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Hi I'm Richard Mason

I am a nuclear Materials Engineer. I am a Mormon

About Me

I was born in 1948 and married in 1974. I graduated from North Sevier High School in 1966, obtained a BA degree in Physics from BYU, a MS degree from the U of U in Material Science & Engineering, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in Nuclear Engineering. I live in Los Alamos New Mexico and my six children graduated from college with a Bachelor’s degree or higher. My church service included a counselor in the Stake Presidency, Scouting District Committee member, High Councilman, Bishop and bishopric member, Young Men's President, Varsity Coach, Ward Scouting Coordinator, a Scoutmaster, and a Priest Quorum Advisor leader and a Albuquerque temple ordinance worker. I served a mission in 1967 to 1969 in the North German Mission and with my wife in the Alpine-German Speaking Mission. My professional career began at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) modeling nuclear fuel performance and characterizing tested fuel in INEL hot cells. In 1983, I accepted a position at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and I worked at the LANL until 2012. I accepted an early retirement opportunity so that I could go on a mission a few years earlier than originally planned. My career included manager positions, project leader and nuclear materials engineering. I coordinated posttest examinations of irradiated fuel and completed irradiation behavior analyses on advanced nuclear fuels. I fabricated fuel and helped develop the UN fabrication process for space reactors.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Because I know that there is a life after death and the doctrine of the Mormon faith corresponds with my experience. I have prayed and my prayers have been answered confirming that there is a God who watches over me. I have read the Book of Mormon many times have had the Holy Ghost testify to me that it was translated by Joseph Smith and it is a document of an ancient people but written in such a way that it is pertinent for our day and our time and our circumstances. I have confirmation through the Holy Ghost that the leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a prophet of the Lord and the Lord leads his church today.

How I live my faith

On my missions I have grown to understand that faith is a choice. And, because I have made that choice the Lord has blessed me greatly. I have, over the years, worked with scouts and have enjoyed teaching the youth. I served my church in many capacities never receiving monetary compensation for my service and often that service required many hours during the week in addition to focusing on the needs of my wife and children and working full time on research projects at a national laboratory. My family is very important to me and I am to them. We all work and serve the church, in our chosen work disciplines and in family activities. We read the scriptures each day individually and as a family. We pray over our meals and pray individually and as a family. We attend church every Sunday as well church and community activities during the week.