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Hi I'm Rick

I love walking the dogs, skiing, backpacking, yoga, time with kids and grand-kids and living in Western Washington. I am a Mormon.

About Me

First, I changed my religion at age 23. Being raised in a protestant religion was ok for me but I really came to believe that organized religion was unnecessary and that all that was important was to live a good life. So when I agreed to visit with the missionaries, I was thinking I would listen to what they had to say but was not expecting to hear something that would change my life. Change my life it did! The things I learned not only made sense to me but it was as though they were things I had learned before (prior to coming to earth). Today, many years later, I realize that if I was only given one decision to make in my entire life that decision would be to become baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

A childhood friend asked, after being apart for many years, what had happened to me. I said not only had I gained a testimony that Jesus Christ is our Savior but I had also come to know and believe that Jesus and our Heavenly Father had returned to earth in the early 1800’s to restore the fullness of his gospel once again. I live my life of faith by having received saving ordinances of baptism, the receiving of the gift of the Holy Ghost and having been married for not only time on this earth but for all eternity. I live my faith by expressing gratitude to my Heavenly Father each day for His love, blessings and the gift of His son, Jesus. I live my faith by trying to change who I am to become the person our Heavenly Father asks us to become. And, I live my faith by trying to follow Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have enjoyed working with the youth teaching principles of Jesus life and how those principles could be applied to them personally in today's society. I have had the privilege of taking these youth backpacking in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains learning concepts of self reliance, team work and respecting the earth created for our benefit. I remember fondly going cross country skiing on the flanks of Mt Rainier at 10:00pm with a brilliant moon. Experiences like these help young men on their journey to becoming adults and contributors to Heavenly Fathers kingdom. Today, I enjoy facilitating discussions with our priesthood/men's group about how we can better our lives and our time here on earth. Since each of us has our own unique life experiences it is wonderful learn from one another.