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Hi I'm Richard

I was raised in Kimberly, Idaho. I graduated from Utah State Univ. and married my wife Jill. We have 5 children, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married and my wife and I have five children. I have engineering degrees in civil engineering and agricultural engineering. For my work I plan water supply and waste water systems for municipalities and water utilities, to help provide the water supplies and sanitation that are necessary to sustain healthy lives in our society. I have a variety of hobbies and interests. I love hiking, camping, backpacking, and exploring the outdoors. I do photography, observe nature, woodworking, gardening, leather crafts, auto mechanics, home repairs, and cycling. I am a scoutmaster. I work with twelve and thirteen year old boys to help them mature, learn a wide variety of scouting skills. My hope for these young men is that they grow into confident, capable men that care for their family, serve others unselfishly, and worship their God. As a family we work hard to help each child prepare for life and develop their potential. We teach our children the importance of getting an eduction to be prepared to serve and to be self reliant. As a family we like to go camping, hiking, and share meals and holidays together. We strive to visit extended family at reunions and other gatherings. each year. On our vacations we like to visit national parks to see the wonders that Heavenly Father has created for us. Onc my wife and i retire, we hope to serve a mission somewhere to help others.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family of Mormons and through my family I had the opportunity to learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I also watched my parents and extended family members strive to live the gospel to the best of their ability. Then when I was 14 I read the Book of Mormon completely for the second time. I had seriously studied the contents of the book and the truths made sense to me. I took the challenge in Moroni chapter 10 verse 4 and 5 to ask Heavenly Father if this book was true. I received my own personal confirmation that this book is true. I have read the book a number of times since and I still feel that the Book of Mormon is true. Our church also ha living prophets. As each prophet is sustained as the president of the church I have sought my own confirmation that he is the prophet that Heavenly Father would have to lead this church, and have been blessed to understand that these men are prophets. As I try to live the gospel I learn that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church each Sunday and by partaking of the sacrament to renew my baptism covenants. I have a calling or assignment where I have the opportunity to serve others. Currently I am a scoutmaster of 12 and 13 year old boys, a calling which I thoroughly enjoy, even when it is challenging. I pray daily, and try to read my scriptures regularly. As a family, my wife and I have been married in one of the temples of our church, where the officiators have the authority to seal this marriage for time and all eternity. We try hard to live the gospel and to raise our children to also come to know Jesus Christ so that we can be together as a family forever. We periodically attend the temple to serve others and to remember our own marriage covenant. I also try to live the gospel each day and strive to do better when I fall short. As I try, I have the opportunity to learn more about Heavenly Father and his ways.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

A family is important to Mormons because the family is where we raise our children, where we have a spouse to work with together to solve life's problems and to support each other n our activities. A family is where we learn to have good interpersonal relationships, to work, and to learn the gospel of Jesus Christ. Within the family is where we have our greatest trials and our greatest happiness. Having a family is hard work, and we have times of discouragement when things do not go as desired. However, these trials bring us close together and help us to learn. We learn patience, tolerance, love, and many details of how to truly love one another. It is successfully working through these trials that helps us to learn to become unselfish and develop more Christlike qualities. I believe that we will have the blessings that come with the family that we create. Show more Show less