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Hi I'm Richard E. Walker

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have Mormon pioneer heritage and have been married for 41 years. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a family man, married with four children and now have 8 grandchildren. I graduated from Utah State University in Logan, Utah with a degree in Geography with a specialization in Land Use Planning. I worked for two local governments in Utah and for the State of Utah for 30 years. I ran my own business for three years and for the last three years worked for a non-profit agency helping rural communities in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, California and South Dakota. I am now retired after my 36 years of work and I am looking forward to serving others on a mission for the LDS Church. I am an outdoors person who loves hiking, camping, photography and hunting and fishing. I also love birds, identifying them, photographing them and observing their behavior. I also love dogs and cats.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since I was 8 years old. However, I did not become actually converted to the LDS church until I was 19 years old. As a teenager I questioned some of the principals of the gospel and made some bad decisions during that time. I did not value prayer and reading and pondering the scriptures both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Then one day my attention was abruptly turned back to the Lord as a result of a car accident. One of the persons in the car was hurt really badly and I felt responsible. The Lord was helping me refocus on my personal need for him in all aspects of life and that I couldn't make it through this life without him. I got down on my knees in a custodial closet in the hospital and plead with the Lord for his blessings to be with my friend and rededicated my life to serving him and my fellowmen. After a long and earnest prayer I then watched the faithful father and the LDS Bishop give my friend a priesthood blessing that was followed by a miraculous healing and my friend left the hospital about three days later with no long term effects. Subsequently I prayed regularly to receive from the Holy Ghost a confirmation that the gospel of Jesus Christ as restored by Joseph Smith was true. Overtime, not all at once, I began to have renewed faith and belief in the gospel. Through serving a mission for the church, once in doubt, I watched the gospel change lives in ways that only our Lord and Savior and the Holy Ghost could. I watched persons embrace the gospel and become closer to the Lord through these principals not available any other way including baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost through the power of the restored Gospel and Priesthood of God by his chosen servant, Joseph Smith.

How I live my faith

I have been a member of the LDS Church since I was eight and served a full time mission to Australia serving the Adelaide and Perth areas. I served the community in which I live by participating in the Sandy City Historic Preservation Commission for 8 years. My wife and I lived in Price, Utah for seven years and in connection with the church I was a clerk keeping church records and also organized regional dances and other activities in that area. Since moving to Sandy City I have had a variety of leadership positions serving both the stake (multiple wards of 300 to 400 members) and an individual ward. Most of my leadership responsibilities have focused on the youth particularly young men in the Boy Scout Programs. I have been in scouting programs for about 20 years of the 29 years living in the same home in Sandy.