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Hi I'm Dick

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I live in sunny Texas now. We have two children and three grand kids. In the early 1970's I was a flight instructor and charter pilot. Then I spent 30 years as a maintenance electrician in the factories for Caterpillar.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a different church, but they couldn't answer my questions. So when I became a teenager I rebelled and became an atheist. While in the military in Okinawa a friend told me about interesting things in the Bible that I had never heard before. When I got out I read the Bible from cover to cover. There was a spirit present, and I knew I'd been wrong. I set out looking for a church that matched the one I'd read about in the New Testament, but didn't find it. In time I decided to be a free lance Christian, going to different churches with friends. Then I met an interesting girl from Taiwan who had joined the LDS church as a teenager. Her church sounded like the New Testament church, but a few things bothered me; like temple work for the dead and polygamy. But finally I realized that I knew the Book of Mormon was the word of God; I felt the same spirit reading it as I had with the Bible. So in 1975 I took a step of faith and was baptized. Within six months all my concerns were resolved in my mind, and I have never looked back. A person can not be forced to believe anything, but when the Holy Spirit touches your spirit there is no room for doubt. Everyone can know for himself what is true. I know the Church is true.

How I live my faith

The Church teaches us to be of service to others, in the church and outside. Since there are no paid leaders or teachers there are many opportunities to be useful, and learn and progress as a person at the same time. Each month with a companion I visit several families in our congregation, giving a gospel lesson and checking on their welfare. This is called home teaching, and I have made many good friends this way. After the hurricanes we have helped with relief efforts. At the Church's peanut butter cannery food is produced for the local food pantries as well as for the Church's own welfare system. Through the "Interfaith Hospitality Network" we sometimes volunteer to help down-on-their-luck families get back on their feet. After retiring my wife and I served a church mission in Taiwan for a year and a half. After that we moved to Houston and have served two part-time missions; one managing the food storage cannery, and presently helping the crew that maintains the Church buildings in this area. We are in the process of submitting an application for another full time mission somewhere that there's a need. All of this is an effort to love our neighbors like Jesus taught.