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Hi I'm Rick

I was born in Arizona. I am an agricultural county Extension agent. I love being outdoors and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I are the parents of six wonderful children. We enjoy playing with our twelve grandchildren. I love the outdoors. I enjoy traveling and seeing new things. I am facinated with nature, both plants and animals in their normal habitats. I am interested in history and enjoy visiting historical sites and seeing how the people lived. Before visiting a particular site, I like to read up about its history so that I will be prepared to enjoy the site to the fullest extent possible. I am employed by as a county agricultural agent and my two main areas of focus are sustainable agriculture and garden and landscape horticulture. I love my work because I get to help people learn about plants and how to grow them. I find It particularly challenging because I am always learning new things through research and study so I can teach up-to-date, research-based information. Of prime importance is my family. I love my wife and children, and now grandchildren. I love to spend time with them and do things with them. We are a close knit family even though we may live far apart. We try to take advantage of every opportunity to spend time together.

Why I am a Mormon

As early as I can remember I have been innvolved in the church. My family and I attended services each week and when I approached the age of eight, it was perfectly normal for me to look forward to baptism . Interestingly enough, my mother and i were baptised on the same day. My baptism still remains one of my most cherished memories. I remember well the actual service and the good feeling I had as I emerged from the water. Later, hands were laid on my head to confirm me a member of the Church and to confer the gift of the Holy Ghost. I have ever since appreciated the companionship of that wonderful Being. I learned how to share my testimony of the restored gospel when I served a full-time mission in Mexico. I found that as I taught the gospel and as I shared my testimony that both my knowledge of the gospel and my testimoy grew stronger and stronger. Even so, I cannot remember a time when I did not know that the restored gospel was true. it has always been a part of the very fiber of my being. The scriptures speak of the many gifts of the Spirit that come because of faith and obedience. I testify that these gifts do exist and that as we strive to live by the precepts of the gospel, those gifts can be manifest in our lives. I love seeing them work in my life and in the lives of my family. I know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God; that the gospel of Jesus Christ restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith is true; and that by living the gospel and keeping His commandments we can find true joy in our lives.

How I live my faith

The Church gives me opportunity to serve others. Whether serving as a home teacher, teaching a Sunday School or Primary class, or serving as a leader, I find it internally satisfying to use my talents to help others. No matter the opportunity, it is the doing that gives me joy. Currently it is my opportunity to teach the sixteen and seventeen year-old youth in Sunday School and I count it a blessing each Sunday to stand before them and strive to help them feel the Spirit. I try to set a Christ-like example in my daily life. By doing this, I hope that in a small way the world is a better place.