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Hi I'm Richard

I grew up in Phoenix Arizona and have worked mostly in sales. My wife, Kathy, and I have 8 wonderful children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. At age 5 my family moved to Phoenix Arizona. My father was in the real estate business as I grew up. I remember hearing of the financial struggles when I was young but I always felt secure and loved. My father became very successful in the motor hotel business as I grew older. He and my mother raised 5 sons and 1 daughter. After graduating from high school I went to a year of college at Brigham Young University then served a mission for my church in Central America (Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras). My testimony of the truthfulness of the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was confirmed as I taught the gospel and saw God's hand in helping me teach and others accept Heavenly Father's plan. After my mission I returned to BYU and finished my education. While there I met my wife and we have raised 5 sons and 3 daughters. We now have 16 grandchildren and more on the way. We have had our happy times and challenges over the years but as we have followed our faith, God has never let us down. He has opened heaven's windows and poured out great blessings. I love being active and enjoy the outdoors. It is especially enjoyable when I can do it with my family and friends. I love to hike, bike, and participate in athletic activities. My future plans include retirement in two or three more years and then my wife and I will volunteer to serve a mission together. We love the Lord and all his children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church and have always wondered if I would have had faith and courage enough to join had I not received this great blessing at birth. I relied on my parent's faith in the Savior until I was nearly 18 years old. That was when I first read the Book of Mormon completely through. As I read and pondered its contents I was filled with a feeling of peace that comes to those who discover purpose in life. To know that we are all children of the same Father and to understand where we come from, why we are here on earth and where we are going after this life is over is a great comfort. It filled me with hope, peace and a desire to do God's will. There is a scripture in the Bible which are the words of the Savior Jesus Christ (New Testament: St. John 7:17) which reads, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself". I have put this promise to the test and now have that sure testimory. To know a truth you must live it. I bear testimony that we are all children of God; that he loves us and knows each one of us personally and individually. His great desire is for each of us to return to his presence after this life is over. To this end He sent his Divine Son Jesus Christ. Jesus, through the miracle of his infinite atoning sacrifice, has given each one of us a gift. The first part of the gift is unconditional. We will all be resurrected as He was. In the resurrection our bodies will be reunited with our spirits and we will be immortal. The second part of His gift is conditional. We can return to live again with our Heavenly Father in his kingdom. However, we must repent of our sins and try our best to keep Heavenly Father's commandments. Our hearts must go through a change where we have no disposition to do evil, but only to do good. None of us will achieve perfection in this life but with the Savior's help we can return to Our Father's presence clean and pure.

How I live my faith

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints there is no paid clergy. Individual members are called upon to serve as teachers, choristers, musicians, leaders of youth and adults. These positions usually change every few years. I have served in the Boy Scout programs sponsored by the Church. I have spoken in church, taught Sunday School and young children in Primary and helped at the Church cannery and storehouse. I and my family have even hoed weeds on the Church's farms and planted new plants at the temple. At various times I have held leadership positions and been on councils with requirements way beyond my capacities, yet the Lord has helped me along my way. And even though I have been out of my comfort zone I appreciate what I have learned and the growth that has come to me. I have had the opportunity to work with other members of the Church and community to provide food and serve it at homeless shelters. We have painted a home for abused women, provided water to the homeless and made hygiene kits for survivors of disasters. We as members have many opportunities to serve each other and others. As it says in the Book of Mormon, "... when ye are in the service of you fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.