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Hi I'm Rich

Born and raised in England. I'm a university student studying Aerospace Technology, I like films and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi I'm Rich! That's my name not a statement about myself! I'm 21 years old and I'm a university student studying Aerospace Technology in my first year. I also work part time as a sales assistant to fund my schooling and I love planes! When I can I play sports such as tennis and football and also I watch a lot of films with my friends and family. As I grew up I was in the air cadets and I had the rank of Flight Sergent and I achieved scholarships for both powered flying and gliding and in both I achieved solo standard. Those memories are ones that I treasure and the lessons I learned have helped me achieve a lot thus far in my life. I love to fly and I hope to pursue it as a career someday in the Royal Air Force in the UK.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I grew up in a Mormon family and I went to church every week I know it was down to my own decisions that I am still here and living in this way. A big part for me was reading and finishing the Book of Mormon and gaining an assurance from God through the Holy Spirit that it was true and that Jospeh Smith was a true prophet of God, which meant that the Church which was organised by Jesus Christ through him was true. Ever since then I have felt and noticed God's love for me in my life and His part in making my everyday challenges and difficulties easier. During my time as a missionary in the Philippines it was amazing to me to see that the Gospel of Jesus Christ and also The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is exactly the same anywhere you go. The teaching, the concept even the leadership is all the same and I know that this is all inspired and is a real witness to me that God has planned this because he loves us so much that he wants us to be unified in our faith. In the church that Christ organised whilst on the earth it was made of exactly the same foundation and so having it back in it's fullness is such an important part for all of us to be helped in seeking eternal life and happiness. I also enjoy the many lessons that I learn. As a missionary I learned many valuable lessons that have taught me many skills for my life and are shaping me into the person that Heavenly Father wants me to be. I know that he has prepared a plan for me and that through the atonement of His son, Jesus Christ, we can be perfected and shaped. The atonement lifts us up when we need strength and it also cleanses our soul when we repent from sin. It is eternal and limitless and therefore whatever we have done it is able to be forgiven and move on in our lives knowing that we will be helped.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through both the little things each day and the big tasks that come around. I recently returned from my full time missionary service in the Philippines where I was blessed with the opportunity to firstly serve God and also develop a great spiritual foundation for myself. Serving a mission was a major building block in my life to continue living as a member of the church and that is where I can honestly say I was truly 'converted' to the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a missionary it is our responsibility to serve the people around us in the areas we are assigned, to love them and invite them to come unto Jesus Christ. I was blessed enough to learn the local language Tagalog and have developed great friendships with the Filipino people that I have grown so close to. When it was time for me to come home from my mission I knew that I could not turn around and be the person I used to be before I left but that I needed to continue to lay my spiritual foundation everyday. Everyday I read the scriptures and pray to our Heavenly Father and I feel this is the way in which I really develop a good relationship with him and continue to live everyday the faith which I have. I know that these are important steps for all of us to grow closer to Him and also to finding the truth. I am also very involved with the church in my local area. I am a leader for the missionaries in this area and I coordinate their work in the community each week, plan with them to improve their efforts and also provide communication between them and the local members to be unified in preaching and living the gospel. I also teach lessons at the church for visitors and new members to introduce them to the teachings of the LDS church. I also am involved with the young single adults organisation and the institute or gospel learning programme in the area. I mainly provide lifts for others and organise. I also try to help someone everyday, reaching out and being kind to those in need or generally.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

In the same way that when a new employee starts work at a company he signs a contract that includes rules, regulations and standard that they must abide by in order to keep their job or avoid disciplinary action. One cannot simply start the job without the contract else they would not be paid and receive an income for the things they are doing. Similarly in the church, when we are baptised we make covenants or promises with God which are similar to the rules and standards in an employees contract that if we keep we are promised that we will be blessed for it. Jesus Christ taught that we must be baptised by immersion and even set the example for us (Matthew 3:15-16). Through baptism by the proper authority (priesthood) we gain forgiveness of our sins and also become members of His church and begin the path to gaining a place in His kingdom. Baptism is essential and is the only way in which we can return to our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ and gain eternal life. This is the reason that we baptise our new members, so that they can begin their spiritual journey to eternal life. Show more Show less