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Hi I'm Richard

My family is awesome, been married to the same beautiful woman 35 years, am a retired Army officer, ride a Harley and am a Mormon.

About Me

I like riding my Harley and eating tapioca pudding when it's warm. I was selected number one in the draft lottery and for 24 years served in the Army as a Medical Service Corps Officer. For a stark contrast to the military, I now work for a regional library. I enjoy playing chess with all its strategies. My best moments come when hugging a loved one, especially a grandchild, or receiving a love note. My wife once stuck hearts all over my office on Valentines Day with lyrics from my favorite rock band. A highlight in my life was climbing the Grand with my son. Lately I've been interested in learning more about my ancestors, especially those on the Italian side of the family tree. Luckily my wonderful wife of 35 years is an expert genealogist and knows how to find them all. Learning about my family helps me understand perhaps why I am the way I am.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was brought up in a Mormon environment, there came a time when I had to really know for myself whether all I had been taught in church and by my parents was true. I remember seriously reading the Book of Mormon as a teen and praying about whether Joseph Smith was telling the truth or not. No bolt of lightening struck me, but over time I came to know the truth about religion. Having this truth revealed to me in a world most confused about the subject is a blessing beyond words. In a perfect world we would all have such a knowledge and live by precepts designed to make us and those we love the happiest of people. I am a Mormon because after knowing the truth I can be nothing else.

How I live my faith

Attending church meetings and activities helps me stay grounded in the gospel, but what helps me the most is feeling the Spirit each day. The best way to feel the Spirit is to study and ponder the scriptures and really connect with Heavenly Father through sincere prayer. Following the words of living prophets also helps me focus on the more important aspects of life--Stephen Covey's Quadrant II. We often get so wrapped up in busy schedules and stressful situations that we often forget why we are here. Of course I could never stray too far with my eternal companion by my side. She is always engaged in a good cause.