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Hi I'm Clark M. "Rick" Hardy

I'm an educator, a builder, a husband and a father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a child I loved reading, asking and answering questions, and working with my father and grandfather. Later, I added hunting, fishing, hiking, dancing and reading science fiction to that list. After high school I attended a year of college in southern Utah and then served a two year mission in England. Those experiences added four new "loves" to my list: traveling to new places, meeting new people, teaching, and sharing The Gospel of Jesus Christ. After returning home, these interests and my natural curiosity led me to become a science teacher. I was able to complete a BS degree in Botany and Zoology. While at school I added another "love" to my list. Her name is Lorna. After graduation, I taught middle school science for five years. I was able to help students produce some amazing science fair projects. I also was yearbook advisor and track coach for part of that time. As our family grew, (we have 4 wonderful children) we moved back to my hometown and I obtained a contractor's license and built several homes. During this time I was elected and served as a County Commissioner. Later, my love of teaching and a drop in demand for new housing drew me back to the "kid business". I eventually became an administrator and worked as a principal and superintendent of schools. Currently, my wife and I have been called to serve in the Micronesia Guam Mission. We will leave in about three months and are thrilled for the opportunity to share the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it's true. I'm a Mormon because it works, in everyday life. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in our time. The authority to administer His gospel ordinances has also been restored. Because I have a witness from the Spirit that these things are true, I am a Mormon. If we know something is right, we had better be committed to live it. A famous science fiction author has one of his characters proclaim that in her life she has found two things of priceless value; learning and loving. She maintains that nothing else is lasting or of true value once life is over. This concept of learning and loving really comes close to the heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After 60+ years of experience I know happiness and true joy comes from living the principles of the Gospel of Christ. Everything else is temporary and fades. Love of God, love of Family, love of others is eternal.

How I live my faith

When we took our first teaching position we moved far from our families to a community where we knew only two people. It was a great experience which taught us a lot and helped us to rely on each other. Serving others, especially young people, became something that was natural for us to do. I became a scoutmaster and since I also taught middle school, my troop went from about 5 LDS young men to nearly 20 scouts. Later, we were able to follow this same pattern with the Cub Scout programs. Our LDS Ward sponsored Cub Scouting for far more boys than were in our Ward. During this time, I also taught early morning religious classes (Seminary) to young people and was a counselor in two different bishoprics. After moving, I had the opportunity to serve as a Bishop's counselor and as a Bishop. I served on a couple of community boards and was able to coach T-ball, little league, and the high school track team. My building construction skills provided income, but they also have allowed me to help some folks who really needed minor repairs but didn't have the funds to hire someone to do the work. Somewhere in my life, I realized that religion is not something we just talk about, it is something we do. As we serve others and try to become more Christlike, it becomes even more than something we do, it becomes who we are. I'm far from perfect and there are times I have not done what I knew was right, but I'm trying to follow what Christ would have me do. When I'm done with this thing called mortality, I hope what I believe will be evident in the things I have done.