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Hi I'm Rick

I was born in a small town in Colorado. I've been to Japan more than 60 times. I like cars and motorsports and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happily married father of five, and grandfather of one living in St. Louis, Missouri area. I work in the automotive industry and enjoy cars and motorcycles. I lived in Japan as a missionary before I got married and learned to speak the Japanese Language. I later went back to Japan while in the Army and now travel to Japan multiple times each year for work.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that was actively involved in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so I learned about Jesus Christ and His gospel from an early age. However, after high school I wasn't sure if I should remain in fully activity in the church. I drifted somewhat aimlessly for a time until I committed to finding out if the Book of Mormon and subsequently the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true. I read the Book of Mormon at age twenty and received a witness from the Holy Spirit that it was indeed the word of God, and then I decided to commit to try to live a Christ centered life and be actively involved in the Mormon Church from that time forward. I have been blessed in many ways because of that witness and my decision. I am thankful for my wife, children and grandson. I am thankful for the spirit of peace that is in my daily life. I am thankful for the joy that I have experienced when I am trying diligently to live a Christ-centered life. I am thankful for the satisfaction I receive as I try to serve those around me.

How I live my faith

I have enjoyed being a Sunday School teacher for many years and am grateful that it helps me to read and study the scriptures during the week to prepare for my class.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Our Heavenly Father has blessed us with free agency and the ability to choose for ourselves what actions we will do. Missions are voluntary. Mormons are not required to serve a mission, however a mission is considered a sacred duty for young men who hold the Priesthood and are over age 18. Young women over age 19 may also serve a mission. Missionaries are not paid for their service and are encouraged to work before their missions to save money to pay for their living expenses while on their missions. It is common for the families of the missionaries to pay for all or some of the missionaries living expenses. Missionaries serve from 18 to 24 months and return home after their service is complete. Show more Show less