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Hi I'm Dick Pickett

I'm a Mormon. I was a convert at the age of 20. It has provided direction in my life since that time.

About Me

I am the Executive Director of the Northeast East Central Colorado Small Business Development Center. I also am an Adjunct Professor at the University of Northern Colorado teaching a senior class in Business Consulting. In my position I get to interface with all different types of small businesses. My job is to help them in any way I can to help them reach their full potential. In addition I have the opportunity to interact with many leaders, in business and the community throughout the northeast and east central part of Colorado. I enjoy the outdoors, biking and running. I have been a runner for thirty five years and just enjoy the feeling I get at the end of each work out. I have been married 42 years, have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. I love my wife and my family. Every Summer we get our entire family together for family vacation and look forward to the time we spend together. My wife and I enjoy taking cruises in the carribean and try to do this at least every other year.

Why I am a Mormon

As mentioned I am a convert to the church I joined when I was 20 years old. I grew up going to church and when the time came for me and my friends to become offical members at the age of 12, my friends joined but I did not. I could not get all of my questions about who I am, why I was here, and where do we go after this life answered to my satisfaction. At the age of 14 I attended an all boy Episcopal Boarding School about 7 hours from my home. I was at the school for four years until I graduated. During those four years, we were required to take religion courses once a week explaining the beliefs of the Episcopal Faith and we also attended church five days per week . During this time I became very good friends with the Pastor. However I still was not satisfied with answers to my questions. So I remained a member of no church. After graduation I attended the University of Massachusetts not paying much attention to religion my freshman year. However in my second year I met a member of the church. I had never even heard of the Mormon Religion at that time. But I was introduced to the missionaries and three months later was baptised a member of the church. As soon as I heard the Story of Joseph Smith I knew that it was true. I just knew it. That was almost 43 years ago. As time has progressed and I have had the opportunity to study and learn more about the gospel, to have the opportunity to serve in various capacities in the church, to be married to my wife in the temple and know that means we have an opportunity to be together for eternity with our family, and to have the Lord answer my prayers and bless me and my family over and over again, I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ as described in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price is absolutely true. I know that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ and that he was an instrument in the hands of God to restore all of his Gospel to the Earth.

How I live my faith

Over the 43 years I have been a member, I have had the opportunity to serve in many capacities. Many of those in Leadership. This has given me the opportunity to assist many people with their lives and some of the challenges they face. In many of my capacities I have worked with the Youth in the Church. In some of those capacities I have been able to help some obtain their Eagle Scout Ranks. I have helped others learn more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One of the biggest blessings in service is to see others overcome issues and become happy. Through my years in the church I have had the opportunity to serve families every month. In some circumstances I have watched over families for 14 plus years. This allows strong relationships to form, and have an opportunity to watch the children of the family grow and mature into adults. With these opportunities I have felt like an extended member of those families. With all that Heavenly Father has done for me personally, I feel it a privilege to serve him by serving his other children in any way I can. Finally I try to live my faith where ever I am and whatever I am doing.