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Hi I'm Richard

I am of Middle Eastern heritage and have five children. I'm a U.S. military veteran. I'm a digital media director. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My ancestors came to America from Lebanon. They were hard working, honest and good people. I am proud to be an American and a veteran of the U.S. military but I still hold dear my Middle Eastern culture. I am learning Arabic so the language will carry on in our family. I have a wonderful wife, five amazing children and a growing number of grandchildren. I work as a digital media director and have been a successful writer, reporter, editor and publisher. I always enjoy a good book and love to read the scriptures. I love to scuba dive, especially on shipwrecks. I love the ocean and the history of ships and sailing. I often think of life in terms of a vessel on a journey, sailing the seas and navigating toward a desired destination.

Why I am a Mormon

A new student had moved into my home town when I was in high school. We became friends because we both played trombone. He had a genuine joy about him that was very different from most of the young men I knew. One day in social studies class I passed a note forward to him inviting him to a beer party. He passed the note back with this simple reply, "I don't drink beer." I later asked him why and he told me that it was part of his religious convictions. I learned that he was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon. He was confident in things that he seemed to know for a surety were true. There was very little in my life that I knew was absolutely true. I often felt lost, inadequate, got into trouble and faced abusive situations that confused and hurt me. This young man invited me to his home for something he called Family Home Evening. I visited his home again and again for dinners, games and just talking. I started to attend church with them. I felt like my heart was telling me, "There's a real purpose for families, for life, for my life. We are not here by accident to be jounced around in a world of confusion. There is truth here."

How I live my faith

I have served as an early morning seminary teacher for many years. In the Church, seminary is a class for high school aged students that usually starts at 6 a.m. and is held five days a week before school. The youth do not have to attend, but most do, and they start their day studying and learning about the scriptures and the Savior Jesus Christ. I have served in many other callings, but teaching about the prophets and the scriptures and learning about our Heavenly Father and the Savior is by far the most rewarding for me because I learn so much and feel the Holy Ghost confirming the truth of the gospel to my heart again and again. I have come to a knowledge that there are wondrous miracles taking place all around us, and one most marvelous is the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in these latter days. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I feel hope, renewal and joy, and try to see the incredible worth and divine potential of everyone I meet.