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Hi I'm Rich Tripp

I'm a Mormon and my religion means everything to me.

About Me

I always wanted to be married. I found my one and only when I was nearly 25-years-old. She wanted six children. I wanted eight. I won! We have four boys and four girls. I became a Mormon when I was 17-years-old and my wife when she was 10.. Like Joseph in the Old Testament, I wanted a patriarchal blessing. I received one from our patriarch and was told, "The gospel will be the greatest thing in your life." That has been true. I am now 75-years-old and my greatest joys come from knowing that God is alive and His Son Jesus Christ is my personal savior. I feel this most deeply when singing hymns. Often, I cannot sing the words because of their powerful message, which sinks deep into my heart. When I retired in 2001, my wife and I offered our service as missionaries to our Church. We were sent to Nigeria as Humanitarian missionaries for 16 months. This was a refining experience and we gained a new appreciation for the Lord Jesus Christ and his watch care over all his children. We later served in for two years in Korea where my wife was the mission secretary and I handled the mission finances. Currently we serve as Family History Consultants helping people trace their family tree. This is a satisfying work as linking the generations brings stability and sense of purpose to the reason why God created families. We will soon have 30 grandchildren and one great grandchild. They are the joy of our lives. Life is so good.

Why I am a Mormon

My brother felt that a baby was so pure and precious. He could not accept the doctrine of our then current church that babies not baptized who died went to hell. He left the church and began learning about other churches. One day two Mormon missionaries knocked on his door. In his heart he said, "I'll get rid of these guys." He asked them if they baptized babies. They said they did not. He said, "Come on in. I want to talk to you." After investigating the Church for a year he was baptized. A couple of years later he invited my younger brother and me to attend the Church after obtaining the permission of our mother. We loved it from the first Sunday we attended. The people were so friendly and the Church held an Investigators class where questions could be asked. When told about the Book of Mormon being recorded on golden plates, I had no problem with this. I knew that gold did not corrode, was soft enough to be engraved and relatively plentiful anciently. I thought, "If I lived more than a thousand years ago and I wanted to preserve a message for future generations, I would make the record on gold plates." Both my younger brother and I were baptized and became members of the Church in January 1954. That fall I enrolled in BYU where I took a Book of Mormon class. The book became and has remained my favorite book. I have read it many times and each time it continues to strengthen my faith and resolve to endure to the end of my life. I know the Book of Mormon is true, having personally received a witness from the Holy Ghost. My wife and I have been married now for 51 years. We look forward to an eternal relationship, having been married for time and all eternity in the Los Angeles Temple in 1961.

How I live my faith

I learned early from King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon, who taught, "And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." (Book of Mormon | Mosiah 2:17) Service to others has been a goal of mine throughout life. Our Church is one with a lay ministry and those who serve are not monetarily compensated. This concept of avoiding priest-craft or a paid ministry has made service all the sweeter. I love to serve and the reward is one that an old timer once said, "Them that does the Lord's work, gets the Lord's pay." I have found this to be abundantly true.