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Hi I'm Richard

I am a father of three, husband of one:), son, brother, healthcare manager and a latter-day saint, which is to say, I am a Mormon.

About Me

My greatest accomplishments so far have been my marriage and the products of it, which are my three remarkable children. My wife, kids and I, have lived all over the United States, including both coasts. I grew up in the desert and had a passion for tennis. This was my identity during my adolescence. I was one of the top ranked youth in my state and traveled around the United States playing tournaments. After high school, I was fortunate enough to play collegiate tennis. The lessons of hard work and commitment which I gained through this consuming sport have been very valuable throughout my life. During my second year of college I found it hard to not examine myself, my situation, and the amazing opportunities which have been continually placed in my path, and found it impossible to ignore any further the Lord’s hand in my life, which lead to my most important decision (as all others have been a direct product of it), to go on a mission. I made this decision in an attempt to acknowledge the blessings which have been given me. I served a mission in Russia, immediately after which I met and was sealed to my wife within one year of my return. My wife and I have worked extremely hard to make each other, our marriage, our family and our home happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of this faith because I truly believe that the God of Heaven created both the heavens and our earth. He built it for us. God is the creator of our actual spirit; not in a symbolic way, but as our Father, who is an individual. He created the world to help us build the experiences, knowledge, self discipline and body necessary to live an eternal existence beside him and progress eternally. This eternal existence made possible only through a mediator to satisfy an eternal law of consequence (every action has a reaction); a mediator, spotless, sinless, and full of love, to serve as a sacrifice. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I believe that this same God, our Father, and his first born son, Jesus, who is our Mediator, appeared to Joseph Smith in 1820 and set into motion, events which would restore the knowledge, priesthood, and ordinances necessary to again commit ourselves to this eternal progression. The tangible product of this visit is the Book of Mormon. I have not investigated other beliefs; I have not felt the need to do so, because of the spirit which I feel is a companion in my life giving me the confidence that I am leading my life consistent with God’s will, while pushing me to do better, pushing me to be a better husband, father, employee, and member of the Church. Being a member of this church has improved every aspect of my life, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be a member of it.

How I live my faith

For the past 15 years I have been a healthcare management professional and recently started a new position administratively leading a 200+ adult medicine group practice. The priorities of home, work, fitness and church always seem to be at battle with each other. That is one of the great benefits of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; the Gospel is the greatest management tool any one of us has, because the principles which are imbedded within it, continually help align my priorities to those priorities which my Heavenly Father has for me. This doesn’t mean that church is always the first and only thing I focus on; sometimes it is work for a season; sometimes it is church for a season; sometimes it is "me" for a season; however, my family is the one priority which is always in season.