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Hi I'm Richard MacKillop

I'm a husband, a father of 3 incredible children, and a pseudo-parent to others. I love the Lord, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love adventure! And, my life has been full of adventure! I was born in Izmir, Turkey while my parents were stationed at a US AirForce base in Athens, Greece. My family moved from the suburbs out into country when I was 10 years old, where we built our own house and lived in the cold and the heat of north Texas until it was finished. I served a mission for the LDS/Mormon church in the West Indies, where I served the people of Barbados, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago. I have a wonderful wife of 22 years and 3 incredible children. They are the joy of my life and have been a guiding, motivating force for sometimes putting adventure on hold, and making sure they have all that they need. At work, I'm an entrepreneur at heart. In college I built custom, hand-crafted baby boat beds (while I should have been studying) and installed and repaired hurricane shutters. I have a degree in Computer Science, and I co-founded, built and sold a software company. Right now, I'm busy starting another software company.

Why I am a Mormon

My father was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints while serving in the US AirForce. He ran into some LDS missionaries in Sherman, Texas. He was convinced that he could prove that the Book of Mormon was wrong and the missionaries were mislead. He was convinced that he was right and the LDS missionaries were wrong. However, thankfully he was sincere in his efforts - he really wanted to live God's will and of course, proving The Book of Mormon false was important to him. His prayers for the insights to dissuade the missionaries, were answered instead with a testimony that the Book of Mormon was in fact true. My dad's parents were extremely hostile to his joining the church. His father never forgave him for joining the church. They never fully accepted my mother. For decades, he endured persecution from his family for the decision to join the church. He and my mother drove from Texas to be married in the Salt Lake City temple. No one attended their wedding other than another couple from their ward back in Texas. They chose to follow what they knew to be true, and have been a great example to me. I was raised in the church. As a young teenager, I had heard the Joseph Smith story many times. I didn't think it seemed reasonable for God to use a teenager to build His church. It turns out, just like my dad, I was wrong too. During my early teenage years, I was blessed with several spiritual experiences that I will never deny. I know that God lives. I know that Jesus Christ is my savior. I know that Joseph Smith was called of God as a prophet. And, I know that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ continues today in the Mormon church.

How I live my faith

I want my faith to be evident by my actions. I hope that people know I am follower of Jesus Christ by watching my life. I like to change other people's flat tires on the highway. I try to make others smile. I keep jumper cables and a tow rope in my truck at all times, in case I come across someone in need. I try to get to know my neighbors who live near me, and the other parents at my kid's schools. I want them to trust me enough to let me help them should they have need. I read the scriptures each day so I can hear God's word. I try to listen to His Holy Spirit so I can be of use to Him each day. I exercise to keep myself fit and able to lift and serve. I serve in my church whenever or wherever I'm asked. I've served in boy scouts for many years (lots of adventure there...). And, I’ll work with the youth any time I get the chance. I have served as a home teacher, Sunday school teacher, primary teacher, youth teacher, various BSA scouting positions, member of the bishopric, the high council and other stake callings, and a temple worker. I try to do whatever assignment I am given to the best of my ability, and I refuse to consider that some assignments are "higher" or "lower" than other assignments. In God's kingdom, we are all fellow-citizens and there is no hierarchy. I wash our cars and try to take care of my house and yard so I reflect an image of goodness to the people I live around. I have chosen to follow Christ, and I do my best to keep His commandments and live as I believe He wants me to live. I want my choice to follow Christ to be obvious to others – I want my actions speak louder than my words.