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Hi I'm Richard Spray

I'm a Mormon. I have spent most of my life in Phoenix, AZ. I am a creative person who loves knowledge.

About Me

I am first and foremost a father of three. I work in a hospital and love assisting others in their medical care, but more than anything I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have been a member for about eight years and have enjoyed the transition of life without the gospel and to a life with it. In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis, watching college or pro-football, and studying the scripures. Most often you will find me at home with my family, watching movies, playing games or listening to music with my wife and kids. I enjoy quiet, simple things, and relish in the time I get to spend growing as a father and a husband. Like many young fathers I know, I am looking forward to establishing and providing for my family by studying to obtain my MBA in healthcare management. I am hoping to have completed this in the next 2-3 years. I am excited about the future. I feel I am very blessed to have a wonderful wife and three beautiful children. I always enjoy the opportunity to get to know people and that includes getting to know continuously my own family. Through my job and my education I have been able to learn so much about others. I feel our associations can potentially teach us so much more than maybe we realize. Having grown up in both the States and in England I have experienced this first hand. I have been richly blessed by God to have the life I do.

Why I am a Mormon

I have never known the Savior the way that I know Him now. I owe that to my membership in the church, because though we have a Prophet, Jesus Christ is the center of all that we are as a people. I am a Mormon because I have felt the confirming witness from God that who I am as a Mormon, both as a member and as a man is because He has helped me become that; but thankfully I continue to grow and learn under the guidance of Heavenly Father. I am a Mormon because we believe that the family is the nucleus of Heaven. I am a Mormon because the leadership believe in the power of agency. We are blessed to have an atonement made for us and we are also encouraged to live what we believe. I joined the church at 25 and my life has become forever changed. I joined the church because I sought, I prayed, and I tested the truth. It is real. As a Christian, as a Mormon, I have come to know God is real, His Son Jesus Christ is real, and this church is real. It belongs to Him, and we are privileged to have it on the earth again. I am a Mormon, because I can help my family, and the whole world know that this is true. That we are His children; that He made us in His image, and that He is a part of us. We possess His potential, not to be greater than Him, that is not possible, but to be like Him. I am a Mormon because like a loving parent God has revealed through His Prophet Joseph Smith that we are supposed to have all that He has; a perfect love, a perfect knowledge, and a perfect capacity to be the best of ourselves at all times. All He wants is for us to be happy and now because the Heavens are still open we can be. We are to come home to Him. Through His gospel and church we can.

How I live my faith

In the church we are asked to serve. That means to love and bless our community; sometimes that means just offering to assist a neighbor with yardwork. In the church we are asked to accept callings which means an assignment. We are a lay ministry; not paid, but we feel that when we are asked to serve it is not a Bishop or any other leader that is asking; it is God Himself. I like to spend time working with the community in service projects and in doing what ever we can to help a community feel more like a community. I have also had assignments in the young men's program with scouting and have seen the joy of a young man realizing the effect he can have in his communiy; and to be a part of that is a great blessing. I am now asked to serve in what is considered the adult male's organization of our church. I am a leader in that organization and the greatest blessing of that is to get to know families; to be there to help them through many of the same struggles all of us are having, regardless of religion or anything else. Just recently I was able to visit a woman who has about every physical ailment you can imagine. Just last week she finally had enough strength to come to church. I watched a woman who will never have children hold a 3 month old with the same love and devotion a mother would. She had a smile on her face that had more hope than anyone I had ever seen. I get to serve and witness that first hand. Had I not gotten to know this woman, that moment would not have meant the same. God has asked her to be faithful and she is. I get to serve her and I would do so one hundred times over to know this woman and the example she is to all of us. All I have really done for her is talk to her and bring her dinner, but she has done so much more for all of us.