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Hi I'm Ricky

I am a native of Phoenix, AZ. I am a police officer for the City of Phoenix, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a married father of 4 boys, whose ages range from college age to elementary school. My wife Paula and I have been married for over 21 years. We live in a modest home and enjoy spending a lot of time together. She is a wonderful wife and companion. I am a Police officer of over 17 years for City of Phoenix as a motorcycle officer; It is a great job that I really enjoy doing. Being a public servant is really rewarding and has been a great career. I enjoy camping, hiking, running, exercising, playing golf, and going fishing with my boys. My life revolves around my wife and kids, with whom I thoroughly enjoy speeding my time.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not raised in the church, in fact, my mother was a partially active Jehovah's Witness, and my father was a non-practicing Baptist. I joined the church when I was 12 years old when Sister Missionaries came to my home and offered me the missionary discussions. My sister took the discussions with me and we converted together. Unfortunately, neither of us remained involved in the church at first; without family support it was difficult to stay involved. I left the church and did not return until my 16th year, but with the help of LDS friends, I found my way back. I remained active in the church and went as far as going on a mission to Louisiana when I turned 19 years old. Shortly after returning I married my wife and started our family. I have a strong testimony of the Savior and His gospel. It gives me hope, and living by His commandments brings me great happiness. I truly believe that Jesus Christ lives today, and I believe He knows and cares for me as friend. My testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints being Christ church is as strong as my belief in Him. He has called in our day Prophets and Apostles, and I know the Thomas S. Monson is His prophet today. I have read and studied the scriptures, including the Book of Mormon, and I believe it to be the word of God. It is not a re-write of the Bible; on the contrary, it is another testament of Jesus Christ. I love using both the Book of Mormon and the Bible together to strengthen my love and testimony of the Savior. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been a great blessing to my family. It helps us to be focused on those things in life that matter the most. Happiness comes to our family by attempting to live in a manner we feel God and His Son Jesus Christ approves of. We all make mistakes and fall, but the atonement of the Savior makes it possible to bounce back and even improve. The church is truly a blessing in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith primarily by staying active in it. I stay involved with the youth of the church, especially in Boy Scout. The church strongly endorses the Boy Scouts of America; in fact, two of my oldest sons are Eagle Scouts, and I have another son just about ready to earn his. I love the programs of the church, especially for the kids. They are taught so much about living good lives. The church provides me with so many opportunities to serve others, especially in our community. When a need arises and we as members are made aware of it, we like to get involved and be of assistance. I also have the opportunity to help members of the church on a regular basis. My 14 year old son and I serve together as what are called, Home teachers. We are assigned to certain families or individuals, and it is our pleasure to see to their needs if something arises. We visit them regularly on a monthly basis, share a thought with them, and check on their welfare. I really gives my son a chance to learn how to help others. I am no different than anyone else; I take care of my family, I work, I play, and I practice my religion. I do what I can to live each day the same, whether it is Sunday or Wednesday. I don't change who I am simply because Sunday has past, or because I come in contact with someone outside my faith. In fact, two of my closes friends are not LDS, but we have a great time with each other everyday. One other way I live my faith is simply by living my religion. Trying to treat all people equally and hopefully the way Christ would. I learn about Him through reading the scriptures and other publications. I share what I learn with my family, and I do what I can to help strengthen their faith also. I often get asked a lot of questions by others about the church and what I believe, so reading and studying helps me be prepared for those questions.