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Hi I'm Rick

I work in health care and became involved with the Church in my late teens. I love the Lord and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for 34 years and have 5 children and 5 grandchildren. I work in health care as a consultant helping my clients with their business strategy and operations. Through my work, I have traveled extensively across the United States and a little overseas. I served a mission for the Church in Switzerland and France.

Why I am a Mormon

I spent the first part of my life studying hard science. To me, if wasn't measurable or perceptible with the five senses, it couldn't be real. I was also very involved in community and school and held many leadership positions. By all outward measures, my life was very successful and I was on a perfect path. Yet, I felt something very important was missing. I didn't know what it was, but something in my life was not complete. A close friend told me about the Church and suggested I study it with the same rigor I used in science. I read the book of Mormon and listened to the missionaries. I thought it was a nice enough story but since there was no hard data there was no way it could be proved or disproved. Another friend at the University pointed out that I was not following a sound protocol in my investigation. I would never study physics using music theory and so if I wanted to know the truth of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon and all that comes with it I would have to do it by the standards set by the Book of Mormon itself. I spent hours reading and praying over the Book of Mormon and thinking very critically about Joseph Smith seeing Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I came to realize that there was another source of truth besides the senses. Just as beautiful music or art can be "true" because it resonates with our spirits, I came to know that Heavenly Father did visit Joseph to restore the full gospel to the earth. I learned first hand from the Holy Ghost that Heavenly Father loves each of His Children and wants all of us to return to Him. I learned that the scriptures and modern revelation to a living prophet are His means of showing us the way to eternal joy. I learned that through priesthood power restored to the earth by heavenly messengers we can receive all the ordinances necessary to return to Him with our families intact and together forever. I learned that the mission of Jesus Christ is to heal our hearts and to purify our lives.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in all aspects of my life. My Church life includes service to those in my congregation and those around me. I have opportunities to teach the gospel and share my witness of the tremendous blessings of Jesus Christ's mission to redeem us all. My professional life is based on honesty and integrity in my dealings with others. I always try to act as I think the Lord would act. My social life is rich and full because I have built my interactions on the principles of happiness and joy taught by the gospel. My heart is saddened to see so much unhappiness and unrest in the world. As part of my faith, I try to lift and build wherever I go. I try to help others recognize that the Lord wants them to feel peace both in this life and the next. I try to help others see that a life built on the foundation of the gospel of Jesus Christ is both rich and joyful regardless of trials and circumstances. This isn't naive; life can present very difficult challenges, pain and sorrow. However, knowing that I am a child of God and that He has prepared a way for me to face any challenge and triumph over it provides a sense of strength and serenity. I know that He will not allow anything to happen that exceeds my ability as long as I remain close to Him and the comfort of His Spirit. I live my faith by acknowledging that one of Heavenly Father's greatest gifts is the right to choose for ourselves. Sometimes I make mistakes. Sometimes others make mistakes. Sometimes people choose to act in horrible ways. Applying all of the teachings and tools of the gospel makes it possible, though sometimes difficult, to move through the consequences of those choices and still enjoy a life of peace, happiness and joy. I live my faith by creating with my wife and children Heaven in our home. We read the scriptures together, pray together and serve together. We hold a weekly family time built around learning the gospel and having fun activities.