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Hi I'm Rick

Hi. I was born and raised in Boston and spent my career in journalism. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spent my professional career in newspapers and have always loved the written word. Music has always been a big part of my non-profit life. I have sung in many choral groups and love close four-part harmonies. I am a lifelong Red Sox fan and try to see them play at least once a year in person, wherever I may be living. I am happily married and have five children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and love them all, regardless of how old they make me feel. Good thing I have older siblings, so I'll always be able to be younger than somebody.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a young adult, I did everything I could think of to be happy. I did these things enthusiastically for a serious period of time, only to come to the realization that I was really not happy. Actually I was bone-deep miserable. So I uttered a sincere prayer for help and received a very distinct answer that I needed to get my act together and follow God. So I went back to my local Protestant church and did my very best for two years. After two years, I began to feel that there had to be more than I was getting there. So when the Mormon missionaries knocked on my door, I was ready to listen. And everything they had to say just resonated with me. As I later discovered, it was the Holy Ghost testifying to me that what they were telling me was true. Six weeks later I was baptized and, more than 30 years later, I can truly say that it was the single best decision I have ever made. This church is true. And it has made me truly happy.

How I live my faith

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 32, and it remains the single best thing I have ever done for myself, because it brought me closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ, than I had ever been before. I have been privileged to serve others in many ways, including as choir director and Primary Chorister (which involves teaching music to children from age 3 to 12). I have made lasting relationships with many families as I have visited and brought them faith-building messages as a home teacher. My wife and I have shared the Gospel with people investigating the church and have taken great joy in sharing our testimonies. Many of these people remain dear friends today, many years later. The love we have felt in this church, working with others, caring for others, mourning with others, rejoicing with others, has simply filled our hearts and developed bonds that will endure forever. We are currently preparing to leave our home and serve an 18-month mission for the church. We can't wait.