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Hi I'm Richard

I am a Mormon, the oldest of eight children who grew up near San Diego, CA. I served a mission for 2 1/2 years in Norway.

About Me

I come from a long line of Mormons going back to the 1860's with ancestors from Sweden and Scotland. I've done a lot of genealogy and learned many great things about those who are in my family tree. My 7 siblings and I grew up in La Mesa, California - 7 boys and one girl. Several of us served missions for the church to Norway, New York, Japan and California. I met my future wife at a church basketball game and we married in 1970. Our son and his family live near us in Washington State. My career has been in life insurance since 1975 - a noble profession I enjoy very much.

Why I am a Mormon

My father and mother were wonderful parents and good examples of loyalty, fidelity, faith, patriotism and unbounded love for the Savior. I had other terrific role models, friends and teachers who were successful in keeping me from getting into trouble or doing anything that would cause me to lose sight of the blessings and promises my Heavenly Father has given me. It hasn't always been the easiest journey but well worth the effort. I have never doubted my faith or stayed away from church yet I have been close to friends who are actively following other religions and learned much from them. The promises of eternal life with my family by living the gospel teachings and participating at the LDS temple are the reasons why I remain an active Mormon.

How I live my faith

Members of the Mormon church are actively involved in many ways. I have been a Scoutmaster three times and helped 18 boys reach the rank of Eagle. I've taught Sunday school to toddlers, teenagers and adults. I've been a missionary in a foreign country, Norway, and learned that language. From time to time I have been a leader of the organization for young men as well as quorums and groups of adult men. My wife and I served as Directors of a Mormon Family History Center for five years while keeping our full time jobs going. For over fifty years I have been visiting 3 or 4 families a month, by assignment, to teach the gospel and help them with everything from yard work to painting to tending the sick. I have met with and chatted with the Prophet and President of the Mormon Church. It feels good to help others and see the joy in their eyes when they realize they have friends they can count on for almost anyting at any time. In the professional world where I meet and work with hundreds of people every year, almost all know that I am a Mormon after we have communicated for a very short time.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Families are important to just about everyone because that is the ideal setting for learning, growing, loving and having experiences that prepared us for life. In our families we share joys and sorrows, health and sickness, happiness and sadness, new life and death. We also teach one another, forgive one another and learn to love unconditionally. The family is the central unit of society and part of God's plan for His children. We believe we existed before we came into mortality and that we will exist after death. We believe that we can live with our families forever. We seek to know our roots, our ancestors and their families. That's why we do family history research and why we build temples all over the world; to bring families together with the promise of living as families for eternity. Show more Show less