college football to start, so I can watch my team play. Hook 'em Horns! Also, I love monster trucks and car racing, especially the American Le Mans Series. I was so glad when my sons got old enough so that I could use them as an excuse to go. I'm not really into NASCAR, even though I was born and raised in the South. After almost 30 years of marriage, I finally talked my wife into joining me at an ALMS race last year. She said "This is so cool. Why didn't you tell me this was so fun?" Now, I have her hooked.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Baptist, then became a Lutheran when I started attending church with my wife-to-be. After 10 years of marriage, we were expecting our 2nd child. When he was born, he had a heart defect that required open-heart surgery when he was 2 days old. Then when he was almost 6 months old, he died from complications related to his condition. I was devastated. I found no comfort in the empty words that our minister shared. "The Lord works in mysterious ways" was not the answer that would help me cope with such a loss. Shortly after that, we had the opportunity to meet with a couple of missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here were 2 twenty year old young men that were able to provide me with a great deal of comfort when they told me that families could be together forever. This statement rang true to me, and I knew in my heart that a loving Father in Heaven would want us to continue to be happy together with our families after we depart this life. I knew I would see and be rejoined with my son again. That began a whirlwind of study, prayer, fasting, and discussions with these young men that answered all of the questions that we had. In fact, my wife stated that she felt like the things we were being taught were familiar to her...like she had always known it, even though she had never been taught it before in this life. We joined the Church shortly after that, and our lives have been blessed greatly because of it. I do not know where our family would be today had we not taken that step of faith. My family is my greatest joy, and I can think of no greater blessing than to be able to be joined with them throughout the eternities. I know that our loving Father in Heaven has provided a way for me, my wife, and my children to be an eternal family. I know that my Heavenly Father has put a Plan of Happiness in place so that his children on this Earth can find joy in this life. I know that Jesus Christ is the son of God, and loves me so much that he came to this Earth as a sacrifice for me personally, that I may be washed clean, and be able to return and live in God's presence with my family. I also know that those who will read, ponder, and pray about the Book of Mormon will come to know that it is true scripture, and that by abiding by the truths contained within it, their lives will be blessed.

How I live my faith

I serve when there is a need, whether it is an official position in the Church that I am called to do, or an opportunity to serve those less fortunate. Our congregation has 'adopted' a small Christian congregation of a local Church that is of a different faith. We assist them in working at their twice-monthly food pantry to help those that stand in need. We have even had food drives within our congregation to help stock their shelves. In addition, I have taken many opportunities to travel with members from our local congregation to help those that have been affected by disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. It is such a great feeling to know that I am able, in some small way, to touch the life of someone else, and I actually come away a better person for it. I have also brought my sons along on work projects, so that they too can see the impact that they can make in someone's life. They, too, enjoy serving. I also try to be a good example to my family, friends, neighbors, and those I come in contact with.