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Hi I'm Richard

I'm a Mormon. I was born in England, but I now live in Omaha NE USA. I have a strong testimony of Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ.

About Me

I was born to goodly parents just after the Second World War. I had a very nice childhood overall and from the age of 6 spent most of my free time out and about in the country side. I was not one for sitting about the house reading in those days. My parents were members of the Church of England and so my first experience of church was when I went to Sunday school. So I had an early understanding of who Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are and some basic knowledge of the Holy Bible. I was an average student at school and upon leaving school I joined the RAF as a Cook and worked my way up to a Chef Manager. I joined the LDS Church in 1993 with my wife and daughter and we experienced a new dimension in our lives which enriched us spiritually. We found that being a Mormon meant actively living the gospel of Jesus Christ in every respect. It continues to bring us much joy and happiness. I had a few different jobs after retiring for the RAF until I was employed by the LDS Church as the Chef Manager of the Preston England Temple in 1998. I remained in that position until 2002 when the Lord through the Holy Spirit called me on an 18 month full time volunteer mission to Russia as a Church Education Coordinator with my eternal companion Pat. We returned to England and after a few months came to visit our only child Karen and family in the USA. It was at that point that we decided to remain in the USA to be close to our daughter and family. I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I will start my testimony from the time my daughter told us that she had just made friends with twin girls at her new school. Our daughter asked us if she could go with them to an activity at their church. We said yes as we knew the girl's parents and they would not allow their girl's to be involved in anything that was not good. She continued to attend these activities for a long time before she asked us if she could learn more about the church and we asked the church's name. She said that it was the Mormon Church and that she would like us to meet the Bishop, we said yes and so a date was arranged. That evening soon arrived and we opened our door to see the twin girl's father standing there, we had no idea that our friend was the Bishop. He introduced us to two smart young men who told us they were church missionaries. We invited them in and the Bishop started to explain to us what our daughter wanted to be involved in. This interested us greatly and stimulated us to ask our own questions about the gospel and what their beliefs were. Without us realizing it we had received the first discussion and we asked if they could come back next week to continue the conversation. We felt the spirit and were eager to learn more about Joseph Smith and the gospel. After a period of time we decided as a family to be baptized on my wife's birthday. It was a great experience and the spirit was there in abundance. Since that day we have gone from strength to strength in the gospel and cannot imagine being without it in our lives. I know that Joseph Smith Jr. a 14 yr old boy saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in a grove of trees, that they spoke to him by name and that they are separate individual beings in our likeness. I know that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of the Lord. That he translated the Book of Mormon through divine inspiration and I know this to be true. That the Priesthood has once again been restored to the earth. This is my witness in the name of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is for me a 24/7 commitment. That is the way our Savior Jesus Christ has asked us to live His gospel and to do his work. Each morning I start my day in prayer to thank my Heavenly Father for a new day, and an opportunity to do better. I look for an opportunity each day to serve another of God children in need. This brings a wonderful feeling of satisfaction as I am passing on what my Savior does for me. I actively participate in serving in my ward in the men’s organization as the High Priest Secretary and in the Stake as the Finance Clerk. I have served with my wife as voluntary senior missionaries for 18 months in Russia teaching the youth the gospel and training church members to be gospel teachers. This was a very rewarding time for us as we saw the testimonies of the youth get stronger and stronger in the gospel each day. I am myself a convert to the Church as are my wife and daughter; you might think how can I give 100% commitment to living the gospel of Jesus Christ. Well, I did not learn everything at first, it starts line upon line and precept upon precept, by taking one step at a time as you do the Holy Spirit bring joy and happiness to your life. One of my most enjoyable activities is to go out home teaching with another male member to visit with members and their families. We take along a message of love and build personal relationships with them. We go because we love them and want to help them through service when they need it. I also have home teachers and they do the same for me. An example of this is putting up my Christmas lights each year, I am unable to do this for myself so my home teachers come along and put them up and take them down. I have been involved with church group activities where we go out into the local community and help clean up public parks and give service in homes of those in desperate need. All these things bring a sense of well being and love for others.