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Hi I'm Richard Bracken

I enjoy kayaking and homegrown tomatoes. The simple life. A builder of tree houses and wearer of cargo shorts, I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised near beautiful Lake Powell in Page, Arizona by two great parents, and am the oldest of five children. I served an LDS mission in Boston Massachussetts from 1991 to 1993. I married a gorgeous girl thereafter, while attending college. We are now the proud parents of five children of our own. I'm an army veteran, and currently work to help people resolve their immigration problems.

Why I am a Mormon

I am reminded of Christ every day. Waking from slumber and retiring at days end, only to reawaken once more. I am reminded of Christ with each changing season as the earth seems to come alive, burn bright into summer, and then fade into winter, only to be reborn again in the springtime. The prophet Alma taught: "But, behold, I have all things as a testimony that these things are true...yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." Alma 30:41,44. All this, and more, reminds me of Christ's birth, death, resurrection, and the universal promise of his atonement. There are no more astounding, beautiful, or satisfying doctrines than those which are to be found within the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Moreover, there is nothing that espouses the endless possibilities for both men and women with more terrific clarity. I believe the multiple witnesses to the Book of Mormon who, despite great hardship, deprivation, and ridicule, publicly and privately declared that they both saw and physically handled the plates, and did so to the end of their lives. I believe thirty-eight ancestors who variously joined the church between 1830 and 1874, and gave up everything. Some joined after having dreams about the missionaries who would later teach them. Some saw angels. Others watched loved ones suffer, die, and be buried. Seven died themselves. All had personal testimonies of the divinity of Jesus Christ and the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I, too, have received my own witness. Moreover, on countless occasions I have felt the warm glow of the spirit, testifying to me that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was the prophet of the restoration. The Lord has brought so much peace into my life. He has answered so many of my prayers, and I know he can answer yours.

How I live my faith

I have had many responsibilities in the church and have felt fulfilled in all of them. I try hard to live my faith at home and at work by being honest, fair, and charitable.