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Hi I'm Rich

I met my wife country dancing. She was wearing a yellow shirt. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of three brothers. We were all huge babies. 9lbs, 10lbs, and 8lbs respectively. Our poor mother:). I love fishing and basketball. I have taken some fun trips fishing to Alaska, and have been a Utah Jazz season ticket holder on more than one occasion. Somehow I chose to become a doctor and am in my 3rd year of medical school. The best decision I ever made was to marry my beautiful wife Natalie! We actually met country swing dancing. When we got married, the next week I moved her for 2 years to the Cayman Islands where I attended medical school. We had lots of fun adventures in the Caymans. She is my best friend. We now live in Orlando, Florida right now, along with Mickey Mouse, and Shamu as I continue my education.

Why I am a Mormon

It is true that I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-saints, or Mormon, but I still had to figure out what I believed. When I was 18 years old I had the opportunity to visit my cousins in Indiana with my mother. We drove across the country from Utah. On our way back home my mother really wanted to visit a place called Carthage jail in Illinois. This is a Mormon historical site, because it is where the Prophet Joseph Smith was assassinated. I really did not want to go, because it was a good 4-5 hours out of the way and would impede our progress. I made my mother cry in fact. I reluctantly went. Previously, I had been struggling with the story of Joseph Smith. I had always accepted the Book of Mormon, and enjoyed reading it, but I was not fully converted. As I stood in the jail cell where Joseph Smith was slain, a tape recording was being played depicting the events that took place on that day. I remember a feeling come over me of calmness and peace, and a powerful warmth came into my heart. This feeling affected and stirred my soul, and I will never forget it. At that time I was very happy and reassured because I knew that the gospel of Jesus Christ was true. I came to the knowledge that day that the true gospel of Christ had been restored to the earth through a modern day prophet Joseph Smith. As Mormons we don't worship Joseph Smith as he is just a man, but I gained a testimony of the truth of what the Lord taught him.

How I live my faith

I am thankful for the relationships I have been able to create with people from church. When we lived in Grand Cayman I was able to become friends with many people in the congregation. The thing I loved about it is we felt like a family, and even though I was far away from my place of birth, I was home. One of the members of the church Richard Bodden reminded me of my grandfather. He loved to go fishing, and hunting as well as tell stories much like my grandfather. He even took me Barracuda fishing. What an experience! We were also able to have meaningful conversations about our Savior Jesus Christ, as well as enjoy the things that He has created for us. As I have moved around the last few years my life has changed in many aspects. One thing that has not changed is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is always there when I need it. When I need advice I can always pray to my Heavenly Father, or read his words in the scriptures.