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Hi I'm Rick

I enjoy falconry, welding, reading and my family. I am an apprentice pipefitter, I only have a left hand and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, a father, and a convert. When I was eighteen I had my right hand amputated by a wood chipper. I eventually entered the work place again. I learned how to weld, fabricate, and install gates, handrails, and eventually graduated to heavier metal. This has led to one of my major interests welding, and my career as a pipefitter. I am in my apprenticeship which is five years of schooling and field training. I really enjoy the education I am receiving. I also enjoy the challenge of the work itself. The Holy Ghost helps me in both of these endeavors. My greatest joy is my family. To watch my children pray and try to keep the commandments is a great reward. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are filled with joy as children try to come unto them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a protestant. However, after my mother and father divorced, church became a twice a year event. I soon became discouraged with a few of the doctrines. This led to a period of rebellion. However, one day I was studying out of Hebrews five. This chapter grabbed my interest as Paul spoke of the priesthood of Melchizedek. It hit me like a mac truck. I understood that the gospel which was full of substance was to be had among those who held this priesthood. That evening I prayed that the Lord would reveal this order unto me. Heavenly Father did not answer my prayer immediately. Eventually I had come to the conclusion there was no true church on the earth. This filled me with sorrow. I felt alone and I again went through a rebellious period. However, our Heavenly Father is very wise and tends to work acording to His time. After about a two year period the Lord led me to meet up with some old friends who had joined the Church. I was invited to attend Church with them. I answered no and asked why they had become mormon. They started with their story and then they began to talk of the events of the restoration. While they related these events my heart was rejoicing and my thought was this is like events from the Bible. However, you should have seen me when they spoke of the restoration of the priesthoods. I knew then in my heart and mind that the events they were relating to me were true. My soul rejoiced I had found the true Church! I soon began the repentance process which due to my previous rebellions took close to seven years before i was baptized. I will forever charish that day. I testify that Joseph Smith under the direction of Heaven restored the true Church. I testify that Heavenly Father is the Father of our spirits, that Jesus is the Messiah and that through His atonement we may return to live with them in glory. I also testify that President Monson is the Lords' prophet on the earth and the Book of Mormon is a true volume of holy scripture!

How I live my faith

I love the hometeaching program. I also love family history and the Temple. However I would like to talk about the hometeaching program. This is where holders of the priesthood get to go to the homes of the members, and see if they are praying and studying the gospel. We also get to pray and seek revelation on any needs they might have, and to bring a message about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. This is one of my favorites, and is a sure way to grow and understand in the things of the Spirit. The brothers and sisters that I have hometaught and I have had sacred teaching moments in which testimonies have been given and the Holy Ghost has verified the truth that has been taught. Often times I have left feeling humbled and peaceful and am able to bring the same feelings home. This has often lead to increase our peace and strenghthen the love we have for one another as a family. I also love to study the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the scriptures for they truly teach us how to lay hold to eternal salvation.