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Hi I'm Rick Cartier

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Richard. I am a husband and father of 6 children. I have been married for 12 years. I am a professional teacher and completed my Master's Degree in Educational Contexts in August 2011. I have recently moved to Eastern Canada from Alberta. I am an avid hockey and rugby fan. I watch hockey and play it very poorly, but I love to coach rugby and have done so for 10 years. I love motorcycles and have been riding since I was 16. My immediate family are members of the Church. I am a convert to the Church.

Why I am a Mormon

There are several reasons why I choose to be a Mormon and why I remain active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a child I always believed in God. I was a member of another Church and was taught about Jesus and the commandments God had given. When my grandfather passed away I desired to know more about what happens and learned there were really very few answers. I began a search for personal understanding that first led me to become a Born-Again Christian. As I was taught by my Christian friends I felt a powerful witness repeatedly that Jesus Christ is my Saviour. I decided independently that I must commit myself to him and I did. I remember a few years later when my mom became interested in the Mormon faith feeling that I should learn more of it to ensure she was not led astray in some false teaching. I went with her to meet the Mormon missionaries at a friend's home. I remember sitting, waiting for them and hearing a knock at the door. When our friend answered, a young voice said, "Good evening, how are you tonight?" At the moment I heard that voice I felt a unique and powerful witness that that voice would teach me the answers I had sought. I knew that feeling. It was the same spiritual feeling, or voice, that had assured me Jesus Christ was real and my saviour. I could not deny the feeling. I knew immediately that my life was going to change a little. Three weeks later I was baptized. I have remained active since then. I have remained active for one reason primarily. I feel the Holy Ghost when I study the scriptures, I feel the Holy Ghost when I hear the teachings of the Church and I feel the Holy Ghost when I serve God's children. I love the feelings and impact of the Holy Ghost. I believe in the gift of revelation from heaven; I have experienced it many many moments of my life. At the end of the day, after all is said and done, I am an active member of the Church because I feel by the power of the Spirit that doing leads to happiness.

How I live my faith

I am very engaged in the Church community. I am currently serving in a leadership position in our congregation where I assist other leaders to ensure their responsibilities are being met. In this position I am permitted to visit many people in their homes and discuss their experiences with service and how that is impacting their lives. I am able to encourage the people I visit to continue serving others around them and provide guidance and resources for doing so. I then report directly to the ecclesiastical leader of the congregation (the Bishop) regarding the state of those individuals I was sent to meet with and we discuss their welfare and ways we can best support their efforts and provide for their needs. I also have a few families I am specifically assigned to watch over. I visit them at least monthly and share a brief spiritual message at the same time that I am learning about their circumstances and welfare. It is my privilege to help them physically and spiritually and to report to the congregation leadership needs they have which are beyond my ability to help independently. I love this service because it ensures that every family and person is watched over so they do not have to feel alone. I am a professional teacher for the Church in an organization called Seminaries and Institutes. This is an extra-curricular educational weekday program designed to help young people (aged 14-30) learn how to utilize scriptures (The Holy Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great Price, Doctrine and Covenants) in answering real life personal and practical questions and how to receive revelation from God. Through this process students learn skills that allow them to really understand scriptures and therefore they learn the teachings of the Church more fully as they study. I love my job with the young people of the Church.