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Hi I'm Richard

Hi, I’m a retired scientist. I grew up in the church. I Worked in science all my life and I’m a happy Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in Utah I delivered newspapers as a boy and I later worked for a dairy farmer. I learned to love the outdoors. I also learned to love reading, and still enjoy reading and learning. Being raised in a Mormon family was a great blessing that I don’t think I fully appreciated at the time. I planned on becoming a skilled craftsman and after high school I ended up studying and working as a draftsman. When I was twenty, I served two years as a missionary in the Western States Mission. It was a tremendous growth experience for me. While on my mission I decided to go to college and when I returned home I enrolled at the University of Utah. I thought I would become an engineer but I became interested in biology and ended up studying Microbiology. It was while at the University of Utah that I met the lovely young woman, Gloria, who became my wife. We worked together to raise our two little children while we were still in college. We graduated with a Bachelor’s in the same year. She began to teach. I became a graduate student, eventually earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology/Immunology. I have been blessed all my life to have worked in science. Following career opportunities, we have lived in many different states. I finished my career in North Carolina retiring in 2005. After my retirement, my wife and I went on a 18-month humanitarian mission for the Church. We were sent to Russia and it was an exciting and wonderful adventure. We often think about Russia and we love it’s people.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church. My parents set a good example and I had good friends who were members. Many adults in the church nurtured me. My friends and I had good times participating in church activities. But, there came a time when I had to make decisions independent of family and friends. Was I going to go to church on Sunday? Was I going to give the church a significant portion of my earnings? Was I going to try to live church standards while many around me were not? I had decided early to go on a mission for the church. Going meant that the answer to these questions would have to be “yes”. I did go and that experience changed me so drastically that it is hard to describe. Teaching others convinced me that what I had been learning all my life was true. It also let me see the wonderful changes coming into the lives of those who accepted the gospel. I have served in many different callings in the church and serving has made a stronger and better person out of me. Of all the experiences I have had in my life: education, travel, recreation, scientific research and teaching none has brought me greater happiness than those experiences and blessings that have come to me because of my membership in this church and because of my family. I know that God lives, Jesus Christ is our Savior, Joseph Smith was a prophet, he did translate the Book of Mormon by the power of God and through him God restored the gospel in its fullness. One of my most important testimonies is that we have a living prophet at the head of our church today who gives us guidance in this modern challenging world. As a scientist I would challenge anyone to go to Google and put in “Alma 32:27 (a Book of Mormon reference). Then find and try one of my favorite words. It begins with an “e”. One of my greatest blessings is the knowledge that whatever exciting and progressive things the Lord has in store for me in the next life, my wife and I will enjoy it together as husband and wife married for eternity.

How I live my faith

Probably one of the main things I try to do is to love my fellowmen. When I see an opportunity to help someone I try to take it whether they are a family member, a friend, a neighbor or a perfect stranger. I also try to do my part by serving in any spiritual capacity that I am asked serve in. I have frequently worked with the youth and it inspires me to see the next capable generation coming along. I recognize the great blessing of having a family and I have tried to do my best to teach my children what I know to be true. My wife and I have made a major effort all our lives to spend wholesome time with our children and grandchildren, learning, having adventures and having fun. Perhaps even more importantly, even though I am far from perfect, I have tried to set a good example for my family as I have traveled through this life. I have also done my best to give others the opportunity to learn about the wonderful truths that have brought so much light, happiness and peace into my own life.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes I do. I have lived 74 years and during that time (and before) there has been a continuous line of living prophets. Through his spirit, God has witnessed to me that they are and have been his prophets (God certainly has the power to give that witness). Also whenever I have followed their direction it has made my life better and has given me growth, peace and happiness. This result in my life has also been a strong witness verifying to me that they are led by God. I certainly would advise anyone who is wondering to try the following experiment: pray to ask if there is a living prophet today and try acting on his words to see if your life becomes better and happier. If you want to have his witness I would recommend that you contact the missionaries of our church to help guide you in your experiment. Show more Show less