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Hi I'm Richard

I can't imagine life without the church. I truly believe it is a way of life that gives meaning and purpose. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have a wonderful family. Angela, my wife, and three beautiful angels for daughters, Chrissie, Katie and Naomie. We moved to the United States in 2005 with no place to stay (apart form staying with friends). We did this as a family as we felt this is what Heavenly Father wanted us to do. The house, employment and great life followed and a good lesson on faith was learned. We have a great time as a family. We love Monday family nights. We have started some great traditions including having an Erwins Oscar night (we dress up on the Monday as movie stars!) and continue to create new and exciting activities together. I personally love live entertainment and love to produce, direct and manage talent and continue to try and find ways to entertain the crowds with purpose. I love the fact that technology allows me to know what my friends around the world are up to and find it amazing how time flies by. I was raised by a religious mother and a great father. They did everything they could for as children. Being raised in the Air Force meant that we had different friends every three years. Not an ideal life for most people but looking back I would not have had it any other way. I made some good friends, created some fantastic memories and love to think of influential people who had a positive impact on my life. My weakness in life is sports. I really enjoy watching great games. I am an Norwich City football fan and love to hear the chant of 'On the ball City' and 'Come on you Yellows!

Why I am a Mormon

At 18 I was in the US after a move with my family. Church was there but did not really have the feeling so many shared. I was determined to find out if this stuff I had been taught all my life was real. I did what the scriptures said...ask God. I prayed every night waiting for the big WOW moment to happen. To my surprise after several nights of praying I did not have a WOW moment but an incredible calming feeling with a surety of knowing that I had always known. When people say it can be hard to describe it really was. I really did know in that moment that Joseph Smith was a Prophet, the Book of Mormon was another witness of Jesus and the Gospel and that we had revelation being given to us for our day. I moved back to England and live for 10 months with my Aunt and Uncle and my cousin (and best friend) Kevin. Kevin left to be a missionary and I soon followed having what would be an experience that money cannot buy. I was a missionary in the England Bristol Mission. I had a fantastic two years learning how much joy the gospel can bring to people. I had hard days, I had even harder days and then there were moments when the spirit of God was so strong through teaching of Him and testifying of Jesus that I felt I was going to fly away...I know it sounds Disney movie like...but that's when I really understood what the gospel does. It changes lives and for those willing to open themselves to the feeling and it is fantastic. Many years later the gospel is still a big part of my every day life. I really could not comprehend life without it. As a Christian I want people to know the importance the role of the Savior has but so many refuse the real meaning of life as they deceive themselves or allows others in to deceive them. Over 2000 years have past since Jesus the Christ was born for the salvation of man and still, as men did when he was born, men still refuse to accept the divinity of the Savior and the Atonement made that we can live.

How I live my faith

I have served as a lay minister in the church I have been able to see the impact that good people trying to do good things can achieve. I can't stress enough how much service and the opportunity to serve others has taught me. I can be a leader for several years and a teacher toddlers the next couple of years. The key to living the gospel is not what you are asked to do, it is being willing to serve with all your heart, might mind and strength. I have lived and worked with some great people. There are many things I could talk about but one instance that encapsulates how I try to live the gospel came from a youth camp many years ago. It was a camp with 12-18 year old young men. It was a type of scout camp. They were all divided into groups and they would learn many neat things, scout stuff. On the last day of camp there was an all day hike. These were to test the groups and what they had learned. One of the young men was ill, he had a bad heart. It was difficult for him to walk let alone hike all day. Now I did not go around with group and I do not know how good they were at the different activities but 8 hours later when they returned they had Bill, the ill young man, on their shoulders....and they were singing. The going was too tough for Bill but rather than let him come back to camp they carried him ... the whole way! That's what Christlike people do, they carry the weak, they help those in need and they view everyone as their brother or sister. I would love to say that I live a perfect life but I have too many imperfections. However, I know that each day I need to strive to have Jesus and His image in my countenance. I want to be they guy who can carry the person as the Savior would and as those young men did. I go to church diligently and partake of the sacrament. I pray with my family and study the scriptures but I do not do this because I have to, it's because I need to. Like the athlete trains for the race I train to be ready for the prompting of the Spirit.