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Hi I'm Rick

I've lived in Arizona all my life, except for the 2 years I was a missionary in Peru. I'm a financial advisor and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My greatest achievment in life is getting my wife to marry me almost 32 years ago, and the 5 children that we were blessed to have, now ages 30 - 21, with twins in the middle. We also have now been blessed with 5 grandchildren, that get "horsey rides" whenever they come to their Papa's house, that end with them getting bucked off onto the soft cushions of our sofa. I spend my days working in a financial advisory firm, where I am a partner. I've spent the last 27 years working to help people achieve their financial goals. We've grown now to 4 offices, each in a different state, which makes life busy. Tremendous satisfaction comes from seeing the face of a client as they realize that they have the financial security they wanted for the rest of their lives. I truly enjoy helping them reach their financial goals. I coached little league for 17 years as our sons were growing up, taking the twins from t-ball up to senior little league, or Babe Ruth league in some circles. I then picked up our younger son in the minors and coached his teams up to the senior level as well. I have a baseball signed by each team member, which I keep in my office and look at often. Now days I love to play golf with my children and friends. I got as low as a 7 handicap at one time, but now can't seem to play as well, but still consider it one of my favorite pastimes.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a Mormon pioneer heritage, but I had to decide for myself if I was to continue in the Mormon faith or not. At the age of 15 I began studying the life of Joseph Smith, the man through whom our Heavenly Father and His Son restored the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. I learned of all the trials that he went through as he did what was asked of him by the Lord. He suffered pain, poverty, humiliation and ultimatley gave his life for what he knew to be the truth. It occurred to me that if Joseph truly was called of God, then the Book of Mormon would have to be a true book of scripture. Also, the teachings, revelations, and priesthood authority would have all come from or under the direction of the Savior. I read of how Joseph had been tarred and feathered, more than once, because he would not deny that he had been called of God to bring forth this gospel. It also occurred to me that no man would have endured, or watched his family endure, the tremendous hardships and physical pain for something that was a hoax, as his tormentors claimed. It also occurred to me that God had called men throughout history to achieve His purpose. He had called Adam, Abraham, Enoch, Moses, and many many more good men as prophets so that His Gospel might be taught to His children here on the earth. If He had called men to achieve his purposes thoughout history, then why not call a man to do His work in our time. Once I understood this, then it stood to reason that the Lord had restored His gospel here upon the earth after so much of the teachings that Christ had established had been lost over time due to apostasy. I found that the LDS church could answer most all of my questions about me and my reason for being here on the earth at this time. I always felt, even as a little boy, that I had a spirit inside my body. The gospel teaches me why I came to earth, what I need to accomplish while I'm here, and where I will go after this probationary life is over.

How I live my faith

One of life's greatest joys comes from serving others. The church gives me the opportunity to serve in various capacities in doing His work. I received the priesthood at the age of 12 and served in all the levels of priesthood office while in my youth. Upon reaching the age of 19 I left home to be a missionary in Peru. While hard to leave home, I learned to truly love the people I served in Peru, first in Lima, then in various other towns in the Arequipa district. I loved my time serving in the town of Mollendo, where I was able to watch the Church grow from infancy of 0 members to I understand now there is a full congregation there. I was also sad to leave the people of Peru after my 2 year service was over, having made so many wonderful friendships there. A year after returning to Arizona I married my high school sweetheart in the temple in Mesa Arizona, where we believe we can be sealed for marriage not only in this life but the life to come. I have served for many years in the boy scout organization in various capacities, mostly working with the boys ages 16 - 18.At the age of 29 I was asked to serve as a counslor to a bishop and later I was privileged to serve as the bishop of a congregation at the age of 33. As a bishop you have the opportunity to serve those within your area in many ways, from counseling to performing marriages to officiating at funerals. Since my years as a bishop, I have served more in the scouting program, as a high counselor to a stake president and currently serve as a secretary to a bishop. I serve young single men and woman in a congregation in Mesa, giving my wife and I the ability to feel young again as we mingle with these wonderful men and women ages 18 - 30. My wife and I hope to serve a mission together in a few years. We look forward with anticipation to the time we will have to serve out Lord and Savior, but also out fellowmen somewhere in the world. That is where joy is found in this life, in serving others.