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Hi I'm Richard

I was born into a Military family, served in the Military, had a son serve in the Military, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of three wonderful children. I have been married for 21 years and have two grandchildren on the way! I enjoy spending time with my family, anything outdoors, and I especially love the beach. I have found a passion for teaching and speaking publically and I thrive on meeting new people and learning about them. My testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ is everything to me and it has forever shaped my life and were it not for my testimony I would not have the family that I have.

Why I am a Mormon

I came back to church after I had a motorcycle accident in September of 1997. I always felt like something was missing in my life. I could not find anything that gave me lasting happiness until after my accident. I spent several months recovering from my injuries and during that time I thought a lot about my life, my family, and my choices. What would have happened to my family if I had died in my accident and what would have happened to me after death? Did God really exist, was there really anything out there after death? Did life have meaning? I now know that God does exist, that there is life after death because of Jesus Christ, and that happiness in this life can be found only in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have found a joy that is eternal. My life have forever been changed and I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Lord's Church on the earth today! My accident not only provided a means for me to seek many answers to questions that I had about life but it also saved my family. I have been on a spiritual journey of self discovery for the past year and I'm often amazed at how the Church provides so many opportunities for individual growth and testimony building experiences.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by looking for opportunities to lift and serve others. I found long ago that helping others provides meaning in my life. I firmly believe that when we lose ourselves in the service of others that we truly find ourselves. We all have something to offer and we all can add great value to our communities, our coworkers, and our families. I'm slowly learning that by small and simple means God brings about great things. I used to look for large opportunities to serve but now I try to find as many "small" opportunities as I can. I want to be a source of light to those around me by sharing my testimony and love for the Savior by the way I live my life. I also want to help others rekindle or find their faith in our Savior and his plan of salvation and the restoration of the gospel.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Richard
People often wonder why missionaries knock on doors and try to teach other Christians. I have been asked why we teach people who already believe in Jesus Christ. Missionaries are command to take the message of the restoration of the Lord's church once again on the earth. The message that the missionaries share will bless all who are willing to listen. Missionaries teach that God has performed a marvelous work and a wonder in our day. Missionaries proselyte to answer some of the questions that people have that have not been answered through their own faith. I'd say that one of the most important reasons why missionaries proselyte is because of the love they have for all people! Missionaries dedicate and give anywhere from 18-24 months of their lives to the work of the Lord, to share something that has forever changed their lives. I can't imagine anyone who whould not want to share something that has brough them tremendous happiness and joy. Show more Show less