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Hi I'm Ricks

I lived in Southern Alberta. My wife and I are in the Canada Halifax Mission. We currently are in Gander NL. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, Dad, and Grandfather. I have seven children all of whom attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton at one time or another. I enjoy sports and helping children learn skills that help them succeed. I love to visit the 23 Grandchildren. I enjoy hiking in the mountains and gardening. My wife, Sandra, and I have been called to serve in the Canada Halifax mission starting Oct 17 2016 for 18 months. We are excited and looking forward to this opportunity. We are presently in Gander Newfoundland working with members and missionaries to help build Faith in Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When I was young I wondered how could I be happy. I learned that happiness is found in friends and family who show love to each other. Happiness is not to be fleeting and related to external forces like substance or activities. Happiness is from within the soul. Upon reading the Book of Mormon I found that happiness is founded on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Following the teachings of Jesus Christ will bring lasting and eternal happiness. I chose to follow Jesus Christ. I find a joy in serving others and acting with faith in Christ.

How I live my faith

I am presently working with Young Men ages 16 - 19 in the church. We do activities and find ways to give service in the community in which we live. I have had the opportunity to work with a Cub Scout pack as a leader. These are 8-11 year old boys who meet each week to work on goals and badges that improve their skills. We plan the fun activities but we also provide service to the community like raking leaves for the Museum or helping an elderly couple with their yard work. Part of the Cubs Promise is to "do a good turn for somebody every day." Since I am a leader it is something I try to do as an example for the boys. Do your best is the Motto of the Cubs and that is what I try to do and to install in the boys the desire to be the best they can be. I have volunteered as a coach with community teams. But working in the community to make it a more beautiful place to live is a priority for me. I have an assignment to watch out for a few families including single parent families. This give me an opportunity to visit and see things that I can do to help these families in their homes. We attend church regularly on Sunday but our duty to love and serve is an every day activity.