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Hi I'm Richard

I'm a Mormon. I joined the Church in 1971 beginning the most incredible journey of my life.

About Me

After being a member of the Church a year I served a mission in Sao Paulo, Brasil. I was sealed (married in the temple) in 1974. I have four sons. I graduated from Idaho State University in 1992 and currently teach mathematics and biological sciences in high school. I love to read and do family history work. Currently I have the opportunity to work in the Idaho Falls Temple.

Why I am a Mormon

I was first introduced to the Church by reading the Book of Mormon. As I read I felt the Spirit of the Lord testify to my soul that the book is true and the religion who published the book was His true Church. I have had many experiences that have testified to my soul that The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the one true church on Earth today.

How I live my faith

As a teacher I have the opportunity to work with young people on a daily basis. I try to put into practice the principles that the Savior taught and lived throughout His ministry, such as loving and serving in whatever way I can.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Any member of the church who is determined worthy by their local leader may enter the Temple. The ordinances of the Temple are so sacred that they are not discussed outside of the Temple. It is a matter of sacred, rather than secret. In the Temple we are taught the truths of eternity and receive the ordinances that will bring us back to the presence of our Heavenly Father. Many, many people have lived on the Earth without the opportunity in this life to receive these teachings and ordinances. We have the opportunity to act as proxy's in their place and perform this work for them. This does not mean they are 'forced' into the Church. Rather, in the next life these persons of their own free will may either accept or reject the work done in their behalf. Show more Show less