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Hi I'm Rick Decker

I am a descendant of Arizona pioneers. I developed commercial real estate throughout the United States. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife of 35 years and I are experiencing the change of becoming empty nesters. Because we have 7 kids, we have been in the parent phase for a long while. While we are establishing family traditions to keep the kids close, we are also strengthening our relationship together. We love the outdoors of the Western United States. We have a cabin in the mountains where we love to hike, ride mountain bikes, and let our Brittany spaniel run free. Our 10 (and counting) grandkids enjoy the creek and meadow as well as the play ground and dollhouse. In addition to activities that involve all 3 generations, I plan more strenuous activities that involve just the kids and me. For instance, last year we hiked the Grand Canyon "rim to rim" in one day. I am planning a bike ride through France. I have always exercised, mainly running. I have kept my goal of running a 10K one minute for each year of my life. My hardest year was running a 10K in 37 minutes when I was 37 years old--it has gotten easier as I have gotten older. To prolong my joints I have recently taken up biking every other day. If I don't do something every morning my Brittany spaniel will spend the day pouting. My wife has been going to the gym and has been encouraging me to with her. I recently have accompanied her, and have enjoyed sharing this experience together.

Why I am a Mormon

I first became a Mormon when I was baptized at 8 years old. Both my parents had been members for several generations--my ancestors go back to Nauvoo, Missouri, Kirtland. My parents provided a loving home for their 5 kids, and we were taught about Jesus Christ and his teachings through the Mormon prophets at an early age. When I was 19 years old I decided to go on a mission for our Church and needed to have my own personal testimony of the gospel. I fasted and prayed, hoping to find that "born again" experience I have heard about from others and read about in the Book of Mormon. When I experienced no single, life changing event that I could point to, I was a little disappointed. I read and studied, and learned more about what a testimony is and how you obtain one. In particular, Chapter 32 of Alma in the Book of Mormon gave me my answer, comparing a testimony to planting a seed and "growing" a testimony. A testimony is a process, beginning with desire, then nurturing, then seeing growth, and finally partaking of the fruit of a testimony. So it is with me. I have experienced first hand the peace and comfort that comes into my life as I direct my thoughts and actions to those that my Savoir Jesus Christ would have me do. I learn those thoughts and actions more clearly as I read the teachings of the Book of Mormon prophets and follow the direction of the latter-day Mormon prophets. I have nurtured my testimony and have seen the positive direction and felt the peaceful comfort it provides in my life. As I have aged, I realize all the things that are most important to me are the result of my testimony. I have lovely wife that has sacrificed for my kids. I have 7 wonderful kids and 5 delightful children-in-law. Except for my 2 youngest still in college or on a mission for our church, all have gone to college and are pursuing meaningful careers. Families are important in their lives, which helps weld the link that is becoming increasing important to me.

How I live my faith

I have been blessed with a successful career as an owner of commercial real estate. There have been many opportunities to do better deals if I was less than honest. However, I remember in the New Testament Christ describing Nathanael as one "in whom there is no guile". I coveted that tribute, and I have tried to conduct my business dealing so the same could be said of me. Sometimes I have had to make decisions that not everyone liked, but I was always straightforward and honest. I realized long ago that I was glad my Dad did not have my job. More important than getting me into school or getting me a job, he taught me to work. I wanted to make sure my kids learned that same lesson--the value of work. And they know how, whether it is in the sports, the choirs, the classroom, or the workplace. They now thank me for forcing them to work when their friends didn’t have to. Even though my kids are out of the home, my opportunity to teach and encourage them continues. In addition to influencing my children, I have always enjoyed the opportunity to help others through my Church callings. With 7 kids, I had teenagers in the home for a long while. I had the chance to work with my kids and their friends in Boy Scouting, in athletics, and Sunday classroom lessons. I have also enjoyed working with adults, whether teaching in the classroom, training new leaders, personal interviews, or monthly speaking opportunities before the congregation. I learned that Jesus Christ is more interested in those I was engaging than I was, and that as I tried to follow his prompting as communicated through the Holy Ghost, I was more effective. With the kids out of the home, I have realized that my opportunity to touch lives continues. In addition my more formal callings, the real joy is ministering to those that are in need. I hope to follow the Savior’s example of unconditional love.