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Hi I'm Dick

I'm a husband, dad and grandfather who loves to fish and hunt, but my greatest love is my family, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an engineer in the commercial aerospace industry and I enjoy flying on airplanes that I've had an influence on. I enjoy the out-of-doors, I love to camp, hunt and fish especially with my family. Over the years great memories have been made and our family has drawn closer together during these activities. Fishing our local ocean waters with family and friends is always a great adventure, each trip we seem to find someone who gets a little sea-sick while out on the big water. The good news is they always feel better once back at the dock. I have a great love for my country and for the freedoms I am afforded. I consider myself fortunate, even blessed to live in a free land and I will do my best to preserve these same freedoms for my children and grandchildren and beyond.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for many reasons, but one reason that stands out is that I believe that God (Heavenly Father) expects certain things of me. I believe that He expects me to do the best I can at life. This means that I am expected to be a good person, to respect others and to be honest. I believe that Heavenly Father actually has a "standard" for the lives of all His children, a standard probably higher than what most people see or agree with. Not that anyone should have a "I'm better than you" attitude, but rather an attitude of some day actually being accountable to Him for our actions. As such, I believe that I will be held accountable some day for the way that I have lived my life. I believe He expects me to live a clean life, avoiding places and things that He Himself would not participate with or engage in. I believe that I have in my stewardship my family, that it is my responsibility to love them, teach them, protect them and earn the right to someday live with them forever. This belief helps me to be a better husband, father and grandfather. I love my family with all of my heart. I am a Mormon because these are the things that ring true to me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each day, my faith is not something I only do on Sunday. I am not ashamed of being a "Mormon", in fact, most people respect that I live my religion. I live my religion because I love Heavenly Father, my Savior, my wife and my family. These are the ones I believe I'll have to answer to and these are the ones I hope to be worthy of living with for Eternity. For this very reason is why I live my religion regardless of the circumstances I am placed in. Those who have fished on my boat know that before we leave the dock each morning that we have a word of prayer. This is not only a prayer asking for a safe return to port, but a prayer of gratitude and thankfulness for our countless blessings. There is no swearing, alcohol, tobacco or coffee on board and people appreciate and respect this environment (sunflower seeds are also not allowed because they are such a mess to clean up). As short as weekends always seem to be, I will not be found fishing on Sunday. I believe that Sunday is a day set aside for spiritual things and family, not a day for recreation and catching fish. I believe this is part of keeping the Sabbath Day Holy. Each Sunday I teach a youth Sunday School class for ages 14 -16 years. These kids live in a tough time in the world where moral values are made cheap and unpopular. However, each of these kids know what Heavenly Father expects of them. I may teach them with words and chalk, but our Father in Heaven teaches them through the Spirit. The Spirit confirms truth to them. Being taught by the Spirit is the very same teaching that has confirmed to me the truthfulness of being "Mormon". The Spirit teaches each of us, if we but listen to the feelings in our hearts and the impressions in our minds.