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Hi I'm Ricky Vaca

I'm in the U.S. Army, I have a wonderful wife named Shelby, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of 5 siblings, I grew up in a semi-small town in California. I made my way out to the rest of the world by enlisting into the U.S. Army. I am currently stationed in South Korea. I have a wonderful wife who supports me in everything that I do, we hope to have kids some day. I am a convert.

Why I am a Mormon

I was 16 when I first discovered the church, and was baptized at age 18 on March 14th 2010 while going through basic training in South Carolina for the Army. Before that day when my very good friend introduced me to her ward, I was lost. I spent most of my days abusing drugs, and attending underage drinking party's with what I thought were, "friends." My Mother who despite has a wonderful heart could never give me any other guidance but a grounding and long talk. I longed to have a relationship with my Heavenly Father, but my Catholic family members just couldn't get through to me. I did not feel God's presence in my life, and I felt as if he had given up on me. Till one day a very good friend asked me to come along with her to church, I knew nothing about the church, except that that all Mormon's lived in Utah (I know now that is not true). I left that day and spent the rest of the week looking forward to attending service again next Sunday. I was truly saved, and I give thanks every day that I found a church that understands my troubled heart.

How I live my faith

I live the Gospel every day, I wake up and I give thanks to my Heavenly Father. I have not been fortunate to participate in many church activities, my job in the military has put a temporary pause on my involvement in the church. But I patiently wait for the day that I am released from active duty in the military, and have an ability to go back home and do anything that my Heavenly Father calls upon me to do. I plan to be very much involved in the church once I am called back to "active duty" in my home ward.