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Hi I'm Rich

I love God and my sweet family. I work in marketing for a tech firm and love to paraglide, paddleboard & ski. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married to my amazing wife for nearly 25 years. To keep our love vibrant and growing, my wife and I go on a "date" each week, without fail. One of our favorite "date" activities is to go to the temple together and enjoy the peace we feel inside the temple. My wife and I have been blessed to have four terrific children. We love to do fun things together each weekend as a family such as camping, paddleboarding, swimming, skiing, going to movies and bowling. We also love to cook together and eat healthy, organic, natural food. Our 16 year old son has autism so everyone in the family works together to provide therapy and help him recover. Everyone in our family plays musical instruments and sings; we make a lot of noise and have a great time doing it! I graduated from a university and have since worked in a variety of marketing jobs for technology firms. I've been blessed to travel all over the U.S., Europe and Asia for my job and work with tremendously talented people. My wife has been able, numerous times, to accompany me on my work travels and we've had some terrifically romantic experiences on those trips. I love her and my children more than I can say. Because we've been very careful about managing our finances, my wife has been able to stay at home and raise the children. She definitely works harder than I do!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm descended from people who were persecuted and died young because of their belief in Jesus Christ. I was told their stories as a child and was taught how to pray. I attended church and read the scriptures with my family. This made a great impression on me during my childhood. I don't recall a time in my life when I didn't believe in God or feel a deep sense of obligation to my ancestors for their sacrifices that have allowed me to live in America and be a Christian. I still needed to develop a relationship directly with God myself and to know for certain that He sent his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, into this world to teach God's truth to all humanity, show the perfect example of obedience to God's commandments, atone for my and every other human being's sins and be resurrected so that I and all humankind may live forever. When I was 18 years old, I received an answer to a prayer that was one of the most profound experiences of my life. There is no way to describe the tremendous physical sensation I felt at that time which indicated to me that I have a direct, individual, loving and incredibly close bond with my Father in Heaven. I knew He sent me to this earth to be educated according to His personal plan for me. I learned that if I kept His commandments and served His other children to the best of my ability I would be blessed. Since then I have continued to pray, read the scriptures and attend church with my family. I have served when asked. The blessings I have received in my life far outweigh the limited good I have done. I absolutely know without a shadow of a doubt that God lives and He is personally active in the lives of His children; all human beings. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of all and He leads the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through His living prophet. I am more grateful for this knowledge and the experiences I've had as a Mormon than I can ever express or repay.

How I live my faith

From studying the life of Jesus Christ, I have tried to emulate His example by loving and serving God's children, my fellow human beings. As a full time missionary in South Korea, I taught about the life, teachings and restored church of Jesus Christ for nearly 2 years. That was one of the happiest experiences of my life. The friendships I made there have been among the most precious of any relationships in my life. As an adult, I have had numerous opportunities to serve both within the church and within the communities where I have lived. In church responsibilities, I have taught classes about the scriptures to children. I have served as a leader in the Boy Scouts of America. I have taught religion classes each school day to high school students and once a week to college students. I have worked in temples. For over 30 years I have visited homes of church members each month to be a friend and help them with little acts of service if they have ever needed it. In the communities where I have lived, I have served on the boards of directors of various charities such as a chemical dependency treatment center and a facility to help heal abused children. Perhaps the greatest laboratory for me to live my faith came when I was assigned to be a "Bishop" of a Mormon congregation. Even though I continued to work and provide for my family during weekdays, on weeknights and weekends I had the added responsibility of leading the caring for the temporal and spiritual welfare of 500 souls. I was incredibly blessed to work with over 100 other adult members of the congregation who brought so much talent & energy to meeting those needs. I prayerfully asked for help from our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost and my prayers were inevitably answered. I now serve in a role that allows me to counsel with and support other Bishops. Having faced similar challenges, I pray for and love those men deeply. I am amazed at how the Lord works through them to provide for His people.