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Hi I'm Richard Angel

I have arrested more than 800 felons before a career ending drug arrest, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of six and thus far grandfather to eight. Our family has performed musically across the country and into Mexico. I am retired from law enforcement after having fallen from a second story building during a drug arrest. As a criminal investigator I have investigated various types of crimes to include homicide, financial crimes and child abuse. I currently work on assignment with LDS Marine Recruits every Sunday helping them to work their way through Marine Corps basic training. I have played and coached football and wrestling at the high school and college level. I converted to the "Mormon" Church along with my wife when we were twenty-one years old. It was the best decision we ever made and the experiences we have had have been priceless!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in another church where we would attend just to be seen. I went through my childhood and teenage years with very little religious training and experience, however, I was generally a loving and caring guy. I was a defender of those smaller and weaker... I kind of had a super hero type desire... I married a very religious woman who was a bit disenchanted with her church. We were high school sweethearts and very much in love. We wanted more purpose in our existence and really wanted to understand why we were here on this earth and where we were headed. We had just married and were told we were only married till we died. When we were introduced to LDS missionaries we devoured everything they taught us and then did more research on our own. We knew that if we joined the Church our families would not be happy. We also knew we could not deny the feeling of the Holy Spirit that we felt when we truly prayed to know what was true. We joined the Church in 1983 and have never regretted the decision. We knew what we were doing was right for us and would be wonderful for our eventual family. We were so right. We have grown in the Church and have experience all that the Church has to offer us and our family. It has given us the opportunity to interact with wonderful people and to help those who are truly in need of a friend or of spiritual enlightenment. I have learned to be a leader and a proficient public speaker. I have watched our children grow as people, really good people. All five of our sons are Eagle Scouts and thus far the first four have served Church missions throughout the world. We are a happy Mormon family. We were good people who are continually improved upon as we continue to obey Gods commandments. I know God is real and Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. This knowledge brings great blessings and lots of comfort. Follow Christ, his teachings and his example, have been such a blessing and I share this in His Holy Name!

How I live my faith

I try to be honest in everything I do. I work to be compassionate and to serve whenever possible. I hope to be an example of someone who can remain both cool and valiant at the same time. I have served congregations twice as their bishop, which is essentially their pastor, and have worked with scouts as well over the years. I currently serve in the leadership of a military branch of the Church helping young men who are generally struggling mentally and physically because of the training they are undertaking. I have also run for a seat in the US Congress years ago. The experience was illuminating! Serving my family is most rewarding.... teaching correct principles and guiding children and their young families as they work to make their own way in this challenging world. It has become clear to me that time invested in the lives of our children and grandchildren is time well spent. Watching children and young adults make great decisions is so fulfilling and brings a sense of peace to a parent and grandparent. My wife and I take every opportunity to serve our family.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Richard Angel
Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. He is the only begotten of the Father and he is real, not a fairy tale or a make believe character. He is our great Teacher who suffered greatly so that we all might experience eternal life. He died for us and rose again overcoming death. Because he did that we will all enjoy the gift of the resurrection. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Richard Angel
A husband and wife ought to really love and honor one another. A husband should treat his wife as the queen that she is or can be. Together they share the responsibility of raising and teaching children who are so precious in the sight of God. We parents have been given such a powerful and sweet opportunity to help children return to their Father in Heaven. Marriage and children are wonderful if the relationships are approached with a great deal of love and respect. Supporting interests and activities of family members brings all closer together and adds to the joy that families should be. Show more Show less