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Hi I'm Richard

I grew up as a Mormon, was educated in Utah and Wisconsin, and am a retired Professor of English.

About Me

Of most importance in my life are my relationships with my Heavenly Father, his son Jesus Christ, and my family. I have always loved to learn, and with graduate degrees from a major mid-western university, I had the joy of teaching and writing about American literature on the university level for thirty-seven years. I especially admire and appreciate Henry David Thoreau's Walden, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Herman Melville's Moby Dick, the poems of Emily Dickinson, and the Book of Mormon. I have always been active in Latter-day Saint administrative and teaching positions, and am currently serving my fifth full-time mission with my wife.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because initially I was reared in a Mormon family. I progressively became a converted Mormon as a I studied and strived to practice the teachings of the Bible and the Book of Mormon in addition to other scriptures of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have also benefited greatly from guidance by living prophets and from service in Latter-day Saint temples. In my prayerful study of and reflections on the New Testament, I am increasingly convinced that the church Jesus Christ established and that apostles like John, Paul, and Peter defined is best represented today in the church restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. For six decades, I have also studied the Book of Mormon, and currently ponder on its messages every day. The book is beautifully designed as a work of literature, and being made attractive and memorable through heaven-directed design, it powerfully and movingly joins the Bible as a second witness to me that "Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God" (Book of Mormon title page).

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith by keeping all the covenants I have made with my Heavenly Father. This is an ongoing process in which I do all I can while recognizing my imperfections. In my weakness, I have experienced the truth of the Savior's teaching to the Book of Mormon prophet Moroni: "If men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them" (Ether 12:27). I am committed to serving my fellow men, and I am grateful for the truth spoken by King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon: ""When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God" (Mosiah 2:17).