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Hi I'm Rick

I have been married to my sweetheart for 40 years. I have had several different careers and enjoyed them all. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Eric though I have been called Rick throughout most of my life, along with other assorted names that suited others, mostly in my family. I will be 62 in a couple of days and that causes a lot of personal reflection on where my life has been, where it is, and what lies ahead. My sweetheart and I just celebrated our 40th year of marriage. Others ask how we have lasted that long and the answer is true of all marriages that last.....one day at a time. She loves me and I love her, very simply and very deeply. We care enough to be hurt and love enough to heal when we are at odds and I must say the healing is much more satisfying than the hurting. We are the parents of three great children, two daughters and a son. They have given us the gift of eight wonderful grandchildren and three wonderful in laws and their parents. We live close enough to visit when we can and far enough away to miss each other. When I was in better shape and healthier, I enjoyed playing raquetball and bicycling. Both are self demanding and can be competitive. I enjoy the activity more than the competition I love being in an industry that I can help others in their physical and emotional needs as I fit people with hearing aids. It is a very rewarding experience that is a great benefit to those that receive it and is productive enough to support 9 employees. I love my life and those that I associate with. My associates are many, my friends close to my heart and my family is the dearest.

Why I am a Mormon

I was 16 years old and previous to that belonged toThe Church of the Brethren in Pennsylvania and the Presbytarian church. Though I was not that active in either one I have always felt the presence of a Heavenly Father who loves me. We were introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints through a very personal family tragedy. It is unique, in that the event caused so much pain in our family but opened up a door that has given so much light, life and hope that we now regard it as a blessing. When I was 15, our activities were centered around water activities. It was during an activity one weekend, that my three year old sister drowned. No one was to blame, but all in my family suffered greatly. We had general hope of God's love but very little consolation of spirit. We went to the New York World's Fair that year 1965, and we went to the Mormon pavilion that was shaped like the Salt Lake City temple. We watched a movie titled "Man's Search For Happiness", and toured the pavilion. It was o.k. to a 15 year old boy, not particularly exciting, but there, two miracles happened. My very frugal father "donated" 50 cents for a Book of Mormon and signed a guest card, checking the box that said he wanted to know more. My father does not do those things and it shows how the Spirit of God works. In October two Mormon missionaries came to our door, guest card in hand and asked if we were ready to hear more. We were, we did and all except my mother were baptised members of the church in December. I credit the youth of the congregation or "ward" we were part of. They welcomed me with open arms and helped me to be a better person. Because of my mother's grief, she took a little longer, but now, we are an eternal family. I know that our lives were guided and that the lessons we learned are true. I have studied the scriptures, and prayed and know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true and can be the source of much spiritual growth and development.

How I live my faith

My participation in the Church have been very diversified. I have always loved working with the youth especially when I had more energy to do so. My present responsibilites allow me to meet with many great people in our congregation and I am allowed to be called a leader. It is very humbling to be responsible to make sure that needs, both temporal and spiritual, of a group of families, and single members are met through giving assignments and organizing activities and help for their benefit. We visit each other at least monthly and reach out to give physical, emotional and spiritual support. We teach each other and bear witness to spiritual experiences and feelings we have. We also have the responsibility of helping others prepare to go to and attend the temple. The temple is where we give service to those who have passed on before us, to receive ordinances vicariously through our proxy. Great blessings become readily apparant as we research our family genealogy and then perform those ordinances in the temple in their behalf. My favorite duty in the church is shared by all members, teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When people hear the discussions about Jesus Christ, our purpose on earth, modern day prophets, the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ , a light comes on and a distinct recognition eminates from that persons face.This has eternal blessings that can be shared with others and that is what we do. Service is the foundation of the life of the Savior and we try to emulate Him in every way we can. When we are in service to others we reflect His love for us and those we serve. It can be as simple as a kind word or as complicated as helping after a hurricane. We do it because we love each other and we want to be Christ like in our actions. He is the center of all we try to be and we love Him. Thank you for allowing me to share my heart, my thoughts, my feelings. I pray that you may be touched in your heart and seek to learn more. May God bless you.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Rick
Our testimonies are developed and strengthened through our acts of faith. We read the scriptures which include the Bible, The Book of Mormon and other modern day scriptures. They are living documents given by a loving Heavenly Father for our benefit. Daily reading helps us to structure our lives to become more like our savior, Jesus Christ and guides us in our treatment of our brothers and sisters on the earth. As we pray about the things we read we receive a feeling of truth and validation of them and that is what develops and strengthens our testimony or "witness" of the Gospel. It can be a very strong feeling that swells within us or just a humble, soft and sweet prompting of the truth that we have experienced. Our actions as we adjust our behavior to match those of great spiritual leaders of the past and present, validate and strengthen our testimony. We rely on our testimonies in times of trouble and when we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others. It is a source of great strength and much comfort. Show more Show less