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Hi I'm Richard Madison Black!

I'm a husband, a nursery worker, an ASU student, my wife says I need to have more fun (silly wife) and I'm a Mormon. 😊

About Me

I have four sisters and two brothers, and one brother in heaven. I went to Mountain View High School all four years and graduated in 2013. Go torros! 😊 I love to sing! In High School, I performed in three musicals: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Curtains, and The Mikado. I also played in the orchestra and took advanced classes. My favorite subject was chemistry because it made everyday things become infinitely more interesting. I pole vaulted on the high school track team, and it was so fun. I played ultimate frisbee in between everything, usually twice a week.. but that really wasn't enough, just couldn't get enough of that ultimate frizbee. 😊 I also love to camp and hike in the mountains, they are so beautiful to me. Sitting and listening to nature is really relaxing for me. I would go with my Grandpa Kato Haws all the time, and I loved talking to him and he would teach everything he knew about nature. I am now happily married and I love my wife with all my heart. ❤ Her name is Heidi Marie Black. We were married in the Gilbert Arizona Temple on May 25th, 2017. We live in a basement apartment where my brother and his wife used to live, so the Blacks still live there - you could say. We love to cook, watch movies, organize the apartment and read/study The Book of Mormon together. We are nursery workers in our ward and we love those cute kids so much! They teach us how to be "like a child" weekly and greatly inspire us to be more humble, Christlike and teachable - as they are.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. I grew up with it and was baptized when I was eight. Now, the gospel of the LDS church answers all my questions like "where did we come from," "Is there really a supreme being," "What is the purpose of the earth and the people on it," and so on.The true gospel, laid out in the inspired works ( Holy Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price) gives direct answers to these questions. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world.

How I live my faith

Serving in the church is an ongoing thing, as I get older my responsibilities in the Church change - including and especially my priesthood duties and keys that I hold. The responsibilities change, but I always serve. I even served when I was just a teenager! When I was fifteen I served as Teacher's Quorum President, the equivalent of a scout team leader for 14-15 year old boys. I learned a lot from being in that leadership position. My responsibility was to plan youth activities and scout adventures such as a Wednesday career night or a Fri.-Sat. camp out. I also would visit families and teach them short lessons. Now I have a responsibility to strengthen quorum brotherhood and to invite others in the church, along with those who are not of our faith, to come be a part of the activities and services we provide here in the Church. I still home teach families as part of my responsibility. I searved a mission for two years in the South Dakota Rapid City Mission, and while I was serving my mission, the name of the mission changed to be the North Dakota Bismark Mission. I served from 2014-2016, and returned home to meet a new sister in law, and a new baby niece! It is hard to serve a mission and miss weddings and births in the family, but I am grateful that those sacrifices are now blessings in my life. I met my wife the same year I married her, February 12th. Our first date was Valentine's Day, and the rest is history. 😊 I love that silly, beautiful, spiritual girl with my entire soul. I am do grateful for temples and that Heidi and I can be sealed for time and all eternity. We attend church each Sunday, as part of incorporating our faith into our lives. Whenever possible, we attend the temple to keep ourselves close to the Lord. There is a beautiful spirit in the temple that we cannocannot find anywhere else on earth or in our daily lives. We do our best to keep our own home in sync with that same spirit by what we choose to watch on TV, listen to for music, etc...

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Richard Madison Black!
In 1 Corinthians 15:29, we learn that baptisms for the dead was a practice in Christ's church as it was originally organized. As the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the restored church and the organization is exactly the same, this practice is in use today as a continuation of the work that Christ began. Baptism for the dead creates an opportunity for those who have not had the opportunity to be baptized by true authority on the earth to accept the gospel in the afterlife. Baptism for the dead is by proxy and in the practice no dead person's remains are disturbed, only the names of the deceased are used. A precise record of the deceased who have been baptized is kept. It is also done in the presence of three witnesses as many customs in the Old and New testament were. Show more Show less