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Hi I'm Rick

I had unanswered questions about the purpose of life. I now know why I am here and where I am going. I am Mormon.

About Me

My career has been developing computer systems. I retired from that a few years ago and now help people gain affordable access to the legal system. I find that work very similar to sharing the gospel. I enjoy being outside in nice weather; taking walks, site seeing, camping etc. I have 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl. I have helped them raise and show llamas for over 10 years. I use natural methods of treating ailments instead of over-the-counter or prescription meds.

Why I am a Mormon

I have attended church in other faiths on a fairly regular basis my whole life. For a period of about 3 years I did not attend a church because I moved to a new area and did not know anyone that attended church. I began to feel that something was missing in my life so I thought it was time to find a church to attend. Then someone moved into the house next door who was a Mormon. She invited me to church. At the time the only things I knew about the church was the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and I knew the name of Joseph Smith, but did not know who he was. So, with virtually no knowledge, I went to my first church service. As soon as I walked into the lobby of the church I was struck with a good warm feeling that this was my home. The missionaries began to teach me the lessons and I began to read the Book of Mormon. As I learned more and more it was as if missing pieces of my "life's puzzle" began to be filled in. I was baptized as a member of the church just 6 weeks after that first visit. During that time my children were very opposed to my investigating the church. One even told me that I was joining an evil cult and gave me an anti-Mormon book to read. Quite a while after I joined the church, I was reflecting on that 6 week experience and realized that even though those that were most important to me, my family, was against my joining the church, I never once hesitated or thought that it was wrong. I knew that I was making the right choice and today I feel even stronger that being a Mormon is where I belong. The Holy Spirit has confirmed to me the truthfulness of the gospel and this church and its teachings. I know why I am here, what I need to do while I am here and where I am going once I leave this live. All of that gives me a tremendous peace, especially during times of trials and struggles. I know Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ and that they live, love us all and want us to return to Heaven to be with them eternally.

How I live my faith

I am very committed to being at all church services every Sunday. Feeling the Spirit there each week recharges me to get through the coming week. I help teach Sunday School lessons to children 6 & 7 years old. Striving to obey God's commandments is very important to me. I participate in our local church's service projects of helping families in need. I assist with operating the area Home Storage Center where both members and non-members come to purchase food supplies for long-term storage or for emergencies. I read the scriptures every day, usually one chapter.