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Hi I'm Rick

I grew up in beautiful Oregon, USA. I became a lawyer for 28 years and raised 6 kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always loved the outdoors, especially the forests and mountains. I go there as much as I can, whether to picnic, camp, hike, fish, hunt, or simply sit by a stream or lie in a hammock, or perhaps to watch as much wildlife as I can find, and sometimes just to drive on a lonely forest mountain road. I have played sports since I was a little child, and still enjoy participating as I am getting older. I read more and more as I get older; and I cannot pass up a good movie (and some not so good!). I write poetry and letters and sometimes comments about almost anything that I am thinking about, or what others are discussing. I am endlessly fascinated by little children, teenagers, young adults, middle-aged, elderly -- I suppose that basically includes simply "people". Yet I am equally fascinated by Mother Nature, being left speechless by her wonders almost daily. And I must not exclude the fantastic information that unfolds daily about our spacious universe and its unbelievable workings to ponder. I am continually saddened by the conditions of the world's peoples, despite our fantastic inventions and achievements, our technological progress and our abilities. I have worked and lived in several environments, and dealt with people of numerous backgrounds, yet the more differences I encounter the more similar we all seem. I doubt that if I traveled the world that this would change much, as I have read and viewed much of what is in the world and the peoples spread upon it.

Why I am a Mormon

I did start attending the Mormon Church as a young child, with only one parent having had experience there in earlier years, but believing it was a wholesome place for kids to experience a religion. I also visited nearly all of the churches in my hometown before I finished high school. Mormons were a small fraction of the population in that town and in my schools. The biggest thing that kept me going through my youth years was that the Mormon religion could answer the vast majority of my questions, and believe me I was full of them -- and for that matter, I have always continued to have more and more questions. In addition, the freedom to ask the questions made a considerable difference, as was the invitation to find out answers for myself, through personal study, reflection, pondering, and prayer. Those answers came, at least enough of them to keep me going and to resolve major issues, including where I came from before I was born, why I was here on earth, and where I might be going after leaving this earth. Then there came additional convictions from simply trying to live the gospel principles as taught in the LDS Church, which proved to be rather compelling when I compared these to what is reflected in the New Testament, particularly what is found there to be the direct teachings of Jesus Christ. The more I studied the religions of the world, and after visiting most of the Christian denominations of America, I became more and more convinced that what I had discovered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ was 'truth' to me. And the LDS Church 'fit' the closest to that 'truth' of any organized religion in the world. So my personal religion was and continues to be most closely paralleled by the Mormon Church's teachings, which is then the 'most true' of any church on earth. I have found this to be verified in numerous ways, means, experiences, and most importantly by personal spiritual witness through the Holy Ghost -- ever confirming that Jesus Christ is my Savior.

How I live my faith

Over many years I have tried to exemplify the teachings of Jesus in my daily life, although always needing to improve. As a part of this effort, I have chosen to participate in the organizations of the LDS Church, including working with children, youth, and adults. I have taught classes on Sundays and other days of the week. I have been a youth leader, organizing wholesome activities for teen-agers and training them for the challenges of growing up and entering the adult world. I have served in administrative positions in Church organizations, helping the worship experiences of the members and visitors to be a worthwhile experience. I have regularly visited the homes of the poor, the sick, the needy and the afflicted, attempting to give whatever help I was able to provide. I have also visited the homes of those who are perhaps not so needy in terms of health or finances, but who have the regular trials and vicissitudes of life, trying to simply be a friend and good neighbor, and brother in the Gospel and family of God, as well as to offer whatever expertise, talent, and/or other helping hand that I could to match their needs as they arose. This is and has been a basic tenet of my faith, as I understood it from the teachings of Jesus -- but also, as a basic understanding of why I am here on earth during this mortal existence. I try to be the same person, whether at home, at work, at school, at church, in public, in private, in recreation, in training, in politics, in professional life, in casual life, in my neighborhood, in travels, in foreign places, in another person's home -- wherever I may be and whatever I may be doing. Who I really am is reflected in my religious practices, not vice versa. My daily life should be a reflection of my religious beliefs. Perhaps my life is the only "New Testament" that some people will ever 'read'. Perhaps my life is the only exposure to "Mormonism" that some people will ever experience. Living what I believe is showing my faith.