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Hi I'm Richard

I grew up in western Pennsylvania and moved to Florida 36 years ago. I am an engineer and love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wonderful and fun wife Annie and I have four sons (all Eagle Scouts) and one daughter. We also have four beautiful grandchildren with one more on the way. I love the outdoors. Particularily enjoy working around home and garden along with camping and riding my bicycle. I have ridden solo and self supported across the Unitied States experiencing my 61st birthday on the trip. I ride several times each week for exercise and the pleasure of being on 'the bike'. I plan to see much more of the United States as my wife and I travel. I also plan to spend more time on the Application Trail....perhaps one day hike the full length of it. We are having a great time being with our grandchildren as well as enjoying our children as adults. A very different and exciting way to be with our children. I recently retired from my paying job and am very much enjoying the new phase in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Early in my professional career a senior member in the office mentioned the corporate jet pilots were all Mormon. I did not know what that meant and inquired. His response was 'they do not drink therefore are safer to fly the planes'. Some years later my family moved to an neighborhood in another city. The family across the street became our best friends in town. Turned out they were Mormon. Again we moved. The missionaries came to our home and asked if we would hear more about Jesus Christ. We had not attended any church in years but agreed to allow them to come to our home. After a few lessons we told them 'now was not the time' and ended that relationship. (I should comment that many of the local members were part of that teaching experience.) Several years later in the same town a change in my personal circumstances caused me to wish to know more about the church. Since all my previous experiences were positive and since local folks (some of whom I knew from work and other local contacts) were involved, it was easy to find out more. It was not insignificant that the young lady I was dating had recently joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I came to know the Gospel is true and have enjoyed the blessings of it for the last 31 years. Our Temple marriage has been a backbone of our relationship. It is eternal and it is wonderful. I have had the opportunity to serve the Lord in many different capacities....these have all strengthen my testimony. I do know the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true and sacred. I am grateful for the Holy Ghost for confirming that within my heart. I share these few things in the name of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is and has always been a way of life...not just an ocassional thing. I am grateful that we have been able to build our lives around the Gospel and attempting to do what is right. Sometimes it seems too easy to forget, but I work to recover from my mistakes. The callings and responsibilties I have had have been a strengthening to me. The most vital part has been my need to be the best example I can for my wife and children....and now my grandchildren. We try evey day and remember the importance of our Heavenly Father in every aspect of our lives.