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Hi I'm Rick

I'm a missionary in Atlantic Canada, a composer, and a percussionist

About Me

I am currently serving the Lord in the Canada Halifax Mission which covers the Atlantic provinces and Northern Maine. I have had the privilege of serving in New Brunswick, Maine, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. I love studying the scriptures and serving others. Before my mission my hobbies included music composition, percussion, and choir. I have played in all-state bands and orchestras, marching band, jazz band, and indoor percussion. Most of my time in high school was devoted to practicing percussion and writing music. I have composed a few pieces for orchestra, wind band, drum line, and solo percussion. Music will be my life after my mission. I would like to pursue composition at a professional level. The best part about percussion is how versatile and simple it is. I don't play favorites, but if I had to be stuck on an island for the rest of my life with only one percussion instrument, I would pick the marimba. Many people before my mission asked me if I would miss playing the drums. Drums are great because you can drum on anything (or anyone, including your companion). Besides music I love to learn languages. I studied French and Spanish listening to podcasts and then going through the transcript with a dictionary. I have dreams of becoming a polyglot. I'm also interested in old movies. Mainly for the purpose of making fun of them. I love cats.

Why I am a Mormon

It was a huge blessing in my life to be born into the church and to such a loving family. Although being around the gospel my entire life, I have had to gain my own testimony of its truth. I am reminded of one of my favorite scriptures, "For of him unto whom much is given much is required; and he who sins against the greater light shall receive the greater condemnation" (Doctrine and Covenants 82:3). Through many testing experiences in my life I have gained a testimony. One of the greatest teachers is failure. It stings at first but gives you a huge understanding of how to succeed. I wouldn't have such a huge testimony of the atonement if I hadn't sinned. The best thing about this church is the charity or pure love of Christ and that you can repent once you have made a mistake. Furthermore, throughout the past year, I have been thinking a lot about my convictions. I understand most of the doctrine and I am still learning, but it recently has pressed on my mind "why" I believe what I believe. Through experience I have come to learn that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because it makes me happy. It's also like music. How do you describe what music sounds like to someone who has never heard it before? You will never understand until you have had the experience.

How I live my faith

Serving the Lord in the Maritimes is how I live my faith. Before my mission I was a "Sunday Mormon." Even though I would go to church and look good to everyone there, on the inside I lacked a testimony. I had not read the Book of Mormon and I had many questions about church doctrine and church history. It is unwise to read unfavorable material regarding the church if you want to get actual spiritual answers to your questions. There was a time on my mission about 9-10 months in that I wanted to give up not only with my mission but with the gospel. After facing what seemed like endless rejection, I had to ask myself, was the message that I taught actually true? Is there really a God? How do I know if it's the Spirit or just me wanting to believe in something? Why do I even need religion to be a good person? These were some of the questions I had when I was searching for a deeper faith. I began to read the Book of Mormon seriously. I didn't want my belief or opinion of the book to be influenced by my parents' testimonies or how they raised me. I wanted to know if the promise was true because I was tired of having a hollow feeling whenever I would bear my testimony at a door. I studied the Book of Mormon for about three months while I was in Bridgewater, NS and I asked myself why I even decided to come on a mission or why I should be a mormon. To be honest, my reason for believing in the Book of Mormon and for being a missionary is because it makes me a better man. True self-improvement isn't found in blogs or articles online, self-help books, or gurus. It isn't found in Netflix documentaries and it isn't found from podcasts. The path to a peaceful and happy life is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ which is taught plainly in the Book of Mormon. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I can honestly say that now. There was certainly a time when I couldn't. If you feel like something is missing in your life, I invite you to read it and feel the Spirit of God.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

In the LDS church, serving a mission is greatly encouraged. All worthy, and able bodied young men should serve a mission. As being priesthood holders, it is their obligation to bring the world what we believe to be the truth. Young men typically begin serving a mission from the time they are 18 or 19 for two years. This means putting school, work and many other things on hold so that they can serve the lord and bring those to Christ. Young women, however not required, are encouraged to serve missions also. Missionaries are not paid for their service fiscally, but it brings them much joy and prepares them for the rest of their life and instills life-long service in their hearts. Senior couples are also encouraged, however not required to serve missions. Show more Show less