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Hi I'm Richard

I live in Northern NJ, am married with two kids, AND I LOVE LIFE!! I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm in my early thirties. My wife and I have been together since 2001 when we met in Culinary School. We have two beautiful boys. Some of my interests include hiking, nature, fishing, hunting, taking small road trips with the family. I like to read about American history, biographies, books on hobbies that interest me, books on personal development, books on different philosophy's. I LOVE FOOD!! I have a degree in Culinary Arts. I have worked as a cook, corporate Chef, as well as a Sales Representative for a couple of NY's finest Specialty Meat Distributors. Sustainability and animal husbandry is important to me. Food is not just about nourishment, it is a way of life for me. One day I was delivering fresh whole suckling pigs to one of NY cities finest restaurants and the chef began to "break it down" as soon as a put it down. He began to speak to me about the industry. The following words he said to me rocked me to the core. He put to words what I felt for years. He said, "Rich, the work we do is not logical. The amount of hours and hard work we have to put in to accomplish what we do does not make sense. We don't do it becuase it makes sense; WE DO IT BECAUSE WE LOVE IT!" I believe a positive attitude and a never quit philosophy are crucial to succeeding in life. Wheather it is succeeding in business, marriage, parenthood, sports.... whatever. You have to be 100% committed and never quit. My philosophy is simple, "LIFE IS GOOD!!"

Why I am a Mormon

My "conversion" to the Christ started in July of 2008. I had left the Hospitality industry for a couple of years and I was working for a very large and reputable Financial Services Company. I met with a client and helped her with her mortgage and some of her investments. When I was done, she threw her arms around me and said, "You are an angel, God put you in my life." Those words had such an impact on me. I had always believed in "God", but I never really knew him. It was at that moment that I realized that my purpose in life was to serve others and I told God that I was ready to get to know him. Two weeks later a pair of Missionaries from the Church knocked on our door. For months I would run in and out of my house with the missionaries trying to set up a time to meet with us. Finally on Januray 3rd, 2009, my wife woke me up and said, "Get up and get dressed. The Missionaries will be here in an hour." That following Sunday I went to Church to see "how it felt" and if it was a good fit for us. One week later my wife and I went together and we knew in our hearts that this was the Church for us. We both said that "it just felt right, and we felt at home." Seven weeks later I was baptized. Through the Church I have come to know who Jesus Christ trully is, where I come from, why I am here, and where I am going. I have grown to know my Savior on a personal level, and now understand and know who my Father in Heaven is. I have learned that I am his son, and how much love he has for me. How much love he has for ALL of his children here on earth. Jesus has changed me into the man that I longed to be. I was caught in the rat race called life, always seeking more, and never satisfied. Always with a chip on my shoulder. We were making good money, but something was missing. It still felt so empty. Jesus taught me what trully matters. I have peace in my soul and a family that I will be with for all of Time and Eternity. The love God has for us is infinite.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith as much as I can outside of the Church, as I do inside of the church. We are taught to try and live as Christ like as we can in all aspects of our lives. I may rake leaves for a neighbor, go to the store for an Elderly Neighbor, shovel the yard, be an ear for someone that needs to vent, try to encourage people get to know God and his son Jesus. I have a lot of fun serving in the Church. We may do community projects like helping to clean up after a storm, or cutting and clearing downed trees. Sometimes we visit members that may be sick at home or in the hospital, bringing food to the needy, visiting members in their homes and teaching Gospel lessons. Sometimes the best kind of service project is the quiet one. The one that doesn't get you a big hug, or a hand shake. The one that no one knows you did. At times those are the best because they are between yourself and the Lord. Serving in the Church is a HUGE BLESSING!! You get to meet and know people, develop skills you didn't think you would need. It is an opportunity to learn. The the Lord "calls you to serve" or asks you to do something, you should ALWAYS ANSWER THAT CALL. God does not do things without reasons. Trust in him and have the humility to submit your will to him. That is when the miracles beging to happen.