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Hi I'm Richard

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired State of Alabama employee, having worked at Disability Determination Services for nearly 30 years. In 2013 my wife and I moved to Harrogate, Tennessee (Cumberland Gap area).. We love it here. My hobbies include walking, reading, and doing what I can to serve the Lord. I am a cancer survivor.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church Of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints for about 16 years. My conversion happened over years. It was a gradual thing, happening so slowly that I almost did not realize that I had gained a testimony. When my wife and I were married in 1975, I was pretty much against any religion, but her constant sweet example softened me over the years. When we first moved to a new town in Alabama in 1983 I was asked (as a non-member) to help out with the Boy Scout troop sponsored by the Church. I eventually became deeply involved with the Scout program, serving in various capacities in our Scout district (in addition to Scoutmaster), one of which involved training other adults. I found that when folks found out I worked with an LDS troop, they had questions about the faith, many of which I found myself unable to answer, which led to study. This study led to reading (and re-reading) the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants, as well as other Church material, basically so that I could answer questions asked of me. During this time many missionaries came and went, most of whom visited my home. After many years I began to soften in my outlook on things and began to do more than just read, I began to read and earnestly pray and ponder as to the truthfulness of what I had read. It finally came to me that the Gospel is true, but I was reluctant to be baptized. However, after receiving invitations from many, from the Branch President to the Prophet himself, I agreed to accept the invitation. I have not regretted that decision, nor looked back since. I know the Church is true and I testify to you and all that are willing to hear of that truthfulness.

How I live my faith

I try to live a Christlike life by being obedient to the things my Heavenly Father has asked me to do. As much as possible I attend all Church meetings every Sunday. I strive to magnify my callings by being as well informed in the the things the Lord has asked me to do. I really enjoy helping the full time missionaries by transporting them places when possible and by visiting investigators with them. The latter gives me a great opportunity to share my testimony with those individuals who are seeking to have a relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. I have served in numerous callings in the years I have been a member of the Church, but my favorite was teaching youth and working with the Boy Scouts as a volunteer leader.