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Hi I'm Dick

I'm a Mormon. I am a convert to the Church. I joined when I was 20 years old and a college student

About Me

My wife and I have been married 43 years. We have 6 children, 4 girls and 2 boys, and 16 grandchildren. I am proud of every one of them. They live in six different locals spread across the country from Tennesseee to Michigan to Colorado to Wyoming to Utah and to Washington. We spend a fair amount of time traveling to see them. I am a Mechanical Engineer although I worked in management for nearly all of my career. My wife has a degree in Elementary Education. She "retired" after teaching briefly when the children started to come and she decided to be a stay at home mom. We now live in Washington state although we lived in places like OR, ID, MS, and AR where I worked in the wood products business. I retired in 2007 and we live here where my wife grew up. I grew up not far from here. We do volunteer work for the Church a day or two a week. Our goal is to be of service to others. I am a ham radio operator which helps us be prepared for emergencies when the regular lines of communication are not operable.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to join the Church when I was 20 and a student at a Community college. I met some girls who were members of the church and could tell that they were different than others. I learned that they had a book that I figured must be secret. I was wrong. They were pleased to share a Book of Mormon with me. I began meeting with the missionaries after a few months. It took several months and more study to convince me that I should pray about it. Once I did that I could not deny that it was true. I have been richly blessed because of that decision. I have seen the hand of the Lord in my life many times as a result of that good decision and subsequent decisions to be active in the Church. My wife and I have been sealed in the Holy Temple for time and for all eternity; our 6 children were all "born in the covenant" They have each been sealed to their respective spouses and their collective 15 children similarly sealed to them. This is a great blessing to us.

How I live my faith

We are active in the Church. We attend our Sunday and other meetings consistently. We pay our tithing. Presently I teach a Sunday School class of older teenagers. I have served as the leader of congregations in 3 of our locations. While these callings required much effort, the blessings of being able to help others are very great. My wife has served as a leader in our womens organization. When our children were young they participated in our Church's youth activities. Three of our six children graduated from Brigham Young University, one of our Church's higher educational schools. Both of our sons, all 4 of our sons in law, a 1 daughter in law have served full time missions for the Church. My wife and I have been asked to visit 6 families that live within our congregation. We work to meet with each of them at least monthly. Quite often we take a treat and hopefully discuss the gospel. We try to be friends with them and love to be able to help them. We have also been asked to lead our congregation in providing service to a local retirement center. Our congregation has done things such as making lap quilts, providing cookies for social hours, playing board games with residents, and reading the monthly newsletter to the visually impared. I have been an active member of Rotary at several locations that we lived. I have been on the Board of Directors of our neighborhood association for several years. While I was still working I was active in several industry associations and trade groups.