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Hi I'm Rick

I grew up in South Africa, where I joined the LDS Church. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am very happily married, and we have two adult children. I have lived in Africa and North America. I am a consulting engineer and manage people on a daily basis. I enjoy travel, photography, biking, reading fiction and non-fiction including Scripture, listening to music including Rock, Classics, Pop and Hymns. I also enjoy watching crime dramas and outdoor documentaries on TV. I enjoy making people laugh, and like to practice various accents to go along with my corny jokes! I use humour a lot to relieve tension in awkward social and business situations. I prefer dogs to cats, maybe because I am allergic to cats. I like most foods except seafood, and I enjoy cooking on occasion to give my wife a break.

Why I am a Mormon

My family was Catholic and I followed that religion until the end of high school, when I lost interest for a while. After I got married and our children were born, I was searching for deeper meaning to the purpose of life. I sort of believed in Jesus Christ, but I was quite confused by some of the popular beliefs in the world. I wasn't sure which of the Christian churches to attend, if any. I was also reading about reincarnation and trying to make sense of the theory of evolution. I had a friend at work who shared some of his thoughts about God, and they made a lot of sense to me. I knew he was a Mormon, but didn't dig too deeply until some missionaries from the Church taught us about ancient and modern prophets, and about the plan God has for all of us. They taught me that I can learn about His plan by studying the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon. While they were teaching me I prayed to God to know if I was doing the right thing by getting involved with the Church. On one particular night I felt such a sense of reassurance that I decided to be baptized. Since that time I have learned so much more about the Church, and I know I made the right decision. I have learned about the ancient plan God put in place for individuals and families, and I have learned about our opportunities and responsibilities here on earth and after we die. I take great comfort in knowing that there is life after death and that I will see my parents and grandparents again.

How I live my faith

I attend Church on Sundays where I have an opportunity to worship God and thank Him for everything in my life. I enjoy Sunday school too, where I learn more about us as human beings and about our relationships with each other and with God. I learn a great deal from other Church members who have studied and prayed about life's mysteries. My current responsibility in the Church is to visit various congregations once per month and share my thoughts on topics I have studied in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I also visit several Church families in my neighbourhood every month, and support them in dealing with the challenges of life. I also enjoy helping others in the community who are not members of the Church. I am a blood donor, and I support several different charities on an ongoing basis. My greatest responsibility is to be a good husband and father. My faith helps me to support my wife and children and to make the best plans for a happy and peaceful life for all of us.