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Hi I'm Rick Thorne

I live in New Jersey. I run a construction company and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Dad of four great kids, a son David-25, curtainly serving a mission in Roseville CA and 3 daughters Arli-24 is married,a Elementary School teacher and she had my first grandchild Avery Collete in July 2012 . Danille-21 is a Sophomore at BYU studing Elementary Educaiton and Taylor-17 a Junior in High School playing Varsity Basketball and getting great grades. I have beautiful wife Lorri-32 forever and a great Special Education Teacher. I love my family and having a family. My family moved to Utah in 2011 but I run a construction company in New Jersey, so I commute between Utah and NJ. The company provides basic Home Improvement services and Masonry services. I graduated from BYU in Finance I have been a Boy Scout for over 40yrs. I started as a Cub Scout, became an Eagle Scout at 14 and have served as a Scoutmaster and many other positions. Aside from the gospel of Jesus Christ nothing has done more to change or mold my life. I love fishing, camping, hiking, archery, shooting, swimming, tubing, skiing, snorkeling, 4-wheelin, road trips, miniature golf, watching sunsets, saltwater aquariums, watching movies, reading, cooking-especially barbecue, Pico de gallo, hot wings w/blue cheese dressing and salads, strawbery-rubarb pie with milk, REAL sub-sandwiches and NY pizza, Rita's mango gellato, all Mexican Food especially chips and salsa and good fish taco's, trucks with big tires, digital photography, detailing cars, cutting grass and college Football.

Why I am a Mormon

My story begins as my parents were tracked out by missionary's in NJ almost 44 years ago. I was the first child baptized in the New Scotch Plains building in May of 1971. So you could say I grew up in the church. However, I think we all, no matter the religion of our parents must as we become adults, choose to follow the teachings of our parents or not. I remember in my senior year of High School being torn between the gospel and the desire to be normal, Not the only Mormon in my school. I rebelled and stopped attending church. I started dating girls form school. I just thought church occupied too much of my time, but these feelings began to change as i entered College and ended abruptly the summer of 1982. That summer I was bored I wanted an adventure. I happen to got to church and heard someone talking about an outdoor play, Hill Cummorh Pageant, in NY and that their were a lot of Girls and they flew in from out west. I wanted to go! I put in my application for cast very late and they said I probably wouldn't get accepted. However, I got accepted and was off on a Girl Scouting adventure. But God had other plans. When I arrived, the girls didn't disappoint. However, as the 3 week adventure unfolded I found myself pondering the teachings of my parents and the church. I started to read a little of the Book of Mormon and I prayed. I prayed in the woods and on top of the mountain. I remember other young men receiving letters from the church calling them to serve as missionary's. Then one night after the show, I was on top of the Hill Cummorah and looked out over the dispersing crowds and asked God if this whole gospel thing was real. I remember how small I felt, the starlit sky above the many people and cars below. The spirit swept over me like a lightening bolt. It whispered it was TRUE, Jesus was MY Saviour. Heavenly Father loved ME. Joseph Smith was a prophet and I needed to go on a Mission, NOW! It was Aug,2 and on Oct. 22, I was a missionary.

How I live my faith

I have always tried to live a trustworthy life. I'm that guy that will always stop to help you if your car has broken down. Give you money if your bold enough to stand with a sign, in traffic and plead for charity. I will buy you a meal if you need food or give you a job if you need work. I have tried to live the Scout Oath and Law my whole life. I believe the motto too "Do a good turn daily". I have also begun helping in my local Navy League Council. The Navy League provides civilian support of Navy, Marine, Coast Guard families. We sold funnel cakes last year at the Metuchen country Fair and raised $1000. I currently travel between NJ and UT monthly, so I can't really help my congregation in a traditional sense. So I started a missionary bulletin board in NJ with pictures, contact info, a map and letters from the missionary's. I think this helps those without computers or just anyone passing by, stay connected to missionaries serving from their congregations.