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Hi I'm Richard

I traded surfing in California to be an engineering professor in the Midwest. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up surfing on the coast, but now find myself engaged as a college professor of engineering at a prominent Midwestern university. In the middle of winter I am often asked how a I handle the cold - but for me, nothing beats the life of a teacher! My family enjoys all that the simple life has to offer, hiking, canoeing, gardening, and friends. I hope to some day find another VW micro bus to restore just like the one from my youth that carried my surfboards to the beach - except I will be cruising around the Grate Lakes!

Why I am a Mormon

I treasure my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The teachings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ bring peace to my soul and hope for my future. As I live the principles and follow Christ's example I am blessed. They make me a better person, father, and husband. My faith in Christ is based on five points, like a star. First, I am grateful for my Savior, who gave his life so that I may put mistakes behind me and move forward. Second, the Book of Mormon provides tangible evidence, in addition to the Bible, of the restored Gospel and of the living Christ. Third, the truths of the Book of Mormon have been confirmed in my heart by a personal manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Fourth, by living the teachings of Jesus as found in the Holy Scriptures, I have been personally blessed. You can put them to the test, just as I have. Finally, the additional light and knowledge that comes from modern prophets, beginning with Joseph Smith to the present, help me to know my Father in Heaven, and His Son, Jesus Christ. The knowledge that I am a son of God is a powerful motivator to live a good life, and strive to be the best person I can be.

How I live my faith

Opportunities to serve my friends and neighbors have allowed me to practice my faith and show my gratitude for my Savior. I have learned that when we lose ourselves in service, our own lives are blessed in more ways than we can anticipate. I am currently serving with the young men in my ward and community through scouting. As a young man myself I completed an Eagle scout project, and served as a missionary in Europe. That experience propelled me to continue serving others by visiting the homes of those in need to provide temporal assistance and encouragement. I have been blessed in the past to lead our congregations as a bishop and teach children in Sunday school. Each of these service opportunities has enriched my life and strengthened my family. My favorite service opportunity is within the walls of my own home, raising my children with my wife to become productive, caring members of their community.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

As a scientist, I am often confronted by intelligent colleagues that find it hard to understand how I can believe in a loving Heavenly Father. But, I see God's hand in the beautiful laws of nature that govern our world and provide us with a rich environment where we are able to learn and progress. I find no conflict with the discoveries of science and my faith in God. I am grateful for the knowledge I have of my Father in Heaven, of his nature and his work. Show more Show less