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Hi I'm Richard.

I am a retired professional Army officer, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I enlisted in the Army during World War II and received an appointment to the United States Military Academy in !943. I graduated in1946, married, and was then sent to Ft. Sill, Okla. to be trained as an artillery officer. During the next 29 years, I served not only in the USA but also in Germany, Korea, Vietnam, and Belgium. I am a graduate of the the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. I commanded artillery units of all sizes to include an Artillery Group consisting of four battalions and their support elements. I also served as a staff officer at all organizational levels to include the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, and NATO. At one time, I was an instructor at the Artillery School; years later I became the head of the Artillery School's Department of Tactics and Combined Arms. Midway during my military career, and after attending the University of Heidelberg in Germany for one year, I served as an associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at the United States Military Academy for three years. My wife and I have been married for 65 years. We have two children, a girl and a boy, nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren, with more on the way. I enjoy reading, walking, traveling, and playing golf. I am ever hopeful that Army's football team will beat Navy's soon!

Why I am a Mormon

Six months prior to retirement, I began to think about life and its meaning. I wondered if my 33 years service in the Army had made any significant contribution to my family, friends, or country. Did I have any real worth? What would I do after retirement? Where would my wife and I go? The answers alluded me. Then one night after I went to bed and while asleep, I heard a voice communicating to me telepathically through a totally dark void. The voice twice recited to me a short poem in German, and then asked me to recite back what I had heard. I did so, telepathically, and then the voice told me to awake and write down what I had heard. I awakened immediately, told my wife what had happened, and recorded the poem on paper. The essence of the poem is as follows: "There are those that are alive, but dead. And there are those that are dead, but alive. It is a pity that those who are alive, but dead, don't know it." Initially, the poem had no meaning for me. But after several weeks thinking about it, I decided that the poem was telling me there is a spiritual as well as a temporal side to life, and of the two sides, the spiritual side is the most important. I realized I had focused my whole life on temporal or material things ( I had never believed in religion), and those things had not made me happy. At that point I decided there may be something to the spiritual or religious side of life. I then made up my mind the next time someone approached me about their religion, I would study diligently its doctrines and decide If I believed them. Two weeks after I retired, the doorbell rang and I answered the door. There stood two missionaries. I told them I wanted to hear what they had to say and invited them to come in. After three months of intense study, I knew the doctrines of the church are true and was baptized. I found the key to happiness; I know who I am, why I am hear (on earth), and where I am going. .

How I live my faith

I live my faith by using the talents and gifts God has given me to serve Him to the best of my ability. Knowing that our Father in Heaven loves us and wants all of His children to know about His gospel of love and how to be happy, it is my responsibility to share that knowledge with others and to practice what I preach by willingly rendering service to others in any way I can. Since joining the church, it has been my privilege to serve in administrative, leadership, and teaching positions and to use the authority of the priesthood I hold to bless the lives of members and non-members alike. The Lord has called my wife and I to serve in temples most of our 35 years in the church, three of them in the United States, and two during missions to Switzerland and Australia. Christ manifested His love for us through His service; He taught the true gospel; He healed the sick; He comforted the poor and downcast; He responded to all in need; finally, He gave His life for us that we might have eternal life. I have also tried to remember that, and as imperfect as I am, try through my faith to draw closer to Him.