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Hi I'm Richie Burton

I grew up in Utah, I love my awesome family, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Provo and grew up in Logan, Utah with my parents, two younger sisters,and two younger brothers. All my friends growing up were all LDS, so my first real experience around those of other faiths was on my mission in the Little Rock, Arkansas mission. My parents were both pretty much raised in the church as well, so I had always believed the church was true, but my testimony didn't get it's own feet until I began preparing for my mission. Scripture study, prayers, and experience strengthened my testimony, but the sureness came as knelt and prayed to know that the Book of Mormon is true, and that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. With that foundation, testifying was one of the most satisfying experiences of my life. Peoples lives changed before my eyes, and mine has never been the same since. I gained deep love for the Book of Mormon, and especially for the beloved Prophet. I learned about people and valuable life skills, patience, heartache, love, good food, trust and love for our leaders and apostles, an appreciation for family, the beauty of the earth, this new thing called email, repentance and forgiveness, and so many things only a mission can teach, but most of all, a foundation of dependance and love for my Savior, Jesus Christ. I'm now married to my eternal sweetheart, Angell, and love being a Dad to my amazing three boys. I owe everything I have, and, and hope for to Him, and try to show my gratitude each day.

Why I am a Mormon

I don't even know where to start other than I've always felt this is the true Church of Jesus Christ. As I've grown and lived, I have seen first hand the power the gospel of Jesus has in changing my life. I have witnessed the cleansing and redeeming power of the atonement of Jesus Christ. I have felt true anguish and pain, and then experienced peace and love even more powerful. I have seen real blessings in my life and that of my family as a result of living gospel principles. I have seen sadness from not doing so. But I also know there is always a way back provided for anyone, anywhere, at any time - that is through Jesus Christ. He is the key out of the gates of hell and into eternal love and life with our families and Heavenly Father. He loves us so much, he gave every minute of his short life on earth, every word spoken, every thought, prayer, and service, and ultimately his pure, holy life, that we might be with Him, and even inherit all He was given, forever. We must choose to follow Him, and if we do, we can feel peace in the midst of the worst life has to give, love in the face of hate, and confidence when the world shakes. I love Him. I owe everything I have to Him, and look earnestly to the day when I may kneel at His feet and thank Him for all He has done for me.

How I live my faith

The gospel of Jesus Christ affects everything I do. I seek Him in the morning through prayers and scripture study, that His Spirit will be with me during the day. Even with young children, we read a few verses each day during breakfast to help them build good patterns for. I have a prayer in my heart continually seeking His guidance and inspiration. On days where I do not have His Spirit, I can feel a difference. I'm usually more easily annoyed and less patient. Decisions may seem harder, and love is felt and given less. If I allow Him to guide my every day life, I find things generally go smoother. Whether at home, in my marriage, at work and during travel, or facing difficult times, I have always tried to turn to Him. Having the Spirit in my life is one of my biggest challenges, and yet yields the greatest profit. In working with the missionaries as well as the young men, I have found that the Spirit touches hearts to feel the truth of the gospel, which has the power to change lives as nothing else can.

Are Mormons Christians?

Richie Burton
I have always been fascinated by this question. I served a mission in the South and loved every minute. At first, I was hurt and offended that people would even ask this, but I soon found out it was simply because it was what they were being taught. Yet so many would say, "Well, I knew this one Mormon..." and would almost always continue on with a story about a neighbor or friend who embodied a Christlike disciple. If being a Christian is coming to know Jesus Christ by learning about Him, trying to become like Him, worshiping Him, living ones life to try and be like Him, then the only logical answer is, "Yes!". Jesus taught, "By their fruits ye shall know them." I encourage all who truly desire to know this to read the Book of Mormon. It's only a book, right? Then try it and see what you think. Show more Show less