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Hi I'm Richie

I grew up in Leesburg, VA. I am preparing to serve a mission in Reno, Nevada. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just graduated from High School. Next year I am going to serve a mission that will last for two years. I will serve in the Nevada Reno Mission, Spanish speaking. I am extrememly excited!! When I return from my mission I will attend Brigham Young University, where I hope to study engineering. I love football. I had the unique opportunity to play varsity football for four years at my high school, and I loved every minute of it. I also enjoy watching football. I like watching the Washington Redskins play each week, and I also enjoy watching the BYU cougars play! I also love boating and waterskiing. It has been my dream my entire life to own a boat of my own that I can go waterskiing on. I really enjoy building things. As a little kid(and sometimes still now) I like to play with Legos. I also love my friends. I have been blessed to have great friends in my life. They have supported me in everything I do, and we have had many fun times together. A few of them are preparing to serve missions as well! I also really am grateful for my family. I have again been blessed by having two great parents, and five awesome siblings. They all support me and we have a lot of fun together. I am the oldest out of six kids, and that has been a blessing in my life as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It has helped define who I am, and it has given me so much knowledge and understand about many different topics. I like to think that my knowledge of the Gospel is like a wonderful gift. If I had a brand new ski boat, I would want to share it with everyone. I would take all my friends out for a spin, and would want to show it off. I kinda see the gospel the same way. I want to show it off to all my friends, and share my knowledge of the truthfulness with everyone I come in contact with. This is why I am excited to go and serve a full-time mission for two years, because that is exactly what I will be doing! I know without a single bit of doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church of God. I know that he sent his son, Jesus Christ, down to earth to live and die for all of our sins. I know that if we choose to become baptized and receive the Holy Ghost that we can access the amazing abilities of the Atonement. I know that by doing using the Atonement we can become closer to our Father in Heaven, and experience more joy and happiness than anyone can ever imagine. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want there to be prophets on the earth. That is why they had prophets on the earth during the early times of the bible, and I know that they want there to be prophets on the earth today. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the true prophet on the earth today, and that he was chosen by Heavenly Father. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and I know that it is the most correct book on this earth today. I am grateful for my parents and all that they have taught me, and for the examples that they are to me. I know that we can all return to live with our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ if we are baptized and choose to live our lives righteously. I know these things to be true, and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is undoubtedly a big commitment, but it is worth every minute of it. For the past four years every morning I get up at 6:00 (more like 6:25 after I hit snooze a couple times) and go to early-morning seminary. My high school doesn't start until 9:00, so this is significantly earlier than when most of my peers get up. Seminary is a church class that is held every school day at our local church building, that lasts about 45-50 minutes. We meet in classes divided by our grade in school, and each class has anywhere between 10-20 people in it. Each year during seminary we spend reading, studying, and learning about the scriptures. Each year is a different book of scripture, one year is the Doctrine & Covenants, then the Old Testament (from the bible), then the New Testament, and then the Book of Mormon. I love going, and I am so grateful for seminary. There is no doubt that it is hard to get up early every morning, but I have learned so much from seminary. There is a scripture in the bible, Matthew 6:33 that reads: Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. I think that by going to seminary first thing every morning I am seeking the kingdom of God. There is no doubt that because I have made the commitment to go to seminary every day that I have been blessed because of it. I have excelled in school and in sports and I know that most of my success can be accredited to the fact that I attended seminary. I also go to church for three hours each Sunday. I love going to church, even though three hours might seem long. I get the chance to learn an immense amount each week, and hear of new experiences that can help build my own testimony that the LDS church is the true church of God. I know that the LDS church is the true church of God, and I am grateful for seminary and the opportunities that it has given me to learn and grow.