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Hi I'm Rich

I'm currently enjoying serving as a missionary in the England London South Mission and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm twenty years old. I've completed one semester of university but have taken a break for two years to serve a mission in the England London South Mission. When I return home I plan to finish my bachelor's degree in physics. I'm the oldest child in my family so I feel it's really important to be a good example to my younger siblings. I have amazing parents who raised me up learning about the gospel, for which I am very grateful. I'm loving serving my mission right now. There's nothing else I'd rather be doing.

Why I am a Mormon

Initially I was a Mormon because my parents were. But as time went on I realized that I needed to figure out what I believed for myself. I started with an academic approach, researching all I could about the Book of Mormon, but no matter how much I searched I couldn't find any scientific evidence that absolutely validated the Book of Mormon, but neither could it be disproved. Eventually I decided that if there was a God, He would answer me if I asked him whether the church was true. I did so and I felt a very unique, peaceful feeling enter my heart. It took time before I could accept this as an answer to my prayer. My scientific mind wanted something more substantial, but I now realize that all the scientific evidence in the world couldn't help me believe more than that quiet peaceful feeling did. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church restored on the earth. I know that the Book of Mormon is a true book and that Joseph Smith translated it by the power of God. Joseph Smith is a prophet of God just as Thomas S. Monson is a prophet today. Nothing can take this knowledge away from me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to continually asking myself what the Savior would do. He was the perfect example and I want to be as much like Him as I can. I'm convinced that it's not hard to figure out what is right and wrong. We're all born with a conscience and the ability to tell the difference between good and bad. The hard bit is actually doing it. There are lots of things that can stop me from doing what I should but I think the biggest one is fear. Being a missionary has really taught me that when we step out of our comfort zone and try our very best to do what the Savior would do he gives us the strength we need to overcome our weaknesses.