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Hi I'm Richard Lee Ricks

I'm a 6th generation Mormon. I was born in Ogden, Utah but mostly grew up in Ohio and Virginia and have lived in 8 states.

About Me

I am the 2nd of 9 children born to Artel and Focha Black Ricks. I was born in 1943. I graduated from BYU with degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration. I have 6 children from a marriage with Josephine Lawson (Tom, Greg, Christy, Randy, Julie, Jenny) and one child with a marriage to Vivian Lamb Brett). I worked for Exxon for 30 years, mostly in the Refining Controllers, Minerals Accounting and Exploration Planning Departments. I served a mission for my church to England (1962-1964) and with my wife, Vivian to Salt Lake City as a Family History missionary. We recently were called to serve in the South Dakota Rapid City as a member and leader support missionary. We report to the missionary training center on July 7, 2014.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Spirit has witnessed to me that it is a means by which I can serve others, and it is the gateway by which I can return to my Father in Heaven. It is the way to happiness in this life and in the eternities to come.

How I live my faith

Most of my life centers around my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon Church. For the last 2-and-a-half years I have been helping out at the Charleston assisted living center in Cedar Hills, Utah. I am the clerk of our local congregation, keeping records, assisting with donations, helping out with the resident photo directories, visiting with the elderly and attending many of the funerals of those who pass away. This has been a spiritually rewarding experience.