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Hi I'm Richard A. Nelson

I am a descendant of Pioneers. My wife Karren and I believe that families can be eternal! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up the youngest of 7 sons on a small family potato farm in Annis, Idaho. We worked together as a family to plant and harvest our crops each year. My parents are both descendants of Mormon Pioneers. My Mother is still living and active at 96 years old. My Father served in the Air Force in Italy on a B24 Bomber during World War II. I am grateful for the values that they instilled. Truly their lives emulated the values of the greatest generation. I served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1982 in Baton Rouge Louisiana. I loved the people in the South and developed a taste for Cajun cuisine. In 1985 I graduated from Ricks College and married a beautiful girl named Karren Partridge. We have been blessed with 5 children. Today our children are serving missions and pursuing college educations and working. We enjoy being together. We love the beauty of the great outdoors nearby. The Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park are some of our favorite places. These beautiful places always inspire us and deepen our sense of gratitude. We love and are grateful for each member of our family. We face all of the normal challenges that any modern family faces. But, our belief in eternal families provides us with a long-term perspective about the importance of family relationships. When challenges arise, we have found that having a long-term perspective makes a huge difference.

Why I am a Mormon

I was was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was 8 years old. My parents always attended church and taught us to do the same. In my late teen years, I was a rebellious youth and questioned the faith of my parents. I went to Fresno California to stay with some extended family. I ended up working on a farm for some very good Evangelical Christian people. They were good to me, but I soon learned that they seriously doubted the veracity of my parents faith. They helped me come to realize that I had to find out for myself and have my own faith. I determined to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. I attended church weekly. I began to pray each night and morning. In time, as I did so the knowledge that the Book of Mormon was true distilled upon my heart and mind as feeling of peace and joy. I came to know that my Savoir, Jesus Christ would help me improve my life. I came to know in my heart that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints was the Lord's true and living church upon the earth and that it contained the fullness of the gospel. I realized that more than anything else I wanted to keep the commandments and someday have an eternal family. I remembered many things that my Parents had taught from my youth that I had nearly forgotten. In my zeal I began to share my newly restored faith with my Christian colleges, but they weren't exactly thrilled for me. However, during the course of the year I worked there, I had the opportunity to answer many questions and explain my faith and share my testimony. I am forever grateful for the interaction and association that I had with good Christians of another faith.

How I live my faith

My faith in God is the greatest treasure in my life. It strengthens our marriage and family. I have made plenty of mistake as a Husband and Father. But, my Heavenly Father is always there. I feel His love and guidance through my daily prayer a scripture reading. Increasing my understanding of the blessings of the atonement of Jesus Christ helps us to increase love, understanding and forgiveness in our family. We attend church weekly and I find this increases my personal peace and gives me the added strength of a community of people who love me and care about my family. We try to give service in the Church. We give talks, teach classes, and look for opportunities to serve to our neighbors. We have worked on finding our ancestors and we enjoy attending the temple. Our lives are busy with work and school each day. I serve on the local school board. But, our favorite time is being together or going on family outings.