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Hi I'm Richard

I'm British (and Welsh (and Persian)) and I'm a husband, father, and a software engineer. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've always been interested in computers - using them, building them, playing with them. My father taught me to program from a young age, and I carried that into my academic and professional life - I have worked with computers before and since graduating from University. Whilst at University I met the wonderful woman who is my wife, and the mother of our three lovely children. My sport of choice is Judo - I have a black belt, and am a qualified coach - although as I get older, I find it harder to maintain fitness, and injuries take longer to heal. I have fenced (foil) casually as well, and I love to swim. I have an interest in languages, if no actual talent for them, and can just about hold a basic conversation in German, and I have been learning Arabic. I play the trumpet, ocassionally, and I sing in the church choir.

Why I am a Mormon

Having been brought up as an athiest, with one athiest parent and one agnostic parent, I had no interest or inclination to learn about religion in a personal sense, and I found other people's belief in things for which I saw no evidence strange. I was introduced to the missionaries by a friend whilst visting the states, and in order to be able to that I had indeed tried their challenge, (to read the Book of Mormon, pray about it, and see if I received an answer) and reply in the negative, I tried the challenge. What I wasn't expecting (or prepared for) was to actually receive an answer! The unmistakable confirmation that what I was asking about was indeed true. Not only was it unexpected, it was also not what I was looking for - I didn't want to have a religion. However, having received an answer (and just to make sure, I repeated the experiment a number of times) I would have been lying to myself if I'd denied it. It took a year for me to actually be prepared to get baptised - some things in my life needed a little sorting out first. But eventually I did, and it has helped be to be a much better person - more helpful, friendly, honest, and nicer to be around. I am grateful to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for the gospel, and the way it benefits my life, and that of my family.

How I live my faith

I've had various responsibilities within the church over the years, from administative duties, to teaching the youth and organising activites, to the one I have now, where I'm responsible for teaching and organising the men, who are over 18 years old. This includes people with a wide range of ages, experience and educational levels, and has some interesting challenges. The young men, who are sometimes still at school, have different needs to those who are married with children, or elderly. Endevouring to provide adequate training and opportunities for them to serve occupies my of my thoughts, prayers and time. However, the greatest responsibility I have is to be a good husband and father within my own home. The experiences I have had as I've grown, in my marriage and as a parent, have been greatly informed and immeasurably improved through the gospel, and the influence of the Holy Ghost in my life.