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Hi I'm Richard

I grew up in Baton Rouge, LA and currently live in Gilbert, AZ. I'm a corporate trainer by profession and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of two adult children and step-father to two others. My wife and I are empty-nesters and have been married for over 30 years. We have nine grandchildren between us and enjoy travelling when our schedules permit. My wife recently retired from teaching and now spends a great deal of her time spoiling our grandchildren. I manage a training department for a major Fortune 500 company based in the Phoenix metropolitan area and recently completed graduate studies in Education at the age of 50. In my spare time I enjoy photography, working around my house, numismatics or coin collecting, exploring my family history, and consider myself to be a real movie buff. Trivia is also a particular passion of mine. I have a head full of useless information and don't mind sharing it with anyone I happen to meet. I'm a published author and very active in my profession.

Why I am a Mormon

I am one of three children. My siblings and I were raised in a single parent household from the time we were very young. With no spousal support or formal education to fall back on, my mother worked nearly 70-hours per week as a waitress, just to provide food and shelter for our family. In spite of the hardship's my mother never neglected the education of her children. That education included a strong religious foundation. I remember my mother taking us to church as a young boy. She would often be so tired that she would fall asleep in church meetings. However, we were in church, as a family, every Sunday without fail. Ours was not the "typical" Mormon family. It would take several years before I realized that the "typical" family was not necessarily a mom and a dad with an over abundance of children. No, the "typical" Mormon family was simply one whose members loved one another, had faith in a kind and loving Heavenly Father, and believed that families could be eternal. This is the foundation for why I'm a Mormon -- family! Many people have heard stories about the Mormon Pioneers and their struggles to survive. My wife's family are descended from the vanguard company of Pioneers that entered the Great Salt Lake valley in 1847. But in my life, my mother was the pioneer. She was raised a Lutheran and converted to Mormonism at the age of 26. From the first time she heard the restored gospel of Jesus Christ taught to her, she believed it to be true. She raised three children in the faith and taught us that in spite of the fact that our family was fractured, we could be an eternal family. Because of her example in my life and the testimony she instilled in me, I can say without reservation that I believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. I believe that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all mankind may be saved. I believe that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may know the truth of all things.

How I live my faith

Although I currently serve as executive secretary to the Bishop of our Ward (congregation), I have typically been called on to teach in the church. I consider it a holy calling to teach in any capacity the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I strive to follow in the footsteps of the Master and teach with love and compassion. In my secular job as a corporate training manager, I strive to live my religion in word and in deed. I have served in the community as a member of planning committees for our local school board and was a gubernatorial appointee to a state regulatory council dealing with mentally impaired offenders. I have been a Little League coach, a soccer coach, and supported the arts as a patron. I love my life. I love my faith. I love the Lord, Jesus Christ for he is my redeemer and my advocate with the Father. Through him I can gain eternal life.