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Hi I'm Rick

Teaching students to be critical thinkers is a challenge, but also a blessing. I'm an educator, I'm a Texan and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Education is a continual process. I try to learn something everyday and I encourage my students to do the same - inside of the classroom and outside as well. Something I learned early in life was that Jesus Christ is real and loves each of us. I have also learned that Jesus will help us through our toughest trials providing comfort and more. When I'm not teaching or reading over assignments, I'm usually reading a newspaper or a magazine. I also enjoy spending time with my wife, children and grandchild. Before I went into teaching I was fortunate to have worked at a San Antonio TV station for 16 years as an editor-producer-reporter, or whatever else I could get involved in. I also worked for CBS Newspath as a Regional Producer for 3 years. I found that I enjoyed teaching my fellow employees things so much, that I went into teaching. Ironic indeed, because I was anything but a model student when I was in high school.

Why I am a Mormon

I fell in love with a Mormon girl over 30 years ago. Her sweet nature and concern for others was something that I admired and it was obvious that her loving nature was a product of her faith. I always thought Mormons were weird and that my wife just had to be the exception. I was wrong. After attending a few church meeting with her I was very impressed with the people and the way they worshiped. But I wasn't about to join at that time. I was too busy living a selfish life and didn't want to commit to a lifestyle that would cause me to give up my bad habits. It took 17 years for me to wise up and commit to being a member and getting baptized. I regret my procrastination and am grateful for my Heavenly Father's patience (and my wife's as well). I didn't receive an epiphany or any life changing circumstance. I just woke up one morning and knew it was true, although I probably knew in my heart all along that I needed to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

Because of my love for Christ it's hard for me to NOT be happy. My faith has conditioned me to be an optimist and to try to look for ways to help others. I have also been blessed to know that I don't always have to have the final word and to be a better listener than a speaker. Everyone has problems and I know that, but I also know that Jesus Christ will help us through ALL difficulties and I try to share that thought with others, especially those who are faced with difficult situations. I love my family and students, and I am blessed to have a church family that I love as well.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Pray and faithfully wait for an answer. Heavenly Father wants you to know that Mormonism is true, but it's important for you interest to be sincere. Once you have your answer, try living Mormonism. You'll notice a change immediately! Show more Show less