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Hi I'm Rick

I fix copiers, write music and once worked in Military Intelligence. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a retired soldier - a cold warrior. In the Army I worked for Military Intelligence in such assignments as the Pentagon, NATO Military Headquarters and Sinop, Turkey. I have been married for 34 years to my high school sweetheart, and we have raised five children to adulthood. I enjoy playing my own music on guitar, and also creative writing. Today, I work as a Service Technician for copiers, printers and faxes.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up active in the Lutheran church, but I chose to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I found out it taught me more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which I already had come to love. I first found out about the church when I met my future wife. I met her in the Key Club in High School. She was dating the President, and I was Vice President. One day, he was out sick and I took over the meeting. She had come to see him, but as Vice President - well, I WAS supposed to assume the duties of the President in his absence, right? She fell in love with me at first sight. Her eyes must have been a little blurry. Fortunately, the President had no hard feelings. But he did ask if she had "dropped the bomb" on me yet. I asked what he meant. He said "She's a Mormon." I wasn't inclined to discriminate against people because of their religion - especially very attractive blonde female people - so I asked "So what?" He replied "In order to marry her, you either have to join her church or die!" Well, in addition to being a very inaccurate picture of the Latter Day Saint view of marriage, the point was moot. I was 17 at the time and had been dating her for a week. I wasn't exactly shopping for a ring yet! But it did get me interested in finding out about her religion, so I asked our Key Club advisor, who was well-versed in religious issues, if he knew anything about it. He told me about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. I decided I had to read this book. I really didn't think there was any truth to the story Joseph had told about angels and golden plates, but I was curious. I asked my new girlfriend if she, by any chance, had a copy I could borrow. She was quick to oblige. When I began reading the Book of Mormon, I quickly became aware that there was much more to it than just an interesting historical curiosity. As I read the book over several weeks, I felt very strong feelings that it was not something made up by a young, ambitious nineteenth century preacher. There was something more going on here, and I felt a strong desire to find out what that was. So I decided to take the book at its word. It said that if I asked God about it, with a sincere heart and real intent, I could learn the truth about it. That made sense to me. I knew that God answered prayers, and the Bible had taught me "Seek and ye shall find." Whatever the source of this book was, good or evil, I had faith that God would answer my prayer. So one night, in my room, I decided to get down on my knees and pray about it. But though I had prayed all of my life, suddenly I felt very self-conscious. I struggled for 45 minutes to finally get down on my knees and address my Heavenly Father. Once I did, I asked whether this book were true. The answer came immediately, and unmistakably. I received a strong, clear message from the Holy Spirit that this book, and this church, was true. That witness has never left me, and it was the first of many truths the Spirit has led me to. I testify in the name of Jesus Christ that I know this church is true, and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

 It has been my privilege to teach the Gospel. I have taught adult Sunday school classes for active members and also for those who are new in the church, or just looking into it. I have found amazing blessings in teaching. As I prepare each week, I am blessed with insights to the scriptures. Then I get to hear the additional insights that class members share from their study. I have also taught young men and women and watched them grow into leaders. I play guitar, and write gospel-themed music which I sometimes share in church or in class as well. God has blessed me with talents I can use to share the Gospel with others. Using those talents to help move his work along is my way of living my faith.

Are Mormons Christians?

Rick
Yes. I am a Christian. If this church were not about Jesus Christ, I would not be a member. I grew up Lutheran, and I treasure the teachings and spiritual experiences I had as a member of that faith. As a Lutheran, I was taught that Jesus is the Son of God. He was born of the virgin Mary. He was crucified, dead, and buried and rose again on the third day. Most importantly, he is my Savior. It is only because of his divine intervention on my behalf through the atonement that I can be forgiven of my sins. This is exactly what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teaches me, and what I teach others. Many mistakenly think that we believe we have to work our way to salvation. Nothing could be further from the truth. We strive, as do Christians throughout the world, to live as closely to Christ's manner as we can. But we know that in the end, only the sweet miracle of his redeeming sacrifice can cleanse us. We understand and rely upon the grace of Jesus Christ. No amount of clean-living, hard work, sacrifices or service can remove our sins from us. We are made worthy only through his atoning blood, and not in any way through our own efforts. There are many things which we believe that differ from what other Christians teach, but in this we are united with those who have called themselves Christian for millenia. Jesus is the Christ, the promised Messiah and the immortal son of God. He is our Savior, and the author of salvation. He lives, and because he lives, we can too. We are Christians, and I testify to that in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.  Show more Show less