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Hi I'm Rick

I'm a Mormon. I grew up near the Presbyterian Church and went there until I met the Mormon missionaries when I was 16 years old.

About Me

I am a musician. I play clarinet in a local amateur symphonic pops orchestra, and I play guitar, sing and compose music. I also direct the choir in my ward (congregation). I have always loved music!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in Junior High School I decided to read the Bible, starting at the beginning. The great stories in Genesis and Exodus thrilled me, reading about how God spoke directly to prophets such as Adam, Noah, Enoch, Moses, and others. I did not get too far into Leviticus before I lost interest, but the idea that God taught his people anciently through prophets stayed with me. As I looked at the Christian churches around me, including the Presbyterian Church across from my home, it struck me as odd that none of them seemed to be led by a prophet! And they all taught conflicting doctrines. It seemed wrong that God would speak to prophets in Od Testament times, but not today. Why? Does He not love His people anymore? Do we not need Him any more? Or maybe there is no true religion, I thought. Maybe they are all man-made. As a junior in High school I had the opportunity, through the Billy Graham organization, to accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. I left that meeting with no doubt that Christ was the Son of God. They told me I should attend church. I was excited, now I would know which religion was right! But then they said it does not matter which church I attended. I could not understand this. I wanted to join the TRUE church, not just any one. I wanted the church that taught only truth, revealed by God. I needed to know, for example, is immersion the only true baptism, or is sprinkling okay? And I still wanted a Church that communicates with God through a prophet. I remained confused, though now a committed Christian. One day two young men (about 3 years older than my 16 years) came to our door. My older brother and I were home and they said they were from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They taught us about a young man, a prophet named Joseph Smith. I got very excited to learn that God had spoken to a prophet in modern times! But they said to ask God if their story was true. I did and the Holy Ghost bore witness. I know it's true!

How I live my faith

I lead the congregational hymn singing in church on Sundays. I love hymns. I also teach and direct our choir. It's a very small group but I'm so pleased with the quality of their singing. They love singing and they love the Lord. We often feel after singing in church that we had some help from angels! I also teach a lesson once a month to the men. I feel it's a great blessing to discuss with them the current teachings of our living prophets and apostles. It's wonderful growing spiritually along with these men. I try to live my faith not only on Sundays but all week long. My relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ, is not a one-day-a-week thing for me. It's important to me to be a Latter-day Saint at all times, and "let my light so shine." After all, God doesn't bless me only on Sundays, but every day.