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Hi I'm Rich!

I've been a member of the LDS church for more than forty-years. Being a member has been the best decision I ever made.

About Me

After a forty-year career in education, I retired June 2010 as the faculty coordinator of services for students with disabilities at our local college. I was nominated and honored by the college as faculty emeritus It was a wonderful career! I am the proud grandpa of six grandchildren ranging in ages from almost 18 and a soon to be high school senior to a toddler who recently celebrated his second birthday. I suppose like the rings on a tree, one can look at the ages of grandchildren and approximate the age of the grandparent -- and the girth of one's waistline, too!  What do I do with my time in retirement? I make time to exercise regularly, read the scriptures daily, refine and enlarge my culinary skills at home, and spend time visiting with family and friends. With an eye on the sports page, I chart the successes and the shortcomings of the San Francisco Giants. And at the end of each day I ask myself, "where did the day go?"

Why I am a Mormon

The answer to this question is easier than it may appear at first blush. I know the emptiness of living an unsatisfying lifestyle. Growing up in the SF Bay Area in the sixties, I gravitated to the counter-culture and a lifestyle that eventually proved to be self-destructive, void of genuine meaning or purpose, and hurtful to those I loved the most, my wife and children. Awakening from what seemed like a decade-long stupor, I searched for the meaning and a purpose to life. I spoke with ministers of various faith-based communities. Eventually, my quest lead me to rereading a book shared with me many years before by a friend--the Book of Mormon Another Testament of Christ. Changing a habit or a lifestyle is never easy. The struggle to change and re-invent one's self can be a daunting. But change can occur and the redemption of a soul is possible when guided by the Holy Ghost, when genuine repentance is engaged, and when with faith in Jesus Christ becomes the cornerstone of one's life. Finding full fellowship in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been the most transformative event of my life. LDS doctrine has answered life's most basic questions: where was my spirit before coming to this earth, what is the purpose and meaning of life, and where does the soul go when mortality ends. I have a testimony of the doctrine of eternal relationships, that families can be forever -- a doctrine that has proven to be comforting, most sweet and precious as loved one's have passed. While life's vicissitudes can still swirl about, the doctrines of the gospel have proven to be a source of stability and aid so absent in my earlier life. Why am I a Mormon? Because I have applied the gospel of Jesus Christ to my life, kept the commandments of God, and have made sacred covenants with God in His Holy Temples.

How I live my faith

Someone observed that one's actions speak louder than idle words -- an observation that I have attempted to practice in my life. Whether at work, participating in community events, or serving within my church, I have striven to bring a grateful heart and a willing spirit of service to each occasion. While the busiest among us does not have more than twenty-four hours in a day, even when spent in a good cause, I have tried to make the best use of limited time in all my service opportunities. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) does not have a paid clergy at the local level. The ecclesiastical and service work of the LDS church is performed by members who voluntarily accept an invitation to serve. In my years of membership, I have served in teaching assignments, significant ecclesiastical leadership roles, administered aid and relief to those in need, visited the homes of individuals and families and prayed with them, and served as a patron and a worker inside LDS temples. Although some invitations to serve have been more time consuming (and challenging) than others, each has shared a common result-- by providing willing and cheerful service, I have come to know my God, myself, and my fellow man more intimately, and have been blessed for all of my efforts.