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Hi I'm Richard

I grew up in North Hollywood, California. My mother was a Mormon but my father was not.

About Me

I'm married and the father of six kids--five daughters and one son. My wife and I are looking forward to serving missions for our church and we look to the Savior as an example and try to be more like him. We are not perfect but we're trying. My wife and I have recently "lost" loved ones and we realize more than ever how important the mission of Jesus Christ is in our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon faith because my mother was a Mormon. My father joined the Mormon Church when I was 17. I saw first-hand how the gospel could change a person for the better. My father's conversion greatly affected my family. At age 19, I served a two-year mission in Quebec where I learned to speak French and where I was blessed with several testimony-strengthening experiences. On one occasion, my missionary companion and I accidentally boarded the wrong bus (although it was the bus we always took we thought) and found ourselves in a strange area, far from our apartment. We walked towards our apartment and were both struck with the thought that perhaps we were "supposed" to be where we were for some unknown reason. We decided to backtrack a block where I had first had that feeling and we began going door-to-door to share our message. We were invited in by one elderly gentleman and over the next few months we taught him and he decided to join the Mormon Church. He spoke in church following his baptism and explained for the first time in his life he had decided to pray to God to get help in learning about His Son, Jesus Christ. He amazed me when he said, he had prayed and then about an hour later, we knocked on his door. As I reflect back on that day where we took the wrong bus and subsequently were in his neighborhood, I realize we were actually lead to this brother and finding him was no accident but a true miracle. To think I was an instrument in God's hands helps to strengthen my testimony of what I was doing and of the important message I was sent to deliver.

How I live my faith

My wife and I pray several times a day and read the scriptures each evening--well most evenings. We attend church meetings on Sunday and we both have assignments that we carry out each week. I serve at the Mission Training Center where new missionaries go to learn how to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and represent the Mormon Church appropriately. Recently I was teaching the 10-year olds on Sunday but I am now awaiting a new assignment since we recently were reassigned to another congregation based on the location of our home.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ really lived, that He was and is God’s Son. It contains the writings of ancient prophets. One of these, Lehi, lived in Jerusalem around 600 B.C. God commanded Lehi to lead a small group of people to the American continent. There they became a great civilization. God continued to call prophets among these people. The Book of Mormon is a collection of the writings of their prophets and record keepers. It is named after Mormon, one of the last of these ancient prophets. These prophets knew about Heavenly Father’s plan for His children and the mission of Jesus Christ. They recorded that Christ appeared, after His Resurrection, to the people in America, taught them His gospel, and formed His Church among them. The book contains the teachings of Jesus Christ, testifying of His Atonement and His love. It supports and verifies the Bible. The Book of Mormon concludes with a great promise that those who read it and sincerely pray about it can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true (Moroni 10:4). Show more Show less