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Hi I'm Richard

I was born and raised in Chicago. I am studying Computer Science. I love playing sports. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a student studying Computer Science. I love learning, and would consider myself a scholarly person. I always want to know why things are the way they are, and how things work. I love to question what I am taught and make sure that I understand it for myself. I love playing sports. I play Ultimate Frisbee regularly mostly for fun, but sometimes competitively. I also enjoy basketball and ping pong. I am not married yet, but can't wait to start a family of my own. I love my parents and siblings very much and enjoy nothing more than spending time with them.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are LDS, and so I grew up being taught to believe in my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. When I entered my teenage years, however, I realized that there are a lot of different views, beliefs, and opinions out there. As I learned about evolution and physics, I realized that not only are there those who wonder about whether or not God is there, but there are many people that completely dismiss the possibility that such a Being even could exist. I began to question whether or not the things I had been taught my whole life were true, or whether those around me had been duped by some false teachings made up by Joseph Smith. I decided to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know whether or not it was true. For some reason, I thought I had to wait until I had read the entire book to ask, but I now realize that I could have asked God throughout my study of the Book of Mormon, and He could have answered my prayers as I read. Nonetheless, as I read, I did question. I asked myself, "was this written by a prophet 2200 years ago with the intent of bringing others to Christ, or was it written by Joseph Smith 200 years ago with the intent of gathering a personal following?" I felt as I read, that it would be impossible for Joseph to make up those words and messages if his intent was malicious. I didn't think that it was untrue, but I still didn't feel like I had had any special witness from the Holy Ghost. After I finished reading the book, I did pray and ask God. While I didn't get my answer that night, or even that month. I continued to pray to know, and then, in a setting where I didn't expect to receive and answer, but in a setting where the Holy Ghost could speak to me, I heard a voice in my head that told me, "Richard, the Book of Mormon is true." In that moment, I felt with all the confidence of my soul that it was true. I still have questions, and I still live by faith, but I am confident that God is real, and that this is His church.

How I live my faith

The most important thing that I do to live my faith is that I try to emulate the Savior Jesus Christ. I have a lot of room to improve, but I find that as I do my best to look for opportunities to help and lift others, that whether or not people recognize my discipleship of Christ, that they will still appreciate what I do, and I can spread the love and joy of Christ with them. Also, in my following of Christ's example, I do my best to avoid anything that would hurt, offend, or discourage those around me or, even more importantly, my Heavenly Father. I live the commandments and have found absolute joy and confidence in myself and my future in so doing. I serve in my Ward in a number of ways, doing little things that will hopefully make big differences. With others in the Ward, I plan activities and lessons to strengthen our friendship and faith.

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Richard
We believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior and the Son of God. We believe that God is the father of our Spirits, and that he has a marvelous plan for our eternal happiness. Part of that plan is for us to live on this earth to learn, gain experience, have families, and experience both joy and pain. Because we all make mistakes and sin, God's plan would be fruitless without Jesus Christ. We, as unclean souls, would not be able to live with God after we pass on from this life. Through Jesus Christ's suffering in Gethsemane, His crucifixion, and His Resurrection, however, we can be cleansed from sin and live with God again. We are cleansed as we repent, change from our natural tendencies to more righteous thoughts, deeds, and habits and then make covenants with God. The only way we can make those covenants is through ordinances like baptism performed by an authorized representative of Jesus Christ. In Christ's day, He authorized His apostles to perform those ordinances. Eventually, however, the apostles were killed and there was a falling away from the true Church of Christ. Then, about 200 years ago, starting with Joseph Smith, God restored His authority on the earth by calling prophets and apostles once again. As Mormons, we realize that everyone must be cleansed of sin to be truly happy. Since God's authority is still present in current day Priesthood holders, we invite all to come, learn of Christ, and be baptized by His authority in order to experience true joy. Show more Show less