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Hi I'm Richard Ferguson

I was born to goodly parents, and raised in North Ogden Utah. I have my own family now, where I try to emulate them.

About Me

I lived in Denmark for two years, where I shared the gospel with the people there who I grew to love. I came home and married a wonderful woman, and shortly thereafter graduated from college with a degree in Economics. We have been blessed with five children. I have spent my career in the finance industry. Our family loves to travel, spend time at our cabin, as well as working and learning together. I personally enjoy learning about my family history and have spent a lot of time learning about how to research my ancestors.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon, so for the first 20 years of my life, I was a Mormon because of who my parents are. They were also both born in the church, as were three of my four grandparents. The roots go deep. But one cannot live on "borrowed" light. While my faith in the gospel grew as a child, my faith didn't become my own until I served a mission to Denmark. It was there that I worked through the good times and the bad, until my own seed of faith sprouted. Today, as I daily read, ponder, and pray - and as I go through the many difficulties this life is designed to present to us - my faith has only grown. I do not know how I would manage through this life without the joy the gospel brings. Mind you, there are plenty of hardships that faith brings as well.

How I live my faith

Our family has been greatly blessed by our active involvement in our faith. I have had the opportunity to serve in many capacities in the church, such as working in the Scouting or youth programs, where we work to help the young people build up their faith and their life skills. Some of my funnest memories are what we call the high adventure camps, where we have taken whitewater rafting rides, canoeing trips, and backpacking excursions. We even spent a few days re-enacting and living as handcart pioneers, who had to walk and pull their supplies and belongings across the plains. These experiences serve to help the youth gain perspectives on what is really important in life, and to become motivated to live virtuous lives to avoid the pain so many experience today. I have also had the opportunity to work as a leader of our local congregation for five years. This was a sweet experience where I was able to become closer to my friends and neighbors as we sat in counsel together to discuss the trials and challenges of our lives. It was during this time that my wife and I experienced the loss of our son, who was a full-term still born child. The outpouring of love and concern, as well as faith help us all get through that experience, for which we are better people. It is interesting how God uses these experiences to not only bless our family, but also how it blessed the lives of many in the congregation - who had their faith strengthened as a result.