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Hi I'm Richard

I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, the seventh of eight children. I have been a member of the Church my whole life.

About Me

My wife and I are the parents of seven children--four girls and three boys ranging in age from twenty to three. Our two eldest are in college, and our son is preparing to serve a full-time mission for the Church to begin this summer. Our daughter in high school attends early morning seminary classes. We attend church weekly and also participate in weekday activities with other members. I was fortunate to be born to parents who were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and who lived their religion fully. I attended seminary classes and then went to Brigham Young University. I served a mission to the Micronesian Islands as a young man before returning to complete my schooling which is where I met my future wife. She, too, had been born and raised in the Church and was part of a family of eight children. When I finished my degree, our little family (which now included two children) moved back to Phoenix where I found work as a public school teacher. My wife and I made a decision together that she would be a stay-at-home mother which has truly been a blessing for our children. Because of this, I went back to school to get my masters' degree so that I could go into school administration to continue to provide for our growing family. I have been a school administrator in Avondale for the past eleven years. It is a privilege to serve the students and families in our community.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was younger, I thought that everyone had a life like mine. I believed that everyone went to church each week as our family did and that everyone had loving, giving parents who sacrificed everything for us children so that we could be happy and grow up to be successful. As I grew, I began to understand just how fortunate I truly was. My family never had a great deal of money despite the fact that my father worked extremely hard for us. However, we always had enough for our needs, and much more importantly..our home was filled with love and the good things of life. My parents marriage was one of love. They had been married in the temple, long before I came along, and they had made eternal commitments to one another that impacted how they treated each other and us as children. We talked often of being an eternal family. I was close with all of my siblings even though there are big age differences with some of us. We love getting together as often as possible to catch up on the latest events and to reminisce about memorable times in the past. My wife came from a similar home and eternal family. We were married in the temple and strive to show love to one another and our children daily. I cannot imagine another type of life. I love the gospel and have seen what it has done for me and those I love, both family and friends. I am Mormon because the Church teaches doctrines and principals that are true and which lead to happiness in this life and the one to come. My life is not always easy, but I have a firm hope in Christ which gives me strength to carry on and meet the challenges that I am called on to face. I know that our Heavenly Father lives and loves us. I know that He has a plan for us. I am forever grateful that I was blessed to gain this testimony in this lifetime, and I am thankful for the opportunities that I have to share it with others.

How I live my faith

In our local congregation, I serve as a counselor to our bishop to help see to the temporal and spiritual needs of several hundred members. I specifically have responsibilities to serve with the youths in planning and carrying out Sunday and weekday lessons and activities. This includes the scouting program for our young men. My wife serves in the primary which serves the children in our ward, ages eighteen months to eleven. We get to spend time with our own children and work with others, as well. I am also a home teacher. My companion and I make monthly visits to our five families to deliver a gospel message and to see how we can help them and their families. This month our family will be part of the Mormon Helping Hands project in our area to help paint homes in Tolleson and Avondale and beautify the neighborhoods. Service is a welcome part of our lives. One of the wonderful things about our Church is that we are given opportunities to serve, to lead and to teach. We learn of how the Savior went about doing good, and we are expected to do likewise. I feel that I have been given so very much, and so I try to give back as I am able to do so.