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Hi I'm Rick

I completed nursing school when I was 58 years old. I am now an LPN. I joined the Church while I was in college. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am one of those old dogs who learned new tricks. After a period of unemployment, Heavenly Father provided a way for me to attend nursing school full time without having to also work full time. Though I have two other degrees, graduating from nursing school was the most challenging experience I've ever had. But again, Heavenly Father blessed me with two of the best instructors and a class that became like a family. I graduated in December 2013 and began my new career a month later. I married the young lady who played the piano at my baptism (though I didn't know it at the time). We have three grown children who are doing better than I could have ever dreamed. My wife and I have six dogs, five cats, six birds, a turtle, a chinchilla and a bearded dragon (we "inherited" most from my daughter who works at Petsmart) My life has been the epitome of the saying "I never said it would be easy. But it will be worth it." And it sure has been!!

Why I am a Mormon

I became aware of the Church when my family took a trip around the country when I was about 13. While in high school a friend started dating a young man preparing to go an a mission for the Church. I asked a few questions and was taught by the missionaries. I had grown up in a Protestant church, but in spite of vacation Bible School, Sunday School and going to church almost every Sunday, I never gained an understanding of the Savior and His divine mission. As I investigated the Church, I learned how to pray and discover the truths of the Savior from His Holy Scriptures.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to serve in various callings in my Church. Each has given me the blessing of working with others and helping to strengthen them as well as myself. Since becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have found it easier to serve others. It used to be a chore, now it is a blessing to be able to reach out to those in need of a friend. I'm not really sure how it happened, but I became the unofficial "chaplain" of my nursing class. When it came time for exams, I was asked to say a prayer before hand. My nursing class is close knit and we have a great love and respect for each other. Being asked to pray before each exam was a humbling and uplifting experience.

What is being a Mormon like?

Rick
 It has changed my life. I was, for the most part, a "good person", but my introduction to the Church helped me to know and learn my position in the grand scheme of things. I was sitting with my grandmother several years after I was baptized and she told how different I was after I had joined the Church - how it seemed I was a much better person than before. It really was humbling to see the power of the Savior to change lives. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Rick
NO! In The Book of Mormon in Mosiah 2:17, we are taught: "And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." In our area, we have participated with other Churches and organizations to better the community. A local Methodist church sponsors a community project called the "Repair Affair" that is done several times a year. Last year, we joined with them and a Catholic youth group to clean up and help repair abandon properties for occupation by those without the means to afford newer homes. Also, each congregation is encouraged to order up to $1000 of food and supplies from our Bishop's store houses to aid with local charities who help those is need. Several years ago, the Church called for a special fast to aid those in countries that were experiencing severe drought and to donate funds saved from not eating to the cause. The Church then gave all of the funds to a Catholic relief organization for distribution because they were better situated to help. The Lord has commanded that we help all. . . Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Rick
By Divine direction (see Amos 3:7), Apostles are called to serve as special witnesses of Jesus Christ. When the Savior was on the earth he called twelve men to be disciples. As His earthly ministry was coming to an end, Jesus called in his Disciples and made them His Apostles (Matthew 10). They were called to bear His message to the lost sheep of Israel and later to the Gentiles. As one Apostle passed away, another was called to serve until the time when all had been martyred. When the Gospel was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith, he was directed to reorganize the Quorum of the Twelve. Joseph was Prophet and President of the Church and through Divine inspiration, selected those who would be members of the Quorum of the Twelve. When Joseph was martyred, Brigham Young led the Church to the Salt Lake Valley. After his passing, the senior Apostle, John Taylor became the Prophet and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Since that time, the senior Apostle in the Quorum of the Twelve becomes the Prophet and President of the Church. Each President of the Church selects counselors from worthy and capable men. Together, these men form the First Presidency of the Church. Along with the Twelve Apostles, they give direction to the Church.The Lord's Church is a Church of order where men do not aspire to positions of responsibility, but willingly accept such calls. There is never confusion or debate over who the next leader of the Church will be. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Rick
This is one of the biggest misunderstandings others have for Latter-day Saints. It is often said that we believe we can work our way into heaven. That just isn't true. We do believe that works are important in helping toward our heavenly reward. In a youth conference class I attended as a chaperone, a mission president taught about works and grace. He discussed how we all have varying abilities and strengths. He taught that those with great abilities may be able to work themselves closer to heaven than those with lesser abilities. His main point is that even though we each may do ALL that we can do, it will NEVER be enough to enter our Father's kingdom. That is where the grace of our Lord and Savior come into play. He will make up for what we cannot do on our own. The Book of Mormon teaches "For we labor diligently to write to persuade our children, and also our brethren to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do." Show more Show less