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Hi I'm Rick

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Recently retired after 35 years in the railroad industry. I spent 3 years in my youth in the service of our country. I participated in two tours of duty in Viet Nam, as a gunner on a helicopter. That event created some short-comings in my life after I was discharged from the Army. It took me several years to get back to focusing on my future as opposed to my past. My wife and I have been married for 42 years. We have raised three children and have 12 wonderful grandchildren. While I was raised as a Mormon I did not always follow the path of an active church member. In short I was not a good example of what the church would call a shining example. During this period of time I never admitted to membership in the church. My lifestyle at many times was an embarrsement to me personally.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that the church is true. I know that Joseph Smith was a instrument in the hands of God to restore the true gospel back upon the earth. Thirty three years ago two young missionaries found us in Bloomington, MN. Our oldest child, our son was 12. Our second child was just turning 8. The missionaries talked with me about baptising the children into the church. After some discussion my wife and I decided that it was ok to have the missionaries perform this ordianance for us. Prior to my in-activity I held the office in the Aaronic priesthood of a Priest. They have authority to baptize. The missionaries requested that we have an interview with the Bishop of the ward, with the Children. We accepted. After the Bishop had talked with the children he excused them to another room. He then looked me in the eye and said, "Brother you hold the office of a Priest, you need to baptize your children. I told him I was not worthy. He said go home and make yourself worthy, you have 5 days. I looked at my wife and said, "can he do that'? She said, "o yes you need to heed his counsel. For the first time in my life I felt the undenyable spirit of the holy ghost desend upon me and confirm the sacredness of the work we were doing. As I brought my arm to the square I was unable to utter a word. My tongue was boundand I could not speak. Three seperate times I attempted to utter the blessing all to no avail. Once I accepted in my mind the truthfulness of the ordiance, I was able to complete the prayer. What joy came to my mind as I had finally felt the true spirit of the Lord almighty.

How I live my faith

I have tried to life my life since that time to give back to others for those who gave for me. I had a great scoutmaster, who moved many of us from the rank of tenderfoot, to eagle scouts. I have participated in scouting, and helped many young men complete their eagle projects. I have found that eagle scouts make great leaders and dedicated workers. I now serve in the church in the administration of events in our stake. The work is fulfilling and gives me a chance to bear my witness to others.