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Hi I'm Richard D. Hanks

I'm a happy husband and father. I'm grateful for my blessings. I'm 6'6" and mid-fifties. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I feel incredibly blessed that I married my best friend. We have wonderful children and wonderful grandchildren... who are our greatest joy. We grew up in Utah, but raised our family in Chicago, Dallas, and Washington DC. I love working with my hands, and particularly building things from wood.

Why I am a Mormon

The Lord told us that His work and His glory is two-fold... (1) to help us live forever through the resurrection, and (2) to help us live like him. (Immortality and Eternal Life). The full teachings and ordinances that will help us return to him and live with our families are found inside the Church -- that's why I love the Gospel, love the Church, and do my best to follow Him. And... as I find myself falling short, I pick myself up and try to improve. It is the Lord's Grace and His Atonement that make continual improvement possible. As I think about our own children leaving home, experiencing life, finding spouses, getting education and careers, and then having their own children... It just makes complete sense that this circle of life we follow on the earth, would be similar to the circle of life in The Plan of Salvation established by our Heavenly Father.. Living with him before this earth life, experiencing this life, and then having the opportunity to live forever, with God and our loved ones, after this life is over. ...And that ... is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and strive to live it -- in my local Mormon congregation and in my community. I also enjoy volunteering with non-profits who help the less fortunate, both in my American city and in West Africa. I loved being a missionary in Scotland as a young man, and now in Alabama as an older missionary.