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Hi I'm Richie

I'm a born but not raised Texan. I'm a 18-year old athlete, traveller, son, brother, uncle, friend and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life. I love making new friends and helping people to smile more. To help people understand that they are part of a family and they are loved. I believe that a simple smile can save a life. I am so blessed to be part of a worldwide family who makes me feel loved wherever I go. This is important as I have already moved 8 times in 16 years. I love sports of all kinds, including playing and watching basketball, volleyball, golf, rugby and ultimate frisbee. I'm a die hard BYU fan and hope to attend one day. I have to say my favorite athlete is Jimmer Fredette. A former BYU basketball player who now plays for the Sacramento King's in the NBA. In my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, when boys turn 18, they have the opportunity to serve a 2-year voluntary mission where they help and teach people about our faith and beliefs. We believe that families can be together forever even after this life. My brother is currently in Spain on his mission and it has been comforting knowing that he is helping other people come closer to Christ. It's been hard with him gone but I know he is only away from his family for a short time helping others to be with their family. I love thinking of it that way because it is true. I know that I'm gonna see him again and that will be a wonderful day. I am looking forward to turning 18 so I can dedicate my whole life to serving my Heavenly Father as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a member of this church. Not once have I regretted being baptized when I turned eight and decided to follow this gospel. Not once have I been to church and have not seen at least a hundred smiling faces. The atmosphere is always so positive and I know that that has strongly affected me and my attitude each day. Without this gospel I feel that in a way I would almost feel lost. No matter where I move without fail I know that I can always turn to my church friends. They are so welcoming and I get this feeling of happiness whenever I'm around other members of my faith. People on a weekly basis ask me why I am smiling so much or why I am always so happy. I believe happiness is a choice. I know that Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ are real. Jesus died for each and every one of us so that we can return to live with him and our Heavenly Father again. The Holy Ghost is equally a part of my life. This is a messenger and a gift from our Heavenly which which helps guide my thoughts and gives me peace in times of trial or heartache. Prayer is the way we communicate with our Heavenly Father. I promise you that if you have a question relevant to my gospel, if you pray with a sincere heart that you will feel the Spirit and your Heavenly Father answer you. I know Jesus Christ lives. He is my/our Teacher, Master and Friend. He wants the best for us and nothing else. I'm a Mormon, I know it, I live it, I love it!

How I live my faith

I believe everything happens for a reason in its time. Very few things in your life are forever, but one things can be and that is your marriage. My church believes that once sealed together in a temple, by the right authority, you are married for time and all eternity. Things in our life really do happen for a reason. Our Heavenly Father has a plan for everyone and everything. It is how we respond to life's experiences that define who we become. Whether it's a family member passing away or something less difficult, we have the choice to learn and grow or weaken ourselves. In my church I have had various positions of leadership. I have had the opportunity to lead and be led by other youth my age for many years. We look out for each other. We serve each other. It could be formally planed service project or a simple phone call or text every so often. Whether the president of the organization or just a member, I feel a part of them like they are family. I, along with a friend of mine, run a instagram account called @latterdaysaints. I have loved being a part of this and watching people of like faith strengthen each other. It is a wonderful tool for me because I am able to post uplifting/meaningful pictures that I feel youth need to see. I love waking up and posting a picture about our Savior Jesus Christ. It gives me a warm feeling inside that I am never alone. It encourages me to do good and be better.