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Hi I'm Richard

I have many hats - husband,dad, grandpa, mfg-engineer,inventor, tribologist, quality manager, six-sigma black belt, and carpenter

About Me

First and foremost in my life I'm a husband, father and a grandfather. I cherish family and the relationship I have with a wonderful wife who is so much my mentor and partner in all things. I enjoy working with my hands and building furniture, gardening, and making home improvements. I have spent many years working in manufacturing and engineering environments. I have made diamond out of graphite.I have designed bearings and engine components with 10 patents to my name. I have worked with and visited manufactures in more than 20 states and 8 countries. I enjoy woodworking, engineering, manufacturing, and working with my hands. Yet I struggle with complex social relationships, sports, and language. I meet the definition of someone with Aspergers but have not pursued a diagnosis, I have used my knowledge of Aspergers to make my life more fulfilling with the talents that I have been given. I do not allow my weaknesses in life dictate who I am, I utilize the talents that I have to make life wonderful. Yes life is a test and things do not always go as we desire, but the blessings in life are worth the challenge.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to have grown up as a member of the church. As I have traveled around the world and have gotten to know people of many cultures, religions and political backgrounds, I have gained an appreciation for the diversity in the world. At the same time I have received a great appreciation for the knowledge I have been given of the fullness of the gospel. I cherish the knowledge that God our Father does indeed live, that He sent his Son Jesus Christ to provide a way back to live with Him. That He does speak through His prophets today so that we may be given direction while we are in this mortal life. But most of all I am thankful for the knowledge that God loves each of us, and knows us better than we know ourselves. As God's children we are his most precious creation.

How I live my faith

I have served in many areas of the church including a two year mission in Tennessee. At one time I served as Scout Master and had the opportunity to be involved with the growth and development of some very special young men including a couple who were able to earn their eagle awards. Right now I have the best assignment in the church, Ward Clerk (records and finances for our congregation). This calling allows to to be involved with everyone in the congregation and I often see how people are making their lives better through the gospel. I also have the opportunity to work closely with the Bishop (congregational leader) as decisions are made and activities planed. There is no financial benefit in serving in the church but the blessings that it brings into my life and lives of those I serve is worth every moment.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Richard
I believe the Lord has given each of his children a stewardship to bless the lives of others. We all have abilities to enrich the lives of those around us, when we loose ourselves in service we find joy in our lives. The best welfare service comes from helping someone become self sufficient. Providing help while someone learns skills or recovers from illness is often part of the path to independence. None of us can do all things; but when we work together, use the talents that we have been given, and show love to one another we are blessed with some of the greatest blessings in this life. I have worked in many industries and have been to manufactures in many states and countries. I have seen the poverty and work ethic of 3rd world countries. But have seen the desire everywhere I go to make life a better. Show me a people who: Grow and cook their own food. Make their own clothes. Build their own homes. Produce their own fuel. Manufacture all they consume. Strive to be self sufficient. Share their abundance with those in need. Believe in a God. And I will show you a rich and mighty nation. I find great joy in helping others to become independent by sharing the skills I have. Show more Show less