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Hi I'm Rich

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Dutch-Indonesian mix first generation American born in West Covina California and an identical twin. I graduated from BYU and WSU—A blue and red cougar respectively. I have worked in Supply Chain and Project Management for a large aerospace company. I love to do recreational fitness activities such as ultimate Frisbee, as well as swim, bike, and run. I am training to do triathlons having completed 70.3 Tri/Half Ironman and focusing on swimming which is my weak link of the three. I want to finish an Ironman someday (: I am naturally a systems thinker—seeing the integrated big picture, finding the core problem, and coming up with innovative leverage point solutions. This is what I am researching with both theories as well as applications in my Doctoral Studies at Walden University to ever strive to be a scholar-practitioner.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ has the solutions to life’s problems. It gives me a holistic perspective of the purpose of life and desire to live Heavenly Fathers Plan of Happiness which he has provided for all of his Children. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the way to live life (John 14:6) providing peace and rest of mind (Matthew 11:28-30). Although none of us except Jesus Christ is perfect, I know this especially true of myself, as I exercise faith, repent, and strive to act in the right way and choose the good, I flourish from the spirit as a member of His church, restored on the earth these latter days. I have prayed and tasted of its goodness and know the fruits to be true. This experiment was supported by the manifestation of the spirit as I read and prayed and got my warm peaceful answer that the Book of Mormon is true and confirmed Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God and Jesus Christ’s Church has been restored on the earth through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The spirit reconfirms this to me as I pray to my Heavenly Father and seek to draw close to His Son Jesus Christ by studying His word, hearing His word, and doing His word.

How I live my faith

As “all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things” (2 Nephi 2:24), it is therefore comforting to know that we can have the spirit of the Holy Ghost and the words of Christ to tell us all things that we should do (2 Nephi 32: 3-5). This promise is given as we thus act on receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and diligently feast upon the words of Christ. “Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves” (2 Nephi 10:23). As we so do, acting and choosing the good, we flourish as members of His Church restored on the earth in these latter days. Our testimonies grow from the beginnings like a small seed, and then develop deep strong roots, thereby expanding to a tree wherewith we come to know the goodness and partake of the fruits of the gospel (see Alma 32). With this abundance of life and charity, we should desire to extend invitations to our brothers and sisters so they too can experience this joy. Others may be curious about what they see in our actions and will notice us by our fruits and having His image in our countenances and will want to know what makes us different. The change of our natures striving for the divine comes from the Gospel of Jesus Christ: entering through faith in Christ, repentance, fellowship, accepting invitation to participate in the missionary lessons to pray, study, have questions answered, and know of truthfulness, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, renewing our covenants weekly by partaking of the sacrament, sanctification, ultimately receiving and striving to keep temple covenants, and enduring to the end feasting up the words of Christ (see 2 Nephi 31; 3 Nephi 27:20; D&C 50:14).