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Hi I'm Richard

I am a PhD chemical engineer. I like winter, and traveling with my family. We have visited 47 of the US States. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happily married father of 6 kids. I and our four sons are Eagle Scouts. Our family likes to camp, play games, exercise, and watch good movies together. Some of us like to garden. Some of us run marathons. Some of us jump out of airplanes. I love to read good books that are historically based, and uplifting. I must like some science fiction because I enjoyed Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. I believe in the power of goodness, and am inspired by strong individuals, living or deceased, who have demonstrated that they are not afraid to be good. I know that, in the end, truth and right will always prevail. I appreciate those who have established high standards, and then let them guide their behavior and decisions at all times. I work in an R&D Department. While my graduate research at BYU (Brigham Young Univ.) and my early career was in combustion, I now work in fluid mechanics and mixing. I design specialty systems to achieve needed mixing in challenging chemical processing vessels. I have enjoyed authoring various patents, technical articles, and internal reports, my greatest joy does not come from my work, but from my family. I look forward to being a grandpa. I am excited to see what good my children and grandchildren will do with their lives. I have no doubt that they will work hard, live with honor and integrity, and bring honor and hope to their family and friends. I know that all of us have purpose in our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a strong family of practicing Mormons. I grew up with daily family prayers, in both the mornings and the evenings. We studied the scriptures on a regular basis, and tried to consistently apply the principles they espoused. My parents loved the Lord and lived His gospel in all aspects of their lives. They were good people who loved others and sought opportunities to serve. We always went to church on Sundays, and were always engaged in its work. By the time I was a teenager, I was well aware of the blessings that had come to me because of our gospel-centered life. I had seen the power of faith, and had seen some of my prayers answered in a direct and miraculous way. Not until I was 16 years old did I really hunger to know if this so-called "Mormon" faith was indeed directed by Jesus Christ. To satiate that hunger I knew that I needed to ask Heavenly Father for a personal and individual confirmation that He and Christ had indeed visited and spoken with 14-year-old Joseph Smith, in answer to his humble prayer. I also knew that hadn't already received such a witness because I hadn't desired or worked to receive it through sincere study and prayer. I began working and praying to remedy that. While I believed that the Lord restored gospel truths through a young boy named Joseph Smith in 1830, I wanted the Holy Ghost to confirm that to me in some unmistakable way. I expected that witness to come as a glorious vision, or some sort of heavenly manifestation. I continued to live as I had been taught, while working to be more faithful and more immersed in the scriptures. I can't go into detail, but my answer came as a quiet but undeniable witness from the Holy Ghost. I knew without question that God had re-opened the Heavens, and called a modern-day prophet. That initial witness has since been reaffirmed thousands of times. I know that Jesus Christ stands at the head of this church. I know that He lives, and is the Savior of the world.

How I live my faith

My family and I try to live our faith on a daily basis. We are often unsuccessful at living and acting as we should, and as we really want to, but we keep trying. When I was 20 years old, I was asked if I would "keep the faith" and "finish my course" faithful to the gospel of Jesus Christ. After a brief pause, I answered with a definite "YES." A friend asked if I wasn't being a bit arrogant, so I explained my thinking. I was determined to "make it" by not allowing myself to stop doing the little things that are so essential to salvation. I promised that I would never stop reading the scriptures and saying my prayers on a daily basis. I would never cease to attend church meetings every Sunday. I would never stop paying my tithing, or serving in the various capacities in which I was asked to serve. I would try my best to always love and serve my fellowman. I would seek for and follow promptings from the Holy Spirit. I would exercise faith in my Savior, and in my fellowman. I made those statements 32 years ago. I have tried to live as promised, because the promise was not just to my friend, but also to myself and to my Heavenly Father. Today, I have a wonderful wife who is also fully committed to the gospel of Christ. Her desires and behaviors are at least as good, and usually more righteous than mine. Our children are faithful, committed Christians who live the gospel. The three oldest have served voluntary two-year church missions. They are now working, going to college, and/or serving in the military. The oldest is married, and the younger two are preparing for their day of committment. The youngest three kids are still too young to serve missions or marry, but they are preparing for those opportunities. They actively serve in the church today. While I have served as a leader in our congregation, today I am in my third year of teaching the gospel to the 5-6 year old children in our congregation. I have never done anything more important.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Richard
Serving a mission is not required, but all young men have been asked to seriously consider and to prepare to serve while they are single and of the age of 19-26. Young women are also invited to consider and prepare to serve a mission while they are single and older than 21 years of age. Those who do so, have financial means of support, and have kept themselves worthy as determined in interviews with their local church leaders, can submit a application. The church missionary department determines where each individual missionary applicant will be called to serve, and informs the applicant through a personal letter. The applicant then returns the call with their acceptance. Me wife and I both served missions. I went to South Africa, while my wife served in Louisville, Kentucky. Our three oldest sons have served missions in Argentina, Alaska, and Brazil, respectively. Our three youngest kids are not yet old enough to submit applications, but they too are considering missions. My wife and I hope to serve together after we have retired. All of my seven brothers served missions. My parents served two together, after my father had retired. While we all loved our mission experiences, I speak for myself in saying that it was both my most joyous and my most difficult experience to that point in life. I served with all my heart, and felt it a privilege to do so. While I saw people change greatly as they accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ, I myself, changed immeasurably. Show more Show less