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Hi I'm Ricardo

I was born in Argentina, but for the last 32 years I have called Australia home. I'm a husband,father, a painter and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I love Australia and consider it both a blessing and a rare honour to be living in this land of plenty. I arrived in Sydney in 1979 with my parents and my younger sister. As many other migrants from South America who spoke only Spanish, we thought that to learn English would be easy. However it wasn't so. I discovered that before I could speak fluently in English I had to learn to think in English and that was a lot harder than I first anticipated. Although the life of a immigrant is not an easy one I found that Aussies were very generous and patient with us, we were foreigners in a new land but the community recieved us with open arms and made us feel welcomed. I have never forgotten that. After finishing High School in Granville (Western Sydney) I took a painter's apprenticeship and I have worked in many areas of the Building industry for most of my adult life. In the mid 80's I took sign writing night classes at TAFE and after 3 years I found myself working in inner Sydney painting murals and real state signs. When my wife and I moved to Queensland 15 years ago I became a sole trader and sub contractor working on murals and painted finishes. My artistic mural work have found me working around Australia and overseas.I have worked in all the mayor theme parks in the Gold Coast as well as London, Singapore and Fiji. Two highlights have been working in some of the props used in the Sydney 2000 Olympic games and my gold leaf work in the Mormon Temple in Kangaroo Pt, Brisbane

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in 1961 and grow up in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. I lived in a Christian community but by the time I was 13yrs old I felt that the traditional Church was for old ladies and children and had no relevance in my life. I attended Mass from time to time and asked lots of questions of my local parish priest but I was not happy with the answers I received. Around that time a neighbour gave my mother a Bible and we started reading it. The more we read the more differences we found between what I was taught as a child and what Jesus had taught in the Bible. At age 15, I attended an Easter pageant produced by the local youth group and acted out around the streets of my neighbourhood.There were 100's of people pushing each other to get a better view of the show and at that moment I felt that had I lived 2000yrs ago and witness the crucifixion of Jesus I would had felt no different to how I felt right then! It became clear to me that the story of Jesus' life, death and resurrection was true and not just a tale for old ladies and small children. By the time I was 17yrs old I had decided to call my self a Christian but no longer attended any church mass.That same year we migrated to Australia. Six months after our arrival in Sydney, Mormon missionaries knocked on our door. This young men were fluent in Spanish and had answers to all of my questions! One thing they said struck home.Quote :"you don't have to believe us, you can ask God yourself! and If you are really sincere He will answer your prayer! ". Now this was a total new concept to me but it felt logical, right and true.So I put it to the test. I wanted to know if God was really aware of me, to know if it was true that He had called prophets on the earth once more like in the Bible's accounts. I was really serious about it so I continued praying on my own and reading the scriptures at the same time. It took some time but I persisted. I did received the answer from God to my prayers and now, I know it is true!

How I live my faith

As a Mormon I have learnt that just to know that something is true or right is not enough. To be a true Christian means to me that I need to do something good with that knowledge of the truth and get involved with those around me. It is then that the Grace of God can take effect in my life as we give service to one another. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints I have learnt to be a better husband to my wife, a better parent to my children and a better member of my community. It does not matter how young or old one is, we all need to work together. The greatest work one can do begins in our homes and in our families. It amazes me that the principals of the gospel of Jesus Christ I was taught 32 years ago by those young missionaries are as relevant to my life today as much as they were then! It is not always easy to follow Jesus teachings but one is not alone in this. God, our Heavenly Father has a plan and a purpose for each one of us. He hears and answers prayers and will guide and direct our steps as we seek Him out in truth and with real intent.