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Hi I'm Richard

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived most of my life in Connecticut save for five years as a teenager in Miami, Florida. I was a lithographer for twelve years, and then a physical education & health teacher for twenty seven years. Since retiring in 1998 I have operated a small woodworking business out of my home workshop specializing in Adirondack furniture. I have been married to my wonderful wife since 2001 and we were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in 2008. I have many interests including studying American History, furniture restoration, antiquing, stamp collecting, model car collecting and watching vintage movies. My wife and I are avid "pickers," and spend most Saturday mornings exploring neighborhood garage sales.

Why I am a Mormon

It seems I have spent most of adult life on a faith journey as I was searching for a church to meet my spiritual needs. Having joined no fewer than four different denominations I found myself at the age of sixty seven still searching and beginning to obsess concerning my mortality. It was at this stage of my life that I was introduced to the Mormon doctrine through the visitation of two missionaries. During the lesson on the Plan of Salvation it became clear to me that what I had been searching for my entire life was clearly laid out before me. I received a confirmation of that when I prayed to Heavenly Father and began reading the Book of Mormon. My fear of death has been quelled and I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for me and He has given me guidelines to live my life that I might one day return to Him as well as my own family.

How I live my faith

The opportunities afforded me as a priesthood holder have broadened me and allowed me to reach out to others in my ward as well as the community. I volunteer at a local community dining room, a cat shelter as well as working as the director of our Family History Center at our ward. I make monthly home visits to families in our ward to minister to their needs as well as participating in many service projects within our ward as well as in the greater community. Service to others has become the central part of my life and reflects what being a member of the LDS church is all about.