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Hi I'm Richard

I'm a father, a husband, and a son.

About Me

I am happily married with 4 children. I work as the Rehabilitation Coordinator at our community hospital. I have my MBA and my first Masters degree was in Speech Pathology. I like running, scouting and public speaking. So far, I have run 14 full marathons. My goal is to run a marathon in every state. I am an Eagle Scout and have helped both son's earn their Eagle Scout rank. I served my mission in Brazil, Sao Paulo South and I am a Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon faith and baptized at age 8. I gained my own testimony when challenged by a youth Sunday school teacher to pray and ask God if this church was true. It is comforting to know that Heavenly Father knows me and listens to my prayers and answers them. I was sealed to my parents and my brother and sister when I was 14. This special event happened around on April 6, 1982. It was right before or after General Conference that spring. I am so glad that we have temples close by us today. I try and worship in the temple each month. Usually, my wife and I go together.

How I live my faith

I am the Branch executive secretary and an assistant clerk. Each week I make sure to count the members in attendance at Sacrament meeting as well as keep our Branch President organized and on track as he ministers to the local members. As a member of the church I try to read my scriptures daily and live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. I like a popular mnemonic WWJD (what would Jesus do?) but change it slightly, "What would Jesus have me do?" In my family we try and read each day as well and on Monday nights we try and have Family Home Evening. That's were we learn together as a family and plan for the coming week.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Each missionary from the United States knows their mission will cost $400 a month. Many missionaries will work and save for their missions before leaving to serve. Some wards and branches will agree to support the missionary at the time they are serving or pay for part of those expenses. On our church donation slips, there is a place for general missionary fund and for ward missionary fund. Show more Show less