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Hi I'm Richie Angel

I've written over 100 songs, I'm an actor, a writer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 18 years old, and I recently earned my associate's degree in Social and Behavioral Science from MiraCosta College, a nearby community college. I'm currently serving a two-year church mission in Rancagua, Chile, which began in June 2013. I enjoy writing/playing music in my downtime, and I've composed close to 100 songs. I've performed all over northern San Diego County, and I've won a couple Battle of the Bands. I like to act, both on stage and in front of a camera, and I hope to write/direct/act in movies someday. I won an award in 2012 for Best Actor in a youth community theater competition. I also like playing sports from time to time, especially hockey, football, soccer, and team handball. I'm the youngest of six kids, a girl followed by five boys, all of my siblings are now married, and I'm an uncle to eight nephews and two nieces, with a couple more on the way.

Why I am a Mormon

I honestly don't know why I wouldn't be a Mormon. The Gospel makes me happy. I see a lot of people around me who do a lot of things for pleasure or temporary gain, but none of those things ever last. The joy that can be found in Christ, however, lasts for eternity. My parents were baptized shortly after they were married, before any of my siblings were born. Since then, my family has grown together in the Gospel, learning how to love, serve, and find peace. One of the greatest things about this Church is its focus on families. When families are sealed to each other in the Temple, we believe that family members will be together forever, throughout all eternity--not just "'til death do you part." I love my family tremendously, and I'm so happy at the prospect of being with them forever. Someday, I'll get married in the Temple to a virtuous daughter of God, and I can't wait to be sealed to her and our future children forever as well. Another great thing about the Gospel is its hope. Life can seem so pointless if its purpose is for us to live, die, and never have any additional consciousness whatsoever. Life would be so unfair if all the people who lie, cheat, and steal their way to fortune get all the rewards. But that's not how God works. We will live after we die as resurrected beings, together with our families, and we can receive everything God has to offer if we remain faithful to him. If we remain pure and righteous, we have hope that God will take care of us and keep us safe. We will find peace and joy in His kingdom, and we will feel comfort, strength, and undying love in His presence. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the price for our sins, and as long as we have faith, repent, and endure to the end, doing our best to keep God's commandments, we will be made whole and be kept safe through God's infinite mercy. That's why I'm a Mormon--because it means sanctuary. It means hope, happiness, love, and eternal peace.

How I live my faith

I live my faith mainly by being an example of a believer of Jesus Christ. I stay morally clean, I serve anyone I see in need of help, and I treat others kindly. I try my best to be patient with people with whom I disagree, and I do my best to see them the way God sees them--as His beloved children. Soon, I'll be embarking on my church mission to Chile, where I'll spend my days teaching people the Gospel of Jesus Christ and looking for opportunities to serve. I'm currently preparing for my mission in the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. All in all, I try every day to, as Marianne Williamson says, "make manifest the light of God that is within [me]," and hopefully, people will be inspired by my faith and seek for that light themselves.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Richie Angel
There are a couple short, technical responses that can answer why we baptize for the dead. One is because God has revealed through prophets that that's what we should do. Another is that we do so because the ancient saints did, as Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 15:29. My favorite answer, however, is that we baptize for the dead because God loves His children. Jesus taught Nicodemus that "except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). But billions of people have lived on the earth without ever hearing about Jesus Christ, and even those that did often couldn't find the proper priesthood authority to perform the ordinance of baptism. God wants all of His children to return to Him, and it wouldn't be fair if only the few that had the opportunity to be baptized in this life got to enter God's kingdom. By performing proxy baptisms in the Temple, we allow our deceased ancestors to progress and be saved. God always lets us decide whether or not we will follow Him, so those for whom we are baptized get to decide whether they want to accept the ordinance or not. But just like the Atonement of Christ, baptizing for the dead makes salvation possible for anyone and everyone who's willing to accept it and live righteously. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Richie Angel
In general, they will tell you about Jesus Christ, His Gospel, and how we worship Him as the Savior and Redeemer of the world. They will tell you about the Atonement of Christ when he suffered for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and made it possible for us to repent, become clean, and ultimately return to His presence. They will teach about God's great love for us, His children, and for you specifically. They will tell you about God's plan for you and how you can find true, lasting happiness on this Earth. They will tell you about how because God loves us so much, He has not left us alone; just like in Biblical times, he has given us prophets to guide us and show us the way to be happy, receive divine blessings, and inherit all that the Father has to offer us. They will tell you about the first prophet in modern times, Joseph Smith, and how he translated the Book of Mormon and restored the same church that Christ organized while on the Earth in the meridian of time. The Gospel is for everybody, but it blesses us all in different ways. Thus, good missionaries will get to know you and your family, find out what's important to you, and discover how they can best help you come closer to God and Jesus Christ. Most importantly, they will teach you about how you yourself can pray to know that the things that they teach you are true, and that "by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things" (Moroni 10:5). Show more Show less