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Hi I'm Richard

I am 8th of 11 children. I am a husband, a father of 7, a grand-father of 7, a chiropractor and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family of 13. As a youth I grew up working in a the construction industry where I was taught by my father, that I could do anything. After serving a mission in Japan for two years, I returned to my studies in chemistry at the University, where I met my wife, a chemical engineering student. I had never intended on being a chemist, but felt it would be a good educational background for a future physician. After looking into where the medical profession was going, I realized that it didn't match up with my more natural healing belief system. I wanted to assist in healing, not dispense drugs. Luckily I was introduced to the idea of becoming a chiropractor. Drug-less, natural healing has become my passion. Teaching people about how their wonderful physical bodies can be assisted in healing itself is what I do. I love children. My wife and I have seven of our own as well as seven beautiful grandchildren with more on the way. Growing up in a large family made it natural for me to enjoy taking care of and playing with small children. They are precious and pure and one of the true joys of life. I grew up with a passion for basketball and tennis. I played tennis with my Dad several times a week for many years until he was well into his eighties. As I have aged tennis has become my sports hobby of choice. I love to play tennis with my children. It is probably the only thing I love to do more than my work.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a large family, with very strong family values. I know that many, in spite of religious upbringing have to overcome their doubts about the reality of God. I have to say that it was never the case with me. I don't ever remember a time that I didn't know that God lived and loved me. My challenge was whether or not I was willing to learn to love Him more than things of the world. My parents served as a great example of that love. They loved the Lord so much that they demonstrated a passion for sharing his gospel with whomever they could. I learned from them that a love of God made you a lover of people. And you wanted more than anything to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with them because you knew that nothing could bring these people that you loved more than His plan of happiness. As many families and individuals passed through our lives, I could see the sadness, confusion and insecurities of life change to hope, happiness and confidence as they accepted gospel truths and began to live them. I saw a consistent pattern of a changing for the better following their baptism into a new way of life. During this process I developed a love for them. I began to see that nobody was a lost cause and that the gospel really does change lives. It gave people a noble purpose in life and a plan based on pure revealed truths that would not let them down. They could depend on the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ to teach them the way of true happiness and they could look to their Savior as an inspiration and someone to pattern their lives after. As I began make my own share of mistakes in life, I began to have a deeper love for my Savior and his atoning sacrifice. I found that nothing strengthens your faith in a true principle than living true to those principles. I have shared the gospel found in the Book of Mormon, the Bible and teachings of latter-day prophets with many and have seen the happiness it brings them. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ was organized through revelation to allow imperfect people to work towards perfection by serving other imperfect people. There is no better way to learn to love someone than through serving them. In the church we accept callings from inspired leaders. I was taught never to turn down a calling to serve. As such I have served in the scouting program for over 25 years. I have loved working with boys and teaching them scouting skills as well as how to serve as a responsible leader of other boys. I have also served as a missionary for two years in Japan where I learned to love the Japanese people and appreciate the oriental people. Probably my most memorable calling was to serve in the prison ministry for several years at the Florence prison in Arizona. There I had the opportunity of teaching the gospel to those that were truly in need of the gospel. They needed to know that their savior loved them. I loved giving them the message and opening up the scriptures to them that could change their lives forever. I currently serve a local leader of a group of priesthood holders in my local church congregation. I help organize them to serve in looking over the needs of others in our congregation as well helping to organize genealogy work and temple work. I also serve one day a work as a worker in our local temple. I love the spirit that is felt in the sacred temples. As a member of the church we are assigned to various service positions, but as a follower of Christ I enjoy serving as a good neighbor and helping where ever and when ever needed.