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Hi I'm Richard

I grew up in a "non-religious" home raised by a single mother. I am a business owner, father of 3 children, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love my life!! I was talking with my wife the other day and saying how some people I know create "bucket lists", and that I have been so blessed in my life that I can not think of anything that would put on such a list. Then I did think of one, I would like to visit New York some time. I worked for 18 years as a General Manager for a particleboard manufacturer. In that position I was afforded the opportunity to travel to so many wonderful places, including Korea, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Mexico, and to many places throughout North America. I LOVE, I mean realy LOVE to golf. I am not that great at it with a 20 handicap, but I just love doing it and have had wonderfull opportunities to golf many courses with my travelling. I have an awsome friend who I golf with quite alot, (he is much better than I ) and we have the best of times and laugh lots when we golf together. 1-1/2 years ago my wife and I bought a long existing ski shop in our community. It has been a huge challenge in so many ways, but at the same time extremely fullfilling as we work hard together to build a successful business. I have a 24 year old son who is completing his apprenticeship in sheet metal, and 2 awsome girls still living at home.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because everything about living the lifestyle of a mormon leads to blessings of peace, happiness, fulfillment and meaning to life. That is not to say that being a mormon gives you a pass on the difficulties that beset any of us in life, but being a mormon provides a foundation and understanding beyond my own personal capabilities to go through anything that life may throw at me. I also love the way that over time, and consistently living the standards taught by the church, we change, we become more loving, patient and kind. I joined the church when I was 29 years old. I was not particularly looking for religion at the time, and had alot of difficulty bringing myself to pray sincerely to find out if the message of the church was true. eventully, after 2 years of investigating the church, I knelt down one evening and offered a sincere prayer to God, asking if the teachings of the church were true and if I should get baptized. The answer that I recieved clearly to my mind was an almost sarcastic one and was "well, what do you think?" This caused me to reflect on what I had been taught and to answer god truthfully, that I thought it was true and that I should get baptize. it was at that time, after I had made up my own mind, That I recieved a powerfull feelling of peace and contentment, and just a wonderfull feeling that i had made a good decision. i have since felt that same feeling of peace and confidence in my life many times as I have looked to God for answers to many of lifes big and sometimes little questions. having the church, and in particularly the guidance of the holy ghost has allowed me to be so much more and to live life so much more abundantly than if I had done it on my own. I am a mormon because I LOVE being one, in more ways than I can say.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in everything I do. This faith is definitely not a Sunday only thing. This faith is something that is a part of everthing I do. The meetings on sunday provide significant "fuel" for the following week to become a better person. I love my sundays, and realy feel the influence that attending those sunday meetings has on me throughout the week. I serve in the church as a branch president, and as such have many opportunities to associate with all the members of our congregation on a regular basis. I love to spend time with other members of my faith and socialize with those other members on a regular basis. i also love to cook, and as such we regularly have the missionaries in our home for dinners. i love the spirit they bring into my home, and believe they are a wonderful influence on the daily lives of me and my family. I am not overzelous about sharing my beliefs with others, but i do love talking to others and sharing with them what I know about the church. i am not shy about talking about the church and enjoy a good conversation with those not of my faith.