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Hi I'm Rhett Rapier

I'm a husband, a dad, a foreigner and a medical product designer. I am also very grateful to be a mormon.

About Me

For several years I've been living in my wife's home country, learning a new language, looking for and eventually finding work, and learning what it means to be a good husband and father. I love my work as an Industrial Designer of surgical instruments. I find it easier to be busy than bored. Some of my top activities include: Getting close and personal with wildlife, trying to overcome my fear of deep water, eating Ethiopian food, doing anything with my wife, and finding a good hiding spot while playing hide-and-go-seek with my kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I came to know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's true church. When I was a teenager I became increasingly concerned with what was true in the world. I wanted to know what church/religion I should follow, if any. I attended many of my friends churches, listened to sermons and read religious literature to find out if there really was a God and what He wanted me to do in this life. After much search and great confusion, my mother encouraged me to read the Book of Mormon. I studied it. I prayed and asked God if it was true. I received a powerful witness in my heart and soul that it is God's word. Through further prayer and study I came to know that Joseph Smith did indeed speak with God the Father and Jesus Christ face to face. The church he was commanded to establish and the priesthood authority he received are living and active today. My testimony of the Bible, and the exquisite truth contained within it, was solidified. Contrasted with what I had before experienced, the Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints brought peace, clarity, hope and faith to my life. They continue to do so today. As a result of that beginning search, I have continued to search answers to the many questions I have. The process remains the same, though I find that the answers come more when they should and less when I think they ought to. This constant hunger for understanding and truth has not weakened with the years, but has only grown. Each new question is a challenge and I have witness enough, that if I trust and believe the answer will come, it indeed will come.

How I live my faith

Everyday is another opportunity to act more like Christ. My faith teaches me to love others as Christ did and to serve others before I serve myself. It is a constant reminder to me that my workload, stress and personal hobbies are not as important as my family, my choices and who I am becoming. I attend church each Sunday for three hours (I know, what wonderful length!) and I spend several nights a month visiting families in our church area. The most important place I live my faith is in my home. As a family we pray, study the scriptures and eat together. One night a week we have family night. This includes singing, praying, teaching, and playing. With young children, those nights are often filled with more playing than anything else. The most exciting part of my day is walking through the door of my apartment and seeing my wife and kids. Because of my faith, I know the most important place I can be is at home. Nonetheless, it is also important to have employment and earn the necessary means by which we can live. Here too is my faith forming how I perceive, feel and act. The principles of the Gospel of Christ inspire me to be a better employee. They teach me to work hard, be honest and have joy in the labor I perform. My faith in Christ motivates me to do my best for our customers and in turn to support the growth and success of my company. The faith I have, and the principles woven therein, touch every aspect of my life that has any meaning at all.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Rhett Rapier
Absolutely. God is not a God of confusion. He has created a plan for all of us to follow. Life experience is different for everyone, but Christ's gospel is not. Our Heavenly Father knew how varied and diverse His children's lives would be, so He provided a way in which we could all learn the true points of His gospel. "The way" was choosing righteous men, or prophets, to establish His church, teach His gospel, and testify of Jesus Christ. Our Heavenly Father has consistently called prophets throughout every age of this world. The only time we have been without prophets is when humankind, as a whole, has rejected them. God still loves us today. He chose Joseph Smith to be a prophet and establish His church in our time. The prophetic authority has been passed on to our current prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I know he is a prophet of God. Show more Show less