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Hi I'm Rick Miller

I live in Texas with Julie, her dad, & my folks. All 3 parents are in their 80s. We have 4 married kids. I"m happy & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happily married man of almost 34 years with a saint of a woman. We are blessed to have 4 children - 1 daughter and 3 sons. All are married and we love their spouses as if they were our own children. I have aged a bit over the years and not quite the energetic - frenetic - presence I was when we were first married. After graduating from college and then MBA school, I worked in a bank, but felt the need to go out and work on my own for a while. I did that for 10 years in various business ownership capacities - some very successful and then others not quite so successful. In other words, I had my "mid-life crisis" very early in life. Eventually, I went back to banking and have enjoyed traveling around the country for them. This job has provided me the opportunity to focus on the things that matter most in my life - my family and my faith. When I am home from traveling, I am truly HOME. I love being near or on the water. Over the years we have owned a home near a river and lake, and now have a boat where we can go out on the water and feel the beauty of that environment. I enjoy reading a book or magazine on the boat as the sun is coming up - it is such a beautiful and renewing setting. Unfortunately, I don't get to spend near as much time there as I would like, especially the more grandchildren we have. Now THEY have become the beautiful and renewing aspect of my life, as I love to spend time with them baking, watering flowers, swimming, or playing games. I am blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel fortunate that ancestors on both Mom and Dad's side joined the church, thus bringing the gospel into my life by birth. My dad's folks joined in Switzerland, where grandpa was disinherited from a fortune because he joined the church. I would like to believe that I have that same level of conviction - now. My faith and conviction have evolved over time. At the heart of it though, I am a Mormon because as a 14 year old I read the Book of Mormon with a desire to know if it was true. I will never forget the last chapters of Alma, where I felt the strongest spiritual impression that what I was reading was true - and applied to me. That impression has sustained me in many times where my faith was tested or tried. In addition, through study and prayer over the years, I have had other strong spiritual experiences - especially reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and then in serving others. That faith has sustained me especially when we lost our granddaughter when she was 4 months old. It was the day after Christmas in 2004, when Kassi died of sudden infant death syndrome. Because I am a Mormon I knew that we would see Kassi again, that because of Jesus and His Atonement, Kassi was "alive in Christ" and was not only in our Heavenly Father's care, but we would see be with her again. Our daughter, Jen was crushed by the loss of her daughter, and our pain soon became her pain. But over the course of time, her faith in Jesus and the promises to see and be with Kassi again sustained her as well. Just a few years later, we had another test for our faith as Julie's mother unexpectedly died. We saw both the pain of loss in her father, but the anticipation that he would be with her again in the near future because of his faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I have found, prayed about, believed, and lived the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It has lifted me, I have seen it lift others, and sustained me through the most difficult times of my life.

How I live my faith

About 6 years ago, my wife's parents had started to have some health problems. We invited them to Texas for an extended visit. That visit resulted in them moving in with us. The next year we built a home designed for handicap access and multiple family living. Unfortunately, just 4 months after moving in, my wife's mom died. The next year, my parents were having health problems. We also invited them to come live with us. So right now, my wife and I live with and care for 3 octogenarians. That is one way I feel I live my faith, by honoring our parents in as loving & caring manner as possible. My wife and I have always felt great joy in serving others. One time I helped a friend who was so depressed over health issues that on one visit he had a gun in his hand and was ready to commit suicide. On another occasion I helped another friend go through the awful process of cold turkey withdrawal from drugs. But most of my service has been much more routine in nature, from helping friends & family during difficult times by pointing to the Savior and drawing on my own experiences to help and lift them. Also, as a youth leader, I have organized and helped our youth participate at the local food banks, women's shelters, and nursing homes. I hope those youth learned how to like like Jesus in those settings. As the leader of a local congregation, I had responsibility for 400 members, and found true joy in serving Jesus by serving them. I was often the one uplifted by them as I saw their faith and resilience in times of trouble. I hope in some small way, they felt the Savior's love through my meager actions. As a son, brother, father & husband, I believe I live my faith most noticeably in a setting that actually goes mostly unnoticed to the world - my home. I hope that my actions to my family reflect my love of the Savior as I try to live as He lived, and love as He loved. I love the feeling I have when I am in His service. I love to see the joy in the eyes of those served.