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Hi I'm Richard

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a checkered past that I am not proud of. I was a shell of a man. When the time came - when I truly realized how empty my life was (void of true meaning and purpose): I turned to my Father in heaven. He gave me the gift of a new life in Christ; yes, the miracle of a "great change of heart." I have learned the value of the gospel, and living a consecrated life (in Christ). I have learned how to live in the world - without becoming ensnared by it. You see - living God's commandments IS freedom - IS happiness!

Why I am a Mormon

As a child - As a teenager - As a man: I was not fulfilled by traditional religious doctrine, teachings or examples. I was a young man when I came across a Mormon co-worker. He talked to me about the gospel of Jesus Christ: from the viewpoint of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I had been searching for "truths" about life, living and God. Though turned off during our early discussions - he spoke of a heavenly Mother. That aroused an unusual sensation within my being: one I had never felt before. I began to listen in earnest. He offered me a Book of Mormon. After I began to read, I could not stop. I hungered for more. As I read, the Holy Spirit bore witness of the divine origins of the book I was reading - studying. Shortly thereafter, I was taught the gospel and became converted to the "truths" of life, living and God. Striving to live like Christ is a daunting and trying task; yet I know I must do my best to do so. I stumble and fall at times; but, I lift myself up (repent) and resume the charge of living like Christ. The closer I draw to my Father in heaven, the further I distance myself from the lures of this world. Once a testimony of our Father in heaven, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost is born - all else diminishes, in comparison. I view living in a whole new way. The pieces of the puzzle of life seem to merge and form a wonderful picture of heaven. I'd like to think I'm in that picture. It fulfills me. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

First of all: every member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons) is a "missionary." You see, once one tastes the sweet savory of gospel truth: one's heart rejoices - the tongue loosens - one wishes to share the joys of it with all they come in contact with. We are all children of God: blacks, whites, browns, yellows, reds, and so on: we all came from Adam and Eve. We were never meant to live for "self" alone. We are ALL family! Therefore, we should bear one anothers' burdens. We should esteem each other as we esteem ourselves. Having faith is import - faith-with-action is MORE important! Having the pure love of Christ (charity) is even MORE important! Serving one another is what life is truly all about. I take that seriously. Our faith is a faith of action. It revolves around two great principles: 1. Love the lord your God with all your heart, mind, might and strength, and 2. Love thy neighbor as thou lovest thyself. Focused living on these two principles, alone, takes away any need for the other 8 commandments. My faith, and the faith of my fellow Mormons is the same. We center our life on Christ and serve each other (all humanity). That is the core of my living faith - our living faith.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Richard
The Book of Mormon is another witness of Jesus Christ. In the Holy Bible (Old Testament | Ezekiel 37:19‎): Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand. Here Ezekiel bears witness of another book (stick/Book of Mormon) that will (in future times) be put with the stick of Judah (Holy Bible), and, they will be ONE. There are those who say that the Holy Bible cannot be added upon; but, Ezekiel testifies that this is not so. The authors within the Book of Mormon were of the seed of Joseph. During the time of the great tower of Babel, a Jewish prophet of God was commanded to flee from Jerusalem. He was commanded to build a great ship that would take he, and his family, to a new promised land (The Americas). Christ visited these peoples after His resurrection. He established His church upon this, the American continent: the same as He did in Jerusalem. The Jews, in Jerusalem, were corrupt and did not have eyes to see Christ as the savior of the world; therefore, Christ had to take His message to the gentiles. There He established His church. He did the same in the Americas. This land is where Christ's church would be restored to the world. The Book of Mormon is written in a simpler and easy to understand manner than the Bible. It is our cornerstone. ‎ Show more Show less