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Hi I'm Russell H. Burdick, Jr.

I was born in Northern California but raised in Arizona. My lovely wife of 41 yrs and I are serving as missionaries. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to my lovely wife for 41 years. In order to apply to go on our mission I had to retire early from a high paying job. We have 5 children and 11 grandchildren with 2 more on the way and 3 step-grandchildren. Our youngest grandchild was born about a month ago. Sadly, our first granddaughter died at the age of 31 days-we miss her but we look to the resurrection and are convinced we will see her in the next life. She would have been 9 years old. I am an attorney and former criminal prosecutor. My last job was as a corporate compliance officer.

Why I am a Mormon

In the Doctrine and Covenants we learn that God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit-one way being by communicating with us through our mind and our heart. I had grown up in the church and believed in what I had been taught but after being married and having several children I was able to travel to Western Illinois with my good wife and visit some of the LDS church historic sites. Late on a Monday afternoon we went to visit the Carthage jail the place where the prophet Joseph Smith was martyred. We were late and the missionaries who were serving there were about to close up but when they saw the two of us they relented and said okay you can visit but you will be the last tour. They let us sit for a long time by ourselves in the room where Joseph Smith was shot. As we sat there in contemplation a voice came into my mind and said. "Joseph Smith is no fable" and then the spirit touched my heart and I knew that God was telling me that Joseph Smith truly saw God the Father and Jesus Christ his son and that through Joseph Smith the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored along with the church that existed in Christ's time. After that witness I could not deny it. Though I have felt the spirit in my life many times, this experience has become a defining moment in my life, so I can testify that God lives; that he loves all his children including me; that we do have modern prophets; and that as we follow the Savior's plan we will become more like him and will eventually be able to return and live with our Father in Heaven

How I live my faith

My wife and I had talked for years about applying to serve a senior couple mission for our church. In 2011 for various reasons it became clear that if we did not leave soon we may not be able to serve. So I told the CEO where I was employed that I intended to retire early and would not be working with the corporation by the end of 2011. In order to serve as missionaries for the LDS (Mormon) Church members must have their financial affairs in order. The world economy had taken its recent intense downturn and our finances were part of that depression. For example we had mortgages on rental properties that were underwater and without the job it seemed impossible to pay payments on the mortgage where we lived. As we counseled together it became clear that if we could sell our residence and use the residual money to pay off one of our rentals we could move our belongings into the rental and hope that our daughter could keep our other two properties rented so we would be able to avoid subsidizing those payments too much. We determined what we needed to get for the sale of our residence in order to make this work which was the amount for which it appraised. We were told by a local realtor that he could not sell our home for the amount that would get us what we needed because of his fee. But my good wife said that if the Lord wanted us to serve a mission he would see that it worked out. Within two days after placing a for sale by owner sign in the front yard we were contacted by the purchasers. We told them how much we needed to sell the home for-they agreed and now we serve as missionaries in the Caribbean islands. We have gotten to know some of the nicest people in the world and we know that the Lord looks out for those who are willing to serve him. We have been blessed.