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Hi I'm Richard

I was born and raised in the United States. I love foreign languages and cultures. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in California, which is where I still, formally, live. I was extremely shy for a majority of my life until the past 3 years. Within these past 3 years, I've been blessed to discover my passion for foreign languages and cultures. I've studied 8 languages in total, and currently am fluent in 4 languages (English, French, Spanish, German), can converse in 2 (Japanese and Chinese), and understand but am not personally fluent speaking the other 2 (Latin and Italian). After starting to learn my first foreign language, everything just fell into place, and my personality changed entirely; transforming the once shy kid to a more outgoing guy. I have went to school and earned an Associates degree in Language Arts, and plan to study at a university to pursue a degree in International Relations and Diplomacy. I also love to sing and play the piano, and, when I was in elementary school/middle school, I played the tenor saxophone in band (which I haven't the faintest idea how to do anymore). I am currently preparing to serve in the Japan Kobe mission for the church, and will enter the MTC on July 9, 2014.

Why I am a Mormon

My story is no different than any other; though, it is still entirely unique. I was born and raised into the church; however, I never, personally, gained a testimony of the Gospel even though we attended regularly. It wasn't until a set of peculiar and unusual circumstances that I gained a true, personal testimony of the Gospel. I had been in certain circumstances in which I was unhappy with my attitude toward life, and I decided to pray to the Lord for a way to experience the joy, peace, and happiness of his Gospel again. He sent me my answer through a person, who later became my best friend and allowed me to realize the magnitude of what the Gospel truly offers. After that, all things began to fall into place. I started studying the Book of Mormon and listening to the talks and lessons given on Sundays and I began to notice that the things that were contained in each of those things paralleled exactly what I desired and needed in life. I began to fervently search these things and began to ponder upon them, and it was at that time that the spirit manifested to me that these things were indeed truth. I firmly stand by my words that the Gospel is true; and that there is no truer thing existing.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by regularly attending my church meetings; I also hold a calling as the Assistant Blazer Scout Leader. I love working with the youth (specifically those who are Blazer scouts), for they are such an inspiration to us all with their diligence and faithfulness.