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Hi I'm Richard F. Parrish

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 7 children and soon to be 12 grandchildren. I am finishing up a career of more than 30 years working for the same company as a sales professional and manager. I graduated from the University of Utah with both a Bachelors and Masters degree. I have volunteered in many different organizations from the Boy Scouts to Crime Stoppers. I enjoy reading, watching my children participate in school activities, walking and hiking and helping others around me.

Why I am a Mormon

Having grown up as a member of a family who belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I don’t remember when I first gained a testimony. I grew up attending church meetings on a regular basis. My friends and neighbors were all members of the Church. I was blessed as a baby, baptized and confirmed when I was eight years old, had the Aaronic Priesthood conferred upon me when I was twelve and ordained to the offices of that priesthood (Deacon, Teacher, & Priest) each time I became the appropriate age. I participated in the activities of my local ward all during my growing-up years. I probably had opportunities to vocalize what I believed during those years, but I don’t remember any of those occasions until I spoke in Sacrament meeting prior to leaving as a missionary for the Church in December of 1997. I really believe it was during the time I served as a missionary in Mexico that I truly developed a testimony and formalized what I knew and believed about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As I studied, prayed and taught others about the Church, I had confirmed by the Holy Ghost, time and again, the truthfulness of what I was learning and teaching. I still remember today the feelings I had as I listened to Brother Spencer W. Kimball at General Conference during my stay at the Language Training Mission in Provo, Utah. I knew what he was saying was the truth and God’s word. I still remember today the feelings I would have as I bore testimony (in Spanish) to investigator after investigator of the truthfulness of the things I was teaching them. Those are feelings which I continue to have today as I listen to prophets and apostles speak, as I study the scriptures, as I hear others bear testimonies of the truthfulness of the Gospel, as I pray and experience the confirmations of the Holy Ghost. That “burning in my bosom,” that feeling of peace and confidence is what I know is God’s way of letting me know that my beliefs are true.

How I live my faith

I have served as a bishop, teacher, counselor in stake presidency, as a member of the stake high council, ward missionary leader, young mens' leader and in various other callings in my local ward. I have served on various board of directors of non-profit organizations and am currently serving on the board of the local Boy Scout council. I donate platelets monthly and help many other charities in both financial and physical ways.