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Hi I'm Rick

I'm the father of five incredible children, husband to a special lady, and a Weed Scientist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Having grown up on a farm, my days were filled with the adventures of the outdoors. Lessons learned, included, not sitting in front of a loaded gun, because it could go off, being careful while going up silos with pitchforks in your hand, because they can end up stabbing you in your thigh, and many other valuable lessons. The lessons learned while on the farm served me well as I attended college, obtaining a MS and Ph.D. in Weed Science, found the lady that would accept my invitation to marry and share with me the experiences of being the parents to five incredibly unique children. As challenges arouse, it was our faith in each other and our trust in the Savior that provided the courage to accept each new opportunity. In a world where it can be difficult to find a job that allows one to fully enjoy what they are doing, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work in an area that brings me much satisfaction. As a Weed Scientist, I am involved in addressing the impacts of these undesirable plant species and learning about them so as to be able to more effectively address them. It has always amazed me as to the diversity and beauty of the plant world and as I learn more about particular species, I can't help but smile at the thought that the Savior had an incredible time creating these plants.

Why I am a Mormon

Having been a member my entire life, I don't have the incredible conversion story others may have, but I do have events in my life which have allowed me to grow closer to my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. While a young boy, just prior to Christmas, the family home burned to the ground. Through the efforts of friends in our town, a home was found for the family and gifts arrived for the family on Christmas morning. To this day, as the family gathers to visit, it is that Christmas that stands out to each of us as the Christmas we all remember due to the kindness and generosity of the town that took care of our family during that difficult time. The following year my father passed away, leaving the family of six kids without a father. In time the home was rebuilt, but the loss of my father was not so easily addressed. I had been taught that families can be together forever, and it was this piece of information that became the foundation for my early testimony, for the thought that I would never have the opportunity to see him again was just not something I was prepared to accept. The realization that families can be together forever is an incredible component of my testimony. I look forward to meeting my father, once again, and introducing him to my family. What a great blessing to know that through the love of a Heavenly Father and the teachings of His Son, Jesus Christ, the way for families to be together forever is available to all. I know I will see my father again.

How I live my faith

The Savior set the example of how one should live their faith. The New Testament provides an incredible account of the service he did to those around him. He went out of his way to help them, always willing to lift the burdens of those in need. Having been given the opportunity to serve in the Church, I have been able to learn from the experiences of others. From the young children, one learns of their incredible faith in the Savior, yet from the young people, a different perspective on life. The challenges they face are much different that the ones I faced when at their age. Yet, in working with them you can see their tremendous strength and courage to move forward living the teaching they are learning, and following the example set by Jesus Christ. In working with the adults, you learn of the sorrows many carry, the burdens of guilt and pain, which only the Savior can help alleviate. Yet, being apart of each others world provides the diversity and opportunity to grow and develop the characteristics one would hope to cultivate in today's society. Service to others helps me serve my family better. The joy of being a father to these children and the husband to my wife is often felt through helping my family. I appreciate the opportunity to grow and learn, through my family, and those who I may meet inside and outside the Church. We are all children of a loving Father who knows us because he created us. We are His children and just like I can recognize the voices of my children, he recognizes each of our voices when we go to Him in prayer.