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Hi I'm Richie

Proud father of four wonderful children and six grandchildren. College basketball enthusiast and AAU coach. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married with four wonderful children and six very cute grandchildren. I grew up in Idaho, but after marrying and finishing at BYU, our family lived in seven different states. Our longest stint was nine years in Copley, OH. I spent most of my career managing regional shopping malls for JP Realty and Simon Property Group. My last seven years with Simon were most enjoyable as I filled the role of Regional Vice President mostly on the east coast and midwest. In 2007 we made a decision to return to Idaho -accepting a role of President of Hemming Corp. We develop retail, office, student housing and invest in other retail and restaurant businesses. We also own a significant stake in Five Guys Burgers and Fries in parts of California. Moving to a smaller community has been a bit of change after living near Washington, DC, Dallas, TX, Cleveland, OH for much of our married life, but we love being close to family and being part of a growing community fueled by the growth of BYU Idaho. One other tidbit about me (my claim to fame)...I was part of the BYU basketball team, led by Danny Ainge that made it to the Elite 8 of the NCAA basketball tournament in 1981. I played three more seasons following an LDS mission to the Barcelona, Spain mission. While I missed playing basketball while I was gone, my mission was the best experience of the early stages of my life. I now enjoy sharing what I learned with my son and the other boys that I coach. They are wonderful young men!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a faithfilled Mormon home with nine children and parents who taught and lived the gospel of Jesus Christ. Growing up I did not witness inconsistencies in the manner in which my parents taught us and the manner in which they lived their lives. In our home and in the church, we were taught that each of us must study, pray and seek for our own understanding and to receive a witness of gospel truths - not relying on the faith and testimony of others. In my late teens, I became more earnest and intent on studying and praying that I might receive insights and guidance. My thoughts and feeling were directed to missionary service. I decided to serve a mission. I was called to Barecelona, Spain. As I served, studied and prayed regularly my faith increased as did my desire to follow the teachings of Christ. I witnessed the gospel message rest in the hearts of people we taught and saw first hand how the truths of the gospel and the Atonement of Jesus Christ changed people for good and brought joy and happiness into their lives. I am profoundly grateful for these and many other experiences throughout my life that have given my life meaning and purpose. The world points us to a direction of self gratification - looking out for number one. And while we do need to worry about our standing before God, it is in the reaching beyond ourselves and the giving of ourselves to others that draws us nearer unto Him. As children of a loving Heavenly Father, he has provided a way to return to His presence. He has placed prophets and apostles on the earth today, just as he did in ancient times with all of the rights, privliedges and priesthood to enact His saving ordinances and covenants. It is within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints those covenants and ordiances can be found that will bring us back to our intended eternal home and will bring us joy and happiness while we sojourn through this mortal existence.

How I live my faith

In the church we are given the opportunity to serve one another in a number of ways. I have particularly enjoyed working with the young men in the various places that we've lived. I had the unique opportunity to serve as a Bishop of our ward (congregation) while we lived in Akron, Ohio. I loved that opportunity! As I served, I came to love those people in ways that I never before experienced outside of my family relationships. They are people who are devoted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and live in ways that bless the lives of so many others. They are people who don't serve just by assignment but truly look to lift and build whenever and wherever they see a need. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of service. After all, that is what Christ spent his days doing while on the earth, why would He not expect the same of us? While I am far from perfect and have much to learn and fine tuning to do in my life, I find that spending time studying the scriptures, pondering, attending my meetings, keeping my body and mind fit allows me to feel the influence of Heaven in my life - providing me with much needed guidance and direction. I am grateful each day for the bounteous blessing that are mine and I strive to live a life of appreciation so that not only my words but my actions will be an expression of my gratitude.