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Hi I'm Richard

I am a cello performance major at Indiana University. I'm a Mormon, and proud of it. :)

About Me

I absolutely love classical music, and have been playing cello for 12 years. I remember as a six-year-old watching an orchestra on TV, and right then I knew that was what I wanted to do. Recently I was able to play the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Utah Symphony. That was such an amazing experience, one I hope to repeat sometime soon. Along with cello, I also play a Medieval instrument called a Viola da Gamba. That has taken me from Salt Lake City to San Francisco, Chicago, and now Indiana to learn and study music. Music becomes deeper and more meaningful every day. I don't know what I would do without it. Someday I hope to play in a professional symphony. I have two older brothers whom I have always aspired to emulate. My parents are both college professors.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a Mormon, but not because I was ever forced to be. My parents raised me to see the love and power of the Gospel, and I feel it deep within me. Love is the reason I am a member of this church. I love the Lord. I love everything He has given me. I love personal revelation, and knowing that my prayers are answered. I left home to come to a prestigious music school. Leaving everything behind and starting a new life on my own would have been nearly impossible to bear without the church. Through every trial I have faced in the last few months (and believe me, there have been a lot) I have been strengthened and guided. Christ has walked with me through my trials. I have truly felt His love with me. I am so grateful for Him. Christ helps me to see that life is too short and too beautiful to not enjoy.

How I live my faith

I attend my Young Single Adult branch every week. Church has allowed me to meet amazing friends. I love spending time at the Institute of Religion on campus. I go there almost every day because it is a safe, friendly place filled with love where I can learn about the restored truths of the gospel of Christ with and from my friends. I often spend time pondering and praying about what I learn. That, to me, is a very important part of the gospel because the Holy Ghost will make things clear and much more beautiful. Prayer and deep thought allows me to be open to the Spirit. I also teach a gospel class about once a month. It's a little scary because I teach people who are all older than I am, but everyone is very supportive. I love going to church! It makes my whole week so much better.