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Hi I'm Richard Shipp

I was born in Utah, but now live in Idaho. I LOVE to golf! I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I received my education at Southern Utah University, and then attended Utah State University, and received my bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. I have been working as a design engineer ever since I graduated in 1990. I am an avid scratch golfer. My ultimate goal is to one day get a hole-in-one, but it hasn't happened yet!

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the church my entire life. I received my personal witness of the truthfulness of this gospel as a teenager, and from that time always had a desire to serve a mission for the church and share this message with the world. I had the opportunity of serving in the wonderful country of Japan, and learned to speak the Japanese language. The reason that I am a member of this church is because of the focus in family relationships, and being able to be with your family even after this life has ended. That is what temples are for.....is to provide a bond between you and your children, and be able to be together for eternity. A close second reason that I'm a member of this church is because of the values that it teaches young people, and from a very young age instills gospel principles into them to make them better friends, fathers, husbands, and professionals.

How I live my faith

For most of my life after returning from Japan serving as a full-time missionary, I have worked with the youth in the wards I've been a member of. I love spending time with the young men camping, hiking, boating, and learning about the gospel. I enjoy watching this young men grow into men, and gaining a solid foundation of high morals. I think this is why I also enjoyed officiating high school basketball. I love watching these young men work together in accomplishing something as a team/unit, and finding success and satisfaction in doing so.