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Hi I'm Rich

I am a future dentist, a welder, a husband, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Las Vegas and lived their until going to college. I took a two year leave from my studies to serve a proselyting mission for my church in Tonga. While sharing my love of the Savior with the Tongan people I truly came to love them too, and had many life changing experiences before returning to America. After completing my Bachelor of Science in Psychology I met the love of my life and we were married just this last summer. I am now in my first year of dental school. School keeps me pretty busy but in my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife while we explore new hikes, new bike rides, new restaurants, and new finds at our favorite thrift stores. We also enjoy spending our Wednesday evenings working with our Cub Scouts. I also have a tendency to sneak off to the garage, for tinkering with random projects and looking for the next thing to weld. My name is Rich, I am a future dentist, a welder, a husband, and a Mormon!    

Why I am a Mormon

Like any large group of people, there is a kind of culture that forms within the Mormon church. Cultures can define the actions of its members, but for me my membership is much deeper than any church culture or the traditions of my parents. My motivation always comes back to my love of the Savior. My activity in the church is an extension of my appreciation and knowledge that He gave up His life to pay for my sins. Just this summer I was married to my wife in the LDS Temple. Our wedding ceremony was not defined by the term "till death do us part," but instead the words "for time and all eternity." I love my wife enough than anything less than an eternal partnership wouldn't be enough. I have a firm knowledge that my membership in this church has made me a better person than I could ever be on my own, brings me untold blessings, and joy in my everyday life. 

How I live my faith

There are many opportunities for service in the church and it warms my heart thinking about how much time is volunteered on my behalf. Like the Bishop of my local congregation who gives 10-20 hours a week with out pay. It is through the service of many members in many different capacities that makes the church go. I have been able to contribute in my own little way through several different callings. I have been on activity committees, I have taught Sunday school, taught in the primary, and have had a chance to work with the scouts. Like so many of the things that are asked of us in the Gospel of Christ, we are asked to serve others but in turn are blessed ourselves. Through my service in the church I have grown personally and come to love those whom I serve. 

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Rich
The prophet on the earth today is President Thomas S. Monson. The Lord has given him the authority and responsibility to reveal His word and guide the inhabitants of the earth in our day. We learn from the Old Testament and New Testament that this is simply the pattern of the Church throughout history and our day is no exception. The Lord does not love us any less in our day, and we certainly have as much need as ever for guidance. Why would the Lord withhold the blessing of inspired guidance? For anyone that has not heard the words of President Monson or any of his predecessors I would challenge them to do so and ask themselves if he is indeed a man of God. http//www.youtube.com/mormonmessages#p/c/494091103E5880EA/0/2tRNKCrws0o  Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Rich
I believe that the Gospel of Christ was never meant to be a spectator sport or a movie that I pay to simply sit down and watch. Christ wants His members to be active in the Church. Not just "active" by showing up to church but active by participating. It is through our service in the church that we grow personally and grow together as a community. I also take comfort in the knowledge that my tithes and offerings or charitable donation to the Church do not end up going towards administrative overhead but that 100 of it goes to help the needy in my community and throughout the world. "When Ye Are in the Service of Your Fellow Beings Ye Are Only in the Service of Your God" Mosiah 217  Show more Show less