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Hi I'm Richard Anderson

I grew up in Minnesota. I'm a musician and artist. I'm a brother and son. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy singing and baking (sometimes together.) I collect birthstones and crystals as well as pewter. I completed my AA. I'm going on a mission.

Why I am a Mormon

To say that I had a single conversion moment isn't possible. I was born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, and all I've ever known was this Church. But that didn't mean I understood it. Like some of the people I knew I was just going through the motions, and even fell away some too. But growing up in the Church wasn't easy for me, I didn't have a testimony of my own and I was often the subject of bullying even though I am one of the kindest people you could ever want to know. People think that those who grow up in the Church have it so easy and those in the Church think the same for those converted. The truth is that we all need to be converted unto Christ no matter what religion we were brought up in, and it isn't easy but that is what makes it worth all the pain and sorrow of life. I personally became converted over time and due to many little things that happened in my life my faith was made stronger and so was I. Of course the major times I grew in my faith and my conversion was when I had "Hard" trials. These trials not only helped me, but made it easier to understand the Church and what Christ did for us. My most important conversion point was when I was in my young singles branch, at that time I was going through some of my most trying trials, and as a priesthood holder dealing with these I wasn't entitled to the blessings and gifts that the priesthood offered. On one Sunday I was watching the other priesthood holders bless and pass the sacrament, and this pain and weight came over me the like i had never before felt and it lasted for such a long time that all I wanted to do was lie down and die, and it hit me that this must be only a fraction of what Christ went through. The reason this happened was that a thought came into my mind that if I didn't change I wouldn't be able to partake of those blessings. For you see the Lord wont give us anything that he doesn't think we can handle, but if we struggle all we need to do is turn to him.

How I live my faith

I live by example I don't smoke or drink or take harmful drugs of any kind. I was a conductor of music for sacrament. I worked with others on organizing after church lunches for the young single adults.