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Hi I'm Rich

I grew up in Oregon. I enjoy family, non-fiction reading, science, vegetable gardening, serving others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and a father of three precious daughters. I enjoy working in the garden, reading non-fiction, spending time with family, and being involved in clean water projects in Latin America. I spent much of my career in health care financial management but the last three years I increasingly work in growing a construction supply company that a friend and I co-own. I joined the LDS faith when I was 23; after spending the previous 7-8 years with no belief in God.

Why I am a Mormon

The truthfulness of the gospel runs deep into my soul. The gospel of Jesus Christ brings happiness, direction, true purpose to my life. Important questions as to why we are here are clearly answered. My faith provides a firm foundation, an anchor for me and my family in the storms of life. As a child and in my early youth I attended Protestant faiths, During my high school years I cast off my belief in a God, and was proud to be an atheist. In college, as a science major, I studied & learned about the complexities in even the simplest of organisms, & as a result, I began to doubt my unbelief. I was no longer content to believe that life, animals, plants, in all of its varied forms, had evolved on its own. I made a decision that after college I would find out if there was a God, and then align myself with a faith I felt comfortable with. For example, I was told by Christian friends of certain faiths that someone accepting Christ was more important to God and ones salvation, than leading a Christ-like life. In my heart, I knew that wasn't truth, and could not accept a god with such teachings. My good friend, Gregg, told me there was a true church; that Christ's church that had been restored to the earth. I hadn't considered that there was a "true" church. I was not interested in looking into the LDS church until Gregg told me that Heavenly Father created us to become like Him; that because of the love He has for us He wanted His children to have the joy He has. At that moment I wanted to know if there was a god and if the teachings of the LDS church were true; because if they were there could be no greater gift than to become like our Heavenly Father. On occasions to numerous to count, I have had the truthfulness of doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ confirmed to me by the Holy Spirit. For that I am eternally grateful.

How I live my faith

My favorite time to study the scriptures is first thing in the morning before the responsibilities of the day kick-in. I find this helps how well I use my opportunities during the day. I like how I feel after studying the word of a God. I find it to be a great time to ponder what I have studied. My current calling is an Executive Secretary to an Area Seventy. I provide administrative support to him in his service of training church leaders and other church service, in much of Oregon and part of Washington. This calling provides me a wonderful opportunity to get to know many of the key church leaders in several of the stakes in Oregon and Washington. A stake is made up of 6-12 congregations.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Rich
Latter-day Saints (Mormons) definitely believe and love the Holy Bible. It is the word of God; writings by prophets that among other things prophesizes and testifies of Jesus Christ. We believe God speaks to prophets today and as a result we recognize additional writings as Holy Scripture also. Show more Show less