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Hi I'm David Ricks

I live in Southern California's Inland Empire. I am a husband, a father of four, a gardener, a lawyer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was born, the doctors didn't expect either my mom or me to live. With the blessings of God and the Priesthood we both lived. I was raised in Southern California. I am the oldest of six children. My heritage in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints goes all the way back to the days of Joseph Smith, when Thomas E. Ricks joined the Church. Growing up in the Church was a great blessing, it gave me strength when dealings with challenges in high school. I attended BYU-Provo, then went on a mission to Argentina, Rosario. Serving people gave me guidance and direction. Even though I wanted to be a farmer, I knew God wanted me to work with people. With the help of my wife Diane, I decided to go to BYU law school and become a lawyer. When starting my career, one of my rules as a lawyer and a father was that I wanted to be close to my home and kids. So we chose to return to the Inland Empire and Rancho Cucamonga. This has been a great place to raise our kids and for me to work. I was able to be my kids coach in T-ball, basketball and soccer for about 18 years. Besides playing with my kids and being with my wife, I love to garden. Since I couldn't be a farmer, I became a gardener. I have about 25 fruit trees and 1500 square feet of garden. I feed my family and many of our neighbors with what we grow. I love helping people as a business and personal injury lawyer. I feel it is my calling in life to be there for others in their time of need.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ. Being born in the Mormon church helped me learn of the message. But I didn't want to just be a Mormon because my parents were Mormons. I wanted to know the Church was true for myself. The only way I was going to be able to do that was by learning for myself and praying for my own witness of the truth. At 13, I needed to know the truth. I read the Book of Mormon. Then I prayed with all my heart to know if it was true. I learned that night The Book of Mormon was true, the Jesus Christ atoned for my sins, that Joseph Smith actually saw God the Father and Jesus Christ and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is where I needed to be. Once I knew it, I had to live it. I'm not perfect and I have faltered along the way, but because of my belief in the truth of Jesus Christ, I know I can be forgiven and start again. I do a lot of restarting. Living the Gospel brings me pure joy. I need joy in my life. The Gospel brings stability. With a crazy world out there, I need stability. The Gospel gives me confidence in the future. I need not fear knowing that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ and that we are lead by chosen prophets, apostles and leaders of the church who will help us overcome all things. I am a Mormon because I love God and he loves me.

How I live my faith

From the time I was young I was a teacher. I taught other scouts when I was a scout. At age 18, I was asked to teach priesthood holders. Most of those in the class were twice my age. I was teaching men and women as I served a mission in Argentina. I saw lives change with their conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When I came home from my mission I continued to teach in the church. I taught priesthood, seminary, Sunday School and other church classes. These teaching experiences allowed me to grow in the gospel and understand its truths. Because I understand the gospel more now than ever, even though I have so much to still learn, I am able to live my life in accord with the teachings of Christ. As I work as a lawyer and take on leadership responsibilities in the community, I try to take what I have learned over the years to make a part of my business life. I have found that leading with the gospel as your foundation attracts others to your message, whatever it may be.

What is being a Mormon like?

David Ricks
For me, being a Mormon is the greatest blessing I can have in my life. When living the principles and teachings of Jesus Christ, I am able to be happier, friendlier to others, more loving to my wife and children, a better boss and co-worker and a better man overall. Living the life of a Mormon keeps me free from guilt and sin. It allows me to stand for that which is right when everything around me is going wrong. Being a Mormon is pure joy. Show more Show less