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Hi I'm Rick Smith

I'm a missionary, ball player, history lover, a Utahn, I love my Savior, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Orem, Utah. My family comes through a line of pioneers. We have been members our whole lives. I enjoy playing sports, basketball being my favorite. I played it in high school and also ran track. My favorite thing to do is just to be with my friends and family. I grew up in a dance studio where I danced for 15 years. I've performed at many places around the country. Travelling the world is a dream of mine. Vacationing is the best! I am currently a missionary for the church and I'm serving in the New York, New York South Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member my whole life, I still had to develope my own testimony. I didn't have one big moment when I knew that the LDS church was true. But my conversion came over time as I diligently prayed and read the Book of Mormon, as well as tried to live the best I could in harmony with Jesus Christ and His teachings. I have seen first hand the blessings that come from following the example of Jesus Christ. I know that no greater happiness can come from anywhere else than striving to live your life like the Savior's. In no other church that I know of does the promise of living forever with your family in the presence of God show up. Especially the concept of becoming like our Heavenly Father. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and He wants to give me all that He has. He blesses my life each day, and I am happy to repay Him by following His commandments. I am a Mormon because I recognize the blessings I've been given. I know this is Christ's true church, and the only path that leads to eternal life with my family and my Heavenly Father. I want to share this great knowledge and testimony with everyone.

How I live my faith

At the moment I am living my faith as the strongest one probably could. As a missionary of the church I am on the Lord's time 24/7. From the time I wake up to the time I fall asleep, I am doing the Father's will. I have been called to serve in the New York, New York South Mission, speaking Spanish. It takes a lot of faith to leave all you have behind to come serve the Lord for 2 years. But considering all the wonderful things my Heavenly Father has given to me, this is the least I can do to repay Him. But as I've been out here, I feel more of His blessings now than I ever had before. It's hard not to live faithfully when so much has been given to me because of my faith. I will continue to live faithfully throughout the rest of my life with whatever calling I am asked to do. Growing up I was part of different youth group presidencies, as well as scout callings. Each one has strengthened my faith. As for the next 2 years or so, my whole attention is to bring people unto Christ, by helping them practice and exercise their faith. This gospel is where true happiness that lasts through the eternities comes from. It is my hope to share this happiness with as many people as will listen.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Rick Smith
Grace today is looked at more as a right than a privelage. It's just something that we receive, nothing we have to work for. That is a scary and incorrect mentality to have. It is written that no unclean thing can enter the presence of God. Yes, it is by grace that we become clean, but we must do our part to receive it. Through Christ's Atonement He satisfied the demands of justice. When we are brought to the judgement bar of God, it is Jesus Christ who will plead for our mercy. For He experienced everything we went through, and knows the circumstances on which we made each decision. Throught Christ's Atonement we may obtain mercy. But we must first apply the Atonement in our lives. A broken heart and a contrite spirit is what we offer to the Lord as a sacrifice to be forgiven of our sins, with the promise and intention to obey His commandments from then on. If we do these things sincerely (God knows the intent of your heart) then will grace be given to us and we can be made clean to enter into the Kingdom of God. Christ suffered to redeem men FROM their sins, not to redeem men IN their sins. Show more Show less