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Hi I'm Richard

I'm a Mormon. I was raised in Cedar City, Utah. I am a dentist and live in Las Vegas.

About Me

I was raised in Southern Utah where my father was a math teacher and my mother was a home maker. I have one brother and three sisters. In high school and college I ran Cross-Country and track. I would run twise a day for five days with a long run on Saturday and take Sunday off. Usually loging about 60 miles a week. My senior year in high school I won the 3A State Cross Country meet and the two mile run in track. My time at state Cross Country was a 15:18 for the three mile race. My best time in the two mile was a 9:45. In college I ran 24:58 for a five mile course. I really loved running and it helped me to gain confidence and have me a place to fit in. I served a mission for my Church to the New England States, where I couldn't run, but I knew that teaching people about Jesus Christ was more inportant. After my mission I finished my undergraduate degree in Zoology and then went to Creighton Dental School in Omaha, Nebraska. It was there that I met my wife and we have been busy ever since raising four children and establishing a dental practice in Las Vegas. I still enjoy running and so far all of my children have run in high school.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My roots go deep. My wife and I are 5th generation Momon's on all four of our lines. We both have ansistors who were converted to the Gospel and personally knew the Prophet Joseph Smith. My high school that I went to only had six students who were not members of the Church. I was getting close to age 19 where you have the opportunity to serve a mission, but I didn't feel that I had a strong testimony that our Church was true. I knew that serving a mission would be very difficult and I wanted to know if it was all true. So I begain reading the Book of Mormon again, by my self to see if it was true. Because of my desire to really know I made time during my first year of college to spend about an hour a day. Reading the Book of Mormon was not a chore this time, because I was reading on my own, instead of for a church class. Near the end of the Book of Mormon, the prophet Mormon is describing our day and our modes of travel and how worldly people would get, etc. It just felt right to me and the more I thought about it, the more sense it made to me. So I knelt down and I prayed to my Father in Heaven and expressed my feelings that I felt that the Book of Mormon was true and if what I was feeling was the answer that the Church was true, that Jesus Christ trully atoned for our sins and was our Savior. As I continued praying the good feelings I had before my prayer grew stronger until I knew with out doubt that my Heavenly Father was telling me that the Church was true. Since that evening I have had many more experiences where I had prayers answered and promptings from the Holy Ghost that contuined to confirm to me that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains all of the truth.

How I live my faith

I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was eight years old. I went through the Boy Scout program and reached the rank of Eagle Scout. We had a lot of fun hiking some beautiful areas in Zion National Park and other areas in Utah. I was privilleged to serve a mission to the New England States, where I served in Concord, New Hampshire; Portland, Maine; Boston, Mass.; Hartford, Conn.; and in Balston Spa, New York. Serving a mission was the hardest thing that I have ever done in my life. I didn't think that getting through Dental School or running long distance would be easier than mission, but I was wrong. Going door to door and trying to share a message about the Savior---when people usually didnt want to talk with you was very difficult. But when people would take time to hear our message and find out for themselves that keeping the commandments of Jesus Christ could really change their lives for the better, It made it all worth it. Since my mission I have had opportunities to teach youth, organize service projects, move people and help organize Sunday Services in our congregation. I am currently helping to organize the training of new clerk in our congregations. I have also been able to visit people in their homes usually once a month and make sure that they had enogh food to eat and teaching them a short Gospel message.