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Hi I'm Rick

I'm a happily married father of 4. I'm a Lead Software Engineer for a Telecommunications Company. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small farming community in the Columbia River Basin (Center) of Washington State in the United States. I was the oldest of 6 children. I loved to play and learned to work. My favorite things to do were to play kickball, baseball, or football in the front or back yard with my brothers, dad, and friends. Yes, we broke out several windows which my dad lovingly repaired. I also enjoyed swimming , bowling, basketball, softball and the outdoors. I always enjoyed math and did well in it. While in High School I gained an interest of computers. That led me to take Computer classes at College which ultimately led to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Brigham Young University (BYU). While at BYU I met my sweetheart. We married and both worked as we completed school. My first job out of College was working on Avionic (Airplane) software. I later transitioned to Telecomunication software which I still do today.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were very involved in the community where I grew up. They participated in the community choir and community plays. They were on several boards and committees that helped organizations in the community. My parents were great examples to me. They were also members of the church and took me to church each week. I learned about Jesus in Primary (the organization in the church for the young children). I learned about choosing the right. I learned that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith to restore Christ's church to the earth. When I was eight, I wanted to be baptized to show that I believed in Christ and wanted to follow him. When I turned 12 year old, I was ordained a Deacon in the Aaronic Priesthood. The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name here on earth. That power had been restored to the earth through Joseph Smith by John the Baptist who had baptized Jesus. I was proud to be a representative of the Lord as I passed the Sacrament in church each week. As a youth I participated in the church youth programs and attended Seminary. My testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ continued to grow. I gained a greater understanding and knowledge of the pioneers and the establishment of the church. I also read from the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I believed them to be the word of God. I knew if they were true then the other teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the church must also be true. When I turned 19, I wanted to serve the Lord by going on a mission to share the gospel with others. I was called to serve in the Chile, Vina Del Mar mission which I gladly accepted. As I studied and taught the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ every day, my belief in those teaching and the truthfulness of the church became solid. From that time on I have had no doubt that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true Church of Christ upon the earth today.

How I live my faith

I attend church weekly to associate with others with my same beliefs. We share and learn together. I currently work with the youth and their leaders in planning activities that will help them build friendships and strengthen their understanding of gospel principles and standards. I also serve as a Scout Leader in the local Boy Scout District. One additional responsibility I currently have is the Athletic Coordinator for our church unit (Ward) where I help organize sporting related activities for exercise and fellowship - I love sports. I have served in many capacities in the church over the years including being a Bishop (a leader of a congregation), a presidency member for the Youth, a Scoutmaster and other Scout leader positions, a teacher, a finance clerk, a membership clerk, and the list goes on. I have participated in many community service projects (some orgnaized by the church) and helped many individuals through the years. I enjoy working along side others to strengthen and beautify our community and to help those in need. Another thing I do is attend the Temple to perform salvation ordinances on behalf of those who have passed on. This is a very rewarding experience as I do something for others that they cannot do for themselves. Heavenly Father loves all of His children and this is the way they can have the opportunity to receive these necessary ordinances. Lastly, of all the responsibilities I have, the most important is being a good husband and a father. I try to support my family in all they do: school, church, band, sports, theater, scouts, etc. I try to teach them correct principles that will help prepare them for the rest of their life and help them be contributing citizens in their communities. It's a great responsibility; but, I love it and I love my family.