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Hi I'm Richard

I am a special education teacher, a basketball coach, a father, a husband, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 3 beautiful, spunky girls. I have a wife who floats my boat and rocks my world. I teach high school special education and coach basketball. I am a yoga instructor and an individual and family therapist. I love the outdoors - hiking, cycling, mountain biking, camping, and snowboarding. Life is lots of fun, but only if you work hard at it!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS Church, but went through a stage of searching for myself if what I had been taught was actually true. I wandered and visited lots of different churches and religions with friends of mine over the course of about two years. Finally, after a profound spiritual experience while living in the wilderness of Arizona for just under 8 weeks, I knew what I believed and that I had actually been taught the truth by my patient and loving parents. Since that time, just over 15 years ago, I have not wavered or questioned my faith.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one day at a time. There is so much to be done and so many things to distract me. So, I strive to serve others, be a good neighbor, and show openness and respect to everyone I encounter. Formally, I am serving as a missionary for my congregation and go visit folks with the full-time missionaries. In this capacity, I get a chance to teach other people about my beliefs and the teachings of Christ. It is so much fun to talk about religion. Seriously!

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God and Jesus Christ, his son. We do believe that Joseph Smith was instrumental in restoring the true Church of Jesus Christ to the earth, however, and we revere and respect him for his great work and role in establishing and founding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and like all prophets throughout time, pointed people toward the worship of Jesus Christ and God. Show more Show less