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Hi I'm Rick Gold

God has TRULY blessed me in life by his "Plan of Salvation," membership in his church, my parents, wife, children, and my career.

About Me

I grew up in Salt lake City, Utah into a Latter Day Saint family. I was 3rd of 4 children BGBG. My parents are active members of the church and have worked in various callings and strive to serve others in the church and family. I graduated from High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1972, served a Mission in the Oakland, California Mission 1973-75, and I married to my "Eternal Partner" - Luann, in the Oakland California Temple in December, 1975. I graduated from Junior College in CA, and University in CA, with a Bachelor’s Degree in “Business Administration.” After graduation, and after having been with my wife, an elementary teacher, I decided to return to school, get my Teaching Credential and get my “Masters in School Administration." I later pursued my Doctorate In "Educational Leadership." I served as a 6th grade Teacher, as an Elementary Assistant Principal, as a High School "Learning Director," as an Elementary School Principal, as a Middle School Principal, and as a “District Administrator" over "Student Testing and Assessment." In 2006, after completing my Doctoral coursework, I was in a motorcycle accident that resulted in several months in the hospital. After my recovery, I went back to work and have since retired. Luann, my wife, and I are the proud and grateful parents of three incredible children our oldest boy, 31 yrs. - a teacher, our second boy, 27 yrs. - an investment banker, and our youngest girl, 16 yrs.- a Junior in High School.

Why I am a Mormon

Given the spiritual experiences in my life - as a child in an LDS home, on my mission, in my career, and following my accident, I truly KNOW that this church is the true Church of Jesus Christ on the face of the earth and that the Lord guides his children through a living and true Prophet - Thomas S. Monson today. As a result of growing up in an LDS Home that strived to teach and reflect the Savior's teachings, I have been truly blessed from those teachings and have been blessed through the companionship and direction of the Holy Ghost as long as I have been true to those teachings. More than ever before in my life, I understand the importance of working to receive the companionship of the Holy Ghost and the blessings that come from striving to follow the Savior's example and teachings. I passionately believe in the blessings that come from reading the daily Scripture reading and thoughtful prayer. I KNOW that the church has the "true authority of God" - the Priesthood, and the continual guidance of a true and living prophet called by the Lord, and that the "Plan of Salvation" literally blesses all of our Lord's children. I truly understand the importance of working to follow our modern day Prophet's counsel by way of his relationship with the Savior & his teachings, Gospel Principles, and the importance of working to make those teachings a part of our everyday behavior. I know that the result of living the Lord’s gospel leads to both immediate and long term blessings in our individual lives and families. I know that the Lord does recognize and bless all of his children' effort to strive to obey his commandments and accept and follow his guidance through the companionship of the Holy Ghost, that he will bless each of us as we strive to live the gospel. I hope and pray for others to learn about the church, our Savior and his gospel, and to feel the joy and blessings that come from baptism in the church and from having a true and obedient relationship with God.

How I live my faith

As a follower of Christ's teachings I believe that it is indeed a blessing and privilege to "love thy neighbor." As such, I continually look for opportunities to help and serve others. Prior to my retirement as an educator, I tried to find students with "special" needs in education, family, or other "temporal" needs and tried to get involved in order to assist them in improving their academics and lives. Now that I'm retired, I try to help others move if necessary, I work to clean our local church building several times per year, I serve at our Stake Grape Vineyard Welfare Farm as a benefit for those in need. I currently serve as a local Ward Missionary and work with our full-time missionaries whenever possible, and - when I am physically able as a result of my accident - I try to volunteer in our school district, help my wife a teacher, my children, and neighbors in a variety of activities to help them be their best. I read my scriptures at least 5 chapters, literally every day and strive to pray as often as is possible. I recognize that I have fallen far short of the potential that the Lord blessed me with in my life, and I continually strive to recognize that fact in order to humble and motivate myself to improve what skills and abilities that I have in order to sharpen those skills to help serve others. There is a scripture that reads, "Where much is given, much is expected," and indeed I have been extremely blessed in my life and I have an expectation of my myself to pay back the most I can to help others better their lives as a result of that debt.