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Hi I'm Richard

I'm a husband and father. I'm a college professor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Over 25 years ago, I chose to marry my best friend. This was one of the best decisions I've made because it set in motion a chain of events that have created a life of fulfillment and happiness. My wife and I have 5 children. I love spending time with them playing games, going on bike rides and outings, watching movies, and just talking. We try to always have dinner together. These are my favorite times. I like to just listen to everyone talk about their day's activities, their friends, their worries, and their plans. Life can get pretty hectic with a large family, but these times together are relaxing and fun. My kids sometimes argue and get on one another's nerves. I like watching them try to solve these problems and I like helping them do so. I never like it when my wife and I argue (which happens sometimes).

Why I am a Mormon

My great, great, grandparents were converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and became members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm thankful to have been born into a family with a long and great legacy of mormonism. This allowed me to know about Jesus and his gospel from a very young age. I am a member of the church because it has the fullness of the gospel. Every blessing that we need to return to live with Heavenly Father is available in this church. One of the greatest blessings available in this church is the promise that if we live our lives as Jesus wants us to we can live together with our spouse and the members of our families forever. That doctrine and blessing gives me hope and sustains me through the hard times in life.

How I live my faith

The gospel and my membership in the church influences everything I do, and in every setting. I try to be honest and act with integrity. I try to see the good in people and treat them with kindness. As a family, we take a few minutes every morning to have breakfast together, sing a hymn, read a few versus of scripture, and say a prayer before everyone scatters for the day. This helps us start the day feeling good about each other and helps us remember what is most important in our lives. We keep Monday nights free of other obligations and commitments so that we can spend time together as a family. After dinner together on Monday, one member of the family will teach everyone something and we sing and pray and play a game or do some kind of activity as a family. We attend church services on Sunday and I serve in the church by helping local church leaders know how to minister to the people in their congregations.