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Hi I'm Rick

I love my wife and 6 kids, guitars, solving problems through technology, discovering truth via travel and books, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father to 6, husband to 1, son to 2, brother to 7, and uncle to 42. I enjoy playing guitar and piano, and teaching my kids to love music. When I travel I like to get lost and discover what serendipity has in store. I'm a dangerous board game player, and inherited a healthy competitive edge from family game nights growing up. I love to teach, because it gives me an excuse to study and seek out truth. Any good search for truth starts with a good question. I love to pull at the threads of things I'm unsure of and then follow that thread wherever it takes me. I work in the Information Technology field as a Systems Engineer. It is a career I enjoy because it allows me to problem solve, and develop solutions that leverage technology. I am creative in the kitchen, and like to invent tasty concoctions based on whatever I can find in the pantry and fridge.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know through personal experience that my Heavenly Father knows me intimately, and loves me enough that he sent his son Jesus Christ to atone for my sins. One such experience happened to me as a young man when I was hiking through Northern France by myself and got lost along the trails near the cliffs of Normandy. As I hiked, I got quite lonely and somewhat depressed and wondered in my heart if my Father in Heaven was even aware of me. Earlier in my travels I had come acrossed a painting that struck me of a mother and daughter walking through a field of bright red corn poppies. I was mesmerized by it, something about it really resonated with me. Back on the hike the sun had started to set, and I wondered again if God knew about me, cared about me. At that moment I rounded a bend in the trail, and it opened up to a huge field of brilliant red corn poppies, the light of the setting sun dancing across the field. Falling to my knees I thanked my Father in Heaven for that simple gesture letting me know He was there, and knew of me, loved me. I am also, a Mormon because of the example my mother and father have set for me. They lived the gospel of Jesus Christ, it was part of the fabric of their beings. Quiet lessons, that as I child I took for granted, I have looked back on as a parent myself for guidance. When my father passed away 2 years ago from cancer, I had a lot of time to reflect on his life. Such an amazing unassuming man. A man who loved his family, and worked hard and played hard with his kids. A man who gave of his time and talents to others. A man who tried his best to follow in Christ's footsteps, not so much with words, but with who he was. One of the beautiful doctrines of Mormonism is the knowledge that our families can be together beyond this short earthly existence. I'll be with my dad again some day, and with my family as well after this life. That and many other experience are why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by sharing my love of the gospel with others. I love to teach the gospel, especially because to teach you need to study first. Studying the gospel has helped me gain an intimate knowledge that God keeps his promises with his children. He keeps his promises with me too. I often see my self as the scriptures would say "an unprofitable servant". Because of this I feel a debt to my Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ to do all I can to build the Kingdom of God here on the earth.