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Hi I'm Richard

I grew up in rural West Virginia, I'm a Mechanical Engineer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a very uninteresting person. I go to work, then come home and spend time with my family. I've been married for 18 years to a wonderful wife and have 9 children, seven girls and two boys. My family is my greatest joy and I won't pass up a opportunity to talk about them and what they do.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents converted to the Church when I was very young, around 2 years old. But this is not why I'm a Mormon. As my life progressed, my family became less active in the faith. From about age 10, the Church wasn't a really a part of my life. It continued this way until I was in college, and a very faithful member called me up and asked if I wanted a ride to Church. For some reason, I said yes, and attended Church while I was in college. But even still, The Church and the Gospel wasn't really part of my life. I hadn't truly been converted. I graduated from college an took a job in another state... and went inactive again, not that I was ever truly active. Anyway, my life changed when I met my wife. No, she wasn't a member of the Church, however she knew I was, but not really "practicing". We fell in love and got married. I remember that day when she came home from work at a child care center and said that she ran into two young men who were members of my Church. I asked, "Really, what where they're names?" She replied, "Its funny, but they had the same first name: 'Elder'". I laughed. I then explained that she had just meet some missionaries and that the term 'Elder' was a title. She laughed, too. These two missionaries then asked my wife if they could come over an discuss religion. She said sure, and from that point on she was hooked. She took the discussions from the missionaries, then would come to me for additional answers. When she made the commitment to be baptized, I made the commitment to return full fellowship and activity. As she was converted, I was converted. One year after her baptism, my wife, myself, and our oldest daughter (just under 2 years old) went to the Temple of the Lord and by the power of the Priesthood were sealed as a family for time and for all eternity. The Gospel has brought me joy and happiness, and that is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

It has been said that the best way illustrate how you live your faith, is in the way you interact with your fellow man. In the Church, I work with the youth, specifically with the young men. I get to teach the youth the principles of the Gospel and get to have some fun as well in my role as the Scoutmaster of the local Boy Scout troupe. I consider it a sacred honor to help develop the testimonies of the youth and to strengthen their roots in the Gospel. I is my hope that through my teaching and example, they will not have to go through the trials and sadness that I had to get through to get were I am today. And to be honest, it really fun working with them as well.