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Hi I'm Rick

I am a father, a devoted husband, and a pediatric eye doctor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to my college sweetheart and we just celebrated 10 years together. We have 4 kids and are currently planning our first trip to Disneyland. We love to travel and recently returned from hiking, surfing and rafting through Costa Rica. I am happiest barbecuing with my family and relaxing in the backyard, though a bike ride through the mountains is pretty nice too. I grew up in small-town southern Utah. I spent a year after high school doing biotech research in Washington DC and then served a mission to the people of Kentucky and Ohio for two years. It was a fantastic experience. I then met my wife at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and finished my bachelor's degree. We moved to Ohio for medical school and loved living in the Midwest. When I saw my first pediatric eye surgery I thought it was the most amazing procedure ever, and I knew I wanted to do that for the rest of my life. I still feel that way and feel lucky to be able to help kids with eye problems. We stayed in the Midwest for residency and fellowship training before settling down in the Pacific Northwest.

Why I am a Mormon

Following high school I spent a year in Washington DC. Being alone in a city of millions gave me a lot of free time. I spent hours studying and pondering the Bible and the Book of Mormon and I came to love the scriptures. I wanted to know if my life had a purpose--a deeper meaning. I felt that God answered my prayers, affirmed that my life was important to his plan and gave me great hope for the future. I learned in those moments of prayer that to be like the Savior, I needed to live like him. Shortly after that experience I served a full-time mission and tasted of the sweet joy that comes from selfless service. As a Mormon, I get the chance to serve others every week. I am able to forget my own selfish needs on focus on others. I have loved being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Over the last few years I have helped organize events for the young singles in our city. I planned Wii parties, water park outings, camping trips, service projects, and lots of chances to have fun and meet people. This was not easy to balance with my medical training and family responsibilities, but it has been worth it. I also traveled to different congregations and spoke at meetings, sharing my love for the scriptures and for Jesus Christ. My wife and I also like to invite someone new over to our home each week for dinner. This has been fun, especially since we are new in the Pacific Northwest. My hope is that by demonstrating service to my children, they will learn to know that life's most precious treasures are won by serving others.