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Hi I'm Rich

I am a college student. I love music and sports. I work at a residential treatment center for teenaged girls. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of seven kids. I love playing sports (especially soccer and basketball) and I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing and camping. I also love music! I play the trombone, guitar, ukelele, and the drums. I am currently working on a bachelors degree in psychology and am hoping to become a family therapist. I currently work with troubled teenaged girls in a treatment center and love the work I do there. I enjoy movies and reading (though while I'm in school I don't get to do much of either).

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for my entire life. That said, there was a time when I was about 19 years old that I was really questioning whether or not the church is what we claim it is. I had watched all of my older siblings grow up and serve missions for the church and I was approaching the time that I was supposed to go if I decided to. I found myself wondering if it was all really worth it, and more importantly, if it was all really true. I struggled to answer this question for myself for almost a year. I asked for advice from almost everyone I knew and trusted and finally my dad told me that it didn't matter what other people had to say. I just needed to ask God. So many things were hanging in the balance! I wasn't sure God was real, much less that the church was true. But I realized my dad was right. Only God, if He even existed, could answer this question for me. So one day after talking with my dad I went to my room and prayed. I had prayed a lot of times in my life, but never with a soul so hungry for the truth. I was ready to know the truth, no matter what it was. God answered my prayer that day. He touched my heart. I felt a warmth and sense of peace in way that I hadn't experienced before. I asked if The Book of Mormon was true. I felt peace and assurance that it was. I asked if the church was true. Again, peace and assurance. Then I asked if I should spend two years of my life telling people about it on a mission and I was overwhelmed by a sense of peace and of God's love. I felt like He wanted me to go. Since that day I have felt the Spirit of God over and over and over again confirming that what I felt that day was right. I know that God lives and answers prayers. I am a Mormon because God answered, and has continued to answer, mine.

How I live my faith

For me, my faith means that I need to do everything I can to show God's love to His children. As a result, I have chosen a career path (becoming a family therapist) that is centered on service to families. I also currently teach a sunday school class to 16 and 17 year old kids every Sunday. I absolutely love working with the youth! I also have a job that involves serving people and helping them get their lives together. I served a two year mission in Indiana, where I spent time teaching people about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and doing service. But perhaps most importantly, I try to be a good friend and to love with reckless abandon because I believe that is the kind of person Christ wants me to be.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Rich
Absolutely! If you look through the history of God's dealings with His children found in the Bible there is a pattern of God calling prophets to help guide the people. At times the prophets were rejected, but God always called another one. Even after Christ came, there were still prophets and apostles. So it makes sense that if God had already been working through prophets for thousands of years, that He would continue to do so. I think it is one of the greatest signs of His love for us. He always has, and always will, call servants to help teach and guide his children. But all the commonsense logic aside, I have also prayed to know if our prophet is, in fact, a prophet of God and feel that he is because of what I experienced when I prayed. Show more Show less