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Hi I'm Rich

I'm a dad. I'm a medical student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family of mostly boys in the western US. We played a lot of soccer and had a shared interest in language and people which was fed by my father (a linguist) and my mother (an English teacher). I learned to really love literature, especially poetry and graduated from college with a degree in English. I chose medicine as a career because it is an outlet for my profound belief in the importance of individual people. I have been married for several years and have two young sons. Family life has proven to be even more fascinating and meaningful than medicine for me and I spend most of my non-academic time with my wife and boys. I'm still able to get out and play soccer with the guys most weekends my family has been lucky to make a lot of good friends that we get together with often.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both very committed members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and my observation of them as I grew up was probably the most convincing argument for Church membership that I have ever been exposed to. It seemed to me that whenever they were doing something as parents or neighbors or friends that just felt like it was the right thing to do, I could look and see their faith at the core of their motivation for doing it. When I arrived at the time of questioning in my life and had to make decisions about what I believed I felt that I had already seen the effects of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in action and was able to make my decision based on that evidence. I have found that living the way my parents do can be much more difficult than it appeared to be when I watched them as a child but, one of the great consistencies in my life has been that when I really try to live my faith I am able to see in myself some of the same goodness that I recognized in them.

How I live my faith

I have consistently been taught that my relationships with God and my family are the most important priorities in life so a great deal of my time and efforts go into these. I spend some time reading scriptures, thinking and praying each day and my wife and I take time each Monday to sit down with our boys and teach them a little about what we believe and then play and eat something sweet. We've made some good memories with our boys this way they've surprised us more than once with statements and questions that range from profound to wacky. We also try to make a point of getting in some time as a couple each week which has been a really great thing for us since life can be pretty busy and we don't always get to spend as much time together as we would like. Outside of the home we try to find ways that we can help those around us. I've had opportunities to serve in the community through my medical school and there are always opportunities to help people in our congregation when they have times of difficulty or need. All of these things add richness and meaning to our lives and give us something more than just our basic needs to focus on.