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Hi I'm Ric

I'm a geek, I'm a dad, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Microsoft guy who fell in love with the Seattle area as a teenager. I've participated in writing a couple of obscure geek books, I've got a few patents, I've got a CD on Amazon from my years singing a capella with Microsoft's own, Baudboys. In my spare time you'll find me incessantly reading about all things tech, practicing amateur apologetics using social media, watching college football, fiddling with music composition, serving in the church and playing some Xbox.

Why I am a Mormon

I can rationalize the existence of the universe and mankind through science. But what I can't escape is the "why?" Why is there a universe? Why am I sentient? Why can I sense that there's more to life than what I can see? It's in the "why" that I find God. I understand my place in the cosmos, simultaneously insignifcant and enormously important. I know that everything, jobs, businesses, organizations, states, nations, all will eventually end, but that myself and every one around me, are eternal beings. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. I love His words, I love His life, I love His sacrifice for me. I have felt His presence in my life in moments of need and crisis, as well as moments of peace and reflection. I love to study the life of Christ and his example. He was truthfully, "The Lion of Judah", and his example inspires me to what it really means to bravely love others. The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us that "men are that they might have joy". His gospel has given me the tools, the framework, and the inspiration needed to build a joyful life. Throughout my life I have planted seeds of righteous obedience, and time and time again I have seen these seeds bear beautiful fruit. This is the basis of my belief. I deeply admire men like Joseph Smith, or Peter, or Brigham Young, Moroni and John. I love to read their words as they share their understanding of the gospel. Their experiences with God (and man) are of immense worth to me. Equally, I listen intently to the wise words of living prophets. There is no substitute for the knowledge that God still speaks to man, that his voice is still given human voice through modern prophets of God. There is no question that the better parts of who I am have followed from my decision to follow Christ and to particpate in his Church.

How I live my faith

I lead the men's organization in my congregation. That means that I help direct home visits and service and social activities. I get a chance to teach every so often and I relish those opportunities. Over the years I've spent a lot of time teaching youth, doing missionary work, and helping with organizational support (I am a project manager by trade).

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Mormons believe that we are the children of God. That Jesus Christ is our Savior. We believe that God speaks through His prophets, and those prophets tell the world of the Gospel of Christ. The words of ancient prophets exist as scriptures. We believe that, starting with Joseph Smith, God has called prophets in modern times as well. We believe that the path to Heaven is paved with covenants. Deep, personal commitments made between man and God, which form the basis for man's relationship with God. These covenants are inseperably associated with the ordinances of Christ's gospel, such as baptism, and the taking the sacrament. Finally, we believe that Christ's church is the place where the scriptures are studied, the prophet speaks, the ordinances of the gospel are administered, and the Saints gather for fellowship. We believe that we are The Church of Jesus Christ in these modern days. Show more Show less