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Hi I'm Rick

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Holladay, a suburb of Salt Lake City. I attended the University of Utah, receiving both a Bachelors and Masters degree from "the U". While returning from a family vacation between my Sophomore and Junior years at the U, I had the fortunate circumstance to meet a wonderful girl from Utah Valley - south of the Salt Lake Valley. Close to a year later, we were married. Our life together has taken us through California, Colorado, New Mexico and now Arizona. We have four beautiful daughters - the first born in Utah and one from each of the next three states in our journey! In recent years, we've added three sons in law and five awesome grand kids - four of them are boys - balancing out our four daughters! Most of my career has been in the semi-conductor industry in a variety of roles. The volatile nature of the early years of that industry led to several plant closings and lay offs - which enabled us to meet wonderful people wherever we moved to. We have loved every location where we've had the opportunity to work and live. We particularly have enjoyed traveling together as a family and have fond memories of Europe, Fiji, Costa Rica, Alaska, Hawaii and may other places across the US. Traveling together has been "expensive", yes. And yet, priceless, at the same time. My family and I now own a couple of franchise math tutoring locations and love working with kids to help improve skills in an area that is very difficult for may to master.

Why I am a Mormon

The easy answer would be that I was born into a family that practiced and held to the beliefs of the church. However, that would shortchange a conversion journey that is ultimately required of all who try to adhere to the teachings and tenants of our faith. During my childhood and teenage years, I pretty much went with the flow of my family and many friends who were also LDS (Mormon) in the Salt Lake area. As the time came for me to decide whether to serve a mission or not for the church, I needed to really understand what I believed and where I stood. Setting one's education back two years is a difficult decision if you are unsure. Additionally, serving a mission is very hard work. There is very little that is easy about it. To their credit, my parents leveraged no pressure at all. This was my decision and I knew that no matter what it was, they would accept and love me. I began in more earnestness and sincerity to read and study scripture. Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I put the promises offered in the Book of Mormon to the test and received enough of a confirmation of the veracity of the Book of Mormon and the tenants of my religion that I chose to serve a mission. My testimony grew little by little and my faith increased as I served and worked. Faith and belief are complex and living/breathing concepts. As time goes on, past experiences fade just as the pain of the passing of a loved one fades with time. I have found through the years, that it is important to continue to study the word of God, to stay in communication with Him through prayer and times of quiet pondering and to act upon feelings and promptings to serve others. These simple actions have kept my faith alive and have kept me moving forward in doing all that I can to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I have had many wonderful opportunities to serve within my home Ward and Stake. I have the opportunity each month to visit families in the ward to check in, to see that all is well with them and look for areas where they may have a need that I can attempt to meet. Similarly, there are others, that look in on my and my family. This is the "home-teaching" program of the church and helps ensure that needs are met and that no one feels lost or alone. I've had the opportunity to work with a large number of youth in my ward, both the young men and the young women, while serving as the "Bishop" of our ward. Most of the young men go through the scouting program as offered by the Boy Scouts of America. As the boys get older, we move into more "high adventure" activities. While in middle age myself, the time I was able to work with the young men and young women (ages 12-18) reminded me of the excitement and intrigue of youth. I am currently serving in a capacity in the "Stake" (a Stake is a compilation of 8-12 Wards), with an assignment to work with our stake young women's organization (as a "High Councilor"). While this service role is a little more administrative in nature than my past experience working with the teenage group, I still have the opportunity to participate in annual camps and in a variety of activities throughout the year.