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Hi I'm Rick T

I'm a Mormon. I am an artist, and businessman. Missionary to Nova Scotia, Canada. I have four children and soon 10 grandchildren.

About Me

I am an artist, I have painted over 50 original paintings and businessman, first representing an American grocery chain and then non food products in Japan. A funny story my first trip to Japan I felt so lost and out of place. A contact took me to the Tokyo Temple to walk the grounds and we looked in the front doors and I saw a picture of the Prophet Spencer W. Kimball. I was amazed that the spirit of the Lord had opened the doors for the gospel in Japan. How else could you overcome the lanquage and culture barriers and teach the Japanese People the blessings of the gospel. I went on mission to Nova Scotia, Canada. Canada was so beautiful and the people were so friendly. I was honored to be there sharing the gospel. I have four children and soon 10 grandchildren. I have a great sense of humor. I love to laugh. About 20 months ago I had a heart attack that resulted in me having to have a quad by-pass. I was in the hospital for about two months. I nearly died on the way but the paramedics saved my life that night. While I was in the hospital I couldn't believe how many of my neighbors came to see me. My children all came and I felt like I was the luckiest man in the world. I for the first time in my life found out how many people really did like me. How much I was loved by my children and friends. I felt very close to the spirit of the Lord in the hospital not from almost dying but I felt Heavenly Fathers love for me and my family. I could really see my blessings.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. I was baptised at age 8 by my father. I found out many years later my father had gone through about 10 sets of missionarys before he joined the church. My mother was born in Provo, Utah. Her family had crossed the plains with the saints by wagon train. I have always been proud of my ancestors for their faith and courage it took for some of them to leave parts of their family and personal belongings behind to do what they felt was the best thing for them and their families. For their love of the gospel. Now I share this part of my story and hope you can understand my personal journey that at times was not easy. About 1982 I left the church. Personal reasons, a divorce, pride, and lack of understanding drove me away. For nearly 3 decades I was away from the blessings of the gospel. I always knew the church was true. I knew that my Heavenly Father loved me. I knew I had been blessed many times in my life.......but pride has a way of keeping a person from accepting love and blessings. Two years before my heart attack, I made a personal choice in my life to return to the gospel. I had always heard about the prodigal son, or the lost sheep coming back and being welcomed with open arms. I am that prodigal son I was that lost sheep. I knew the gospel was where I wanted to be. I knew that I had to show my Heavenly father that I loved Him and would overcome my pride and come back home to the gospel. My children were so happy when I told them I was coming home to the Gospel. When I bore my testimony and expressed my thankfulness for all the gifts and blessings I had recieved during my life. When I had my heart attack and quad by-pass, I had a personal blessing by my Bishop and I knew I would survive and be ok. I could feel the spirit so strongly and would repeat the blessing over an over in my head as I recovered from the surgery. I felt my Heavenly Fathers love. I am so glad to be home in the gospel and for having overcome my pride.

How I live my faith

When I made the decision to come home to the gospel, I knew I wanted to really be a part of the gospel and share my happiness and feelings with others. I started going out with the missionaries at night to be part of the gospel. I loved it. I loved the feeling of the spirit in my life. I enjoyed the spirit of the missionaries. I loved sharing the message of the gospel with others. I enjoyed the people I was sharing the gospel with. I realized that being a missionary was the greatest blessing in the Church. I would enjoy visiting with members who might have become less active in the church. They would share personal stories about how it had been 2 years or perhaps longer since they had participated actively in the gospel. How so much time had gone by they could never comeback to the church. I would share with them that it was never too late to overcome the pride of man and come home. After my heart attack and recovery I was called to be a ward missionary. I loved it and until I moved recently to Utah I was still a ward missionary and it really is the greatest blessing to see how the gospel can change a persons life and family for the good and give a sense of belonging being in the family of the church and the blessings of a modern day Prophet in our life such as Thomas S. Monson to guide us in our life till the day when Christ returns in all His glory.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Rick T
I was a missionary nearly 40 years ago in Nova Scotia, Canada. First and foremost missionaries will be more than happy to discuss The Book of Mormon and how it came about. The Joseph Smith Story, the first vision, the church today, Why Prophets, why 12 apostles, eternal life, temples, the importance of families. The missionarys can and will give insight into the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) As a missionary I enjoyed sharing with people the importance of family relationships. How a father can love his wife and family. How it makes a father a better father, husband, dad. How an earlier Prophet, David O.Mckay taught us that "No other success can compensate for failure in the home" How we can enjoy our families and teach our children, how much Heavenly Father loves them, how they are important in His eyes. How a close family unit can work together with one vision to make their home a place of love. Where everyone contributes to the happiness and success of the family. How as a family we can become an eternal family and have this family together with love for the next fifty million plus years. How Mormons have set aside a special night of the week (Monday is called Family Night) in the church. Where we get together and have fun, learn about Heavenly Father, His love, play games, share love and laughs as a family, and even have a dessert. As a youth in the church my parents made Family Home Evening the best night of the week. I love those memories Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Rick T
This is one of my favorite questions. How can you look at your child and not think of the God that is so loving that He let you in on this wonderful blessing. The feeling in your soul, the happiness, the emotion of love. There are a million ways to know Heavenly Father. To know Father is there. There is a God. Let me start. View the ocean, be in the mountains, view a sunrise or sunset, look at clouds as they go past, watch a small child play. Watch animals play, feel snow for the first time. a puppy , look up at the stars, they say that even the most unbelieving skeptic knows in there heart, there is a God when they see the Universe around us, the human body, water, air, the colors of fall, mother nature. God is all around us every day, God is in the perfect balance of life. All you have to do is open your heart, open your eyes. You will feel and see His blessings, His works. His good. His love for us His children. You will know in your heart He is there. Yes there is a God Show more Show less