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Hi I'm Rich

I'm a Mormon. Although I have lived in many places as a military dependant and as an airman, I call Western Washington my home.

About Me

I am a husband and father of 3 children. Our children are getting to the age where it won't be long and they'll be on their own. Some people have told me to take time out with just my wife and vacation somewhere without the children. I value most the vacations we have together as a family. They don't need to be exotic or expensive only memorable. I've spent 4 years in the air force on active duty and 16 years in the reserves. I was able to change vocations there a lot since I viewed it as mainly a hobby and not a career. My formal education is 2 years of community college after which I entered an electrical apprenticeship which has gained me a career as an electrician to this day. Even though the years are gaining on me, staying active and fit allows me to hike and play sports with my children as well as feel good about myself.

Why I am a Mormon

As a youth I was raised Catholic though it wasn't strict since my parents never seemed to be too serious with this faith. I feel my mother was most concerned with my spiritual upbringing. There wasn't an urgency felt by myself or the family of my youth. It wasn't until I was on my own in the air force that I began to think serious thoughts concerning religion. While I was at technical school in the air force, my parents wrote that they were looking into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I became interested in this as well and conveniently there was a member of the church in the barracks I was staying. He answered many of the questions that I had and very soon I was fellowshipped by a group of young adults in the church who befriended me and helped lift my spirits during trying times. I went home for Christmas on leave and was able to see my family baptized. I knew after witnessing this that this was the path for me. Upon my return from leave my church friend who lived in the barracks had brought his family to live with him off base. They often invited me over for dinner and the missionaries would teach me the discussions. I was surprised at how little I knew concerning Jesus Christ and his role as the Savior. I felt good about what was taught me and recognized with little effort the powerful truths I was given. This would probably have been enough for most to join the Church but I decided to take what was written in the scriptures to heart and apply them so that I would know without doubt that this was Christ's church. I remember lying on my back in the top bunk after reading a portion of the Book of Mormon one day. My roommate was not around. I said a prayer without getting out of bed to kneel, asking if the words of the Book of Mormon were true. The answer came to me in a feeling. It was unmistakable. One of the most beautiful spiritual experiences I have had in my life yet only the beginning of a life filled with blessings.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be like the Savior. It is a commandment but I do not do it for this reason. I have found that the commandments are only given so that they can make our lives joyful. There will always be ups and downs but the downs are shorter and shallower and the ups are higher and last longer when we do what the Lord has asked of us. It is not enough to try to merely get by in life but it is so much more important and fulfilling to help others get through the challenges in their lives. This can be done through home teaching, serving in the community and in church callings. My place of employment encourages community involvement. Activities are advertised and I participate in some of them. The church also is involved with community projects which I enjoy doing. Home teaching is a wonderful program where some families are assigned to you and a male companion. These families are to be cared for by you and your companion, seeing to their spiritual and temporal needs. Most families don't require any help but as home teachers, we are always there in case they do. The church is made up of members who volunteer their time and talents to it. The callings they serve in are given through inspiration of the Holy Ghost by those church leaders in authority to do so. We, as members are encouraged to receive revelation for ourselves and our families through the Holy Ghost. I love and treasure my family. I can show this by being employed and providing for their temporal needs as well as treating them as I know Jesus Christ would want me to. I am careful not to place myself in situations that would jepardize my standing with the Lord. There are many blessings which will not be guaranteed until after we have endured to the end. The greatest blessing of which I speak is having our families with us throughout eternity. What greater promise can we have?