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Hi I'm Rick Craft

I am father, a husband, a grandfather, and a physician. I'm a mormon

About Me

My greatest joy in life comes from my family. I love being a husband, father and especially a grandfather. I love working as an Internal Medicine Physician. I am so blessed to have a career where I enjoy going to work. Working with others and becoming involved in their lives, and assisting them through health and illness has been very rewarding. As much as I enjoy work, nothing compares to the joy I receive being with my family. I live on a small farm and have enjoyed working with my children as we take care of the animals and property. We have developed "great" family memories as we have worked together. When we talk about memories together, our episodes of rounding up cows from our neighbors' fields always comes up. I live in a family where music is very important. I play the alto sax (not well, but I enjoy it) but my wife and daughter are very good musicians. My sons also play instruments like I do. We enjoy playing together - a flute, piano, 3 sax, trumpet and a trombone. When we make music, it's a good thing we don't have close neighbors. We have also enjoyed playing together. We have had many wonderful memories going on simple but fun trips, mostly to national parks. One of our favorite vacations was sea-kayaking off Vancouver Island. We were treated to many encounters with Orcas, which was thrilling. I also love golf and my favorite golf buddies are my wife and children. One of my great thrills was getting a hole-in-one while playing with 3 of my sons.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the church essentially my whole life. My father joined when I was 14, but even before that he always came to church with us, as he felt you should go to church with your kids and not just send them. Even before he developed a belief in the church he recognized the benefit it was to his family. I have a firm belief in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This was developed when I was in my late teens as I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it. I have felt the sure witness that only comes from the Holy Ghost. I know it is true. I have studied the church extensively. I have an unshakable belief that Joseph Smith really saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I know the Book of Mormon was translated by the power of God. This Church has helped me understand who I am, why I am here, and the purpose of life. It has helped me understand my Savior and helped me develop a relationship with Him. Christ is at the center of my life, and this relationship is sweet and wonderful and helps every aspect of my life. At work I see many hundreds of people and families. I see the effects of those who don't know Christ, those who don't understand the purpose of life. I see the effects of those who do not follow God's commandments. I see the blessings I have by being a member of this great church. I am convinced that anyone who embraces it will see their lives become better, more fulfilled and see much joy.

How I live my faith

I enjoy serving in the community and in the church. I have had the opportunity to serve in the medical community on many occasions, from serving on committees to being Chief of Staff of the hospital. I especially enjoyed the challenge of serving as Chairman of the Ethics Committee for many years. This was an opportunity where the core values I learned in my home and church were invaluable. I now concentrate more time with church service. I have had the opportunity to teach the youth, which is so much fun. Now I am working with a number of congregations, helping the leaders and members. I get the chance to meet with many people. This gives me the opportunity to assist those who are having struggles in their lives. I get to help people with "spiritual illness" which is just as important and rewarding as helping those with medical illnesses. My life is blessed so much as I have this opportunity to remind people how important it is to keep our Savior at the center of our lives. Our lives are always better when centered on Christ.