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Hi I'm Richard

I am a pediatrician in Denver. My father is Jewish, my mother a member of the daughters of the Utah Pioneers. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am over 70 years old now, but I feel younger. I was raised LDS by a faithful LDS mother of three who married a wonderful, honest, faithful Jewish man, a brilliant scientist and chief metallurgist with the Bureau of Mines, Department of the Interior. Duriing his lifetime my father never joined the LDS church, but he encouraged his wife, my mother to "raise us LDS because it was a good family oriented church." I was baptised at the age of 8 in Nevada, where I had attended primary, the youth branch of the Mormon church, having had great teachers. We later moved to Salt Lake City when I was 11 years old. I had wonderful LDS friends there, and they helped me appreciate the many blessings I received from being a member of the church. After completing my pre-med requirements, I served a 2 year mission for the LDS church in Scotland, and had a great growth experience there servicing with about 24 companions in Ayr, Glasgow and Aberdeen. I saw many of the fine Scots join the church after reading the Book of Mormon and learning about the principles of the church. I attended medical school in Utah, and there met my wonderful wife (of now 46 years), who joined the LDS church in England, immigrated to the US, and was teaching school in Salt Lake when we met on a blind date. I have been a practicing pediatrician in Colorado for over 30 years. We have four children (all active LDS) and 12 grand children.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 17, I visited many churches in the area, attending services, and talking with their ministers. These discussions gave a feeling of reverence for these different faiths, but also reinforced the special knowledge I had of the truthfulness of the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I think this also, in good faith, allows me to challenge others to learn about my church. When I was 15, I attended early morning seminary, studying the Book of Mormon, which is a book which contains a thousand year record of a group of Israelites who left Jerusalem about 600 years before Christ. This group, led by a man named Levi, a prophet, was directed by God to sail to the Americas. This group were the ancestors of the native American.These early Americans were taught by prophets, believed in Jesus Christ, who was to come, and who, after his crucifixion and death in the old world in Jerusalem, made a miraculous visit to the people in the "new world" and taught them His gospel. The Book of Mormon contains this history, and is another witness of the divinity of our Savior. and along with the Bible, teaches mankind how we should live, and what we should believe. I believe both the Bible and Book of Mormon to be the word of God. Joseph Smith was a modern prophet who translated the Book of Mormon from gold plates, under God's direction. He received the priesthood, the authority to act for God, from heavenly messangers, and he restored many lost gospel truths. And finally, the "fruits of the gospel", which is the joy in serving others, raising a righteous family, and seeing miracles happen through faith, prayer and the authority of the God's priesthood which is held by the church, are reasons why I am a Mormon. I hope you will investigate the church and find out for yourself, that this isn't just another church, but is, in reality, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

How I live my faith

I do my best to be a good pediatrician, citizen, family member, husband, father and grandfather. I accept church callings (our entire congregation is volunteer, unpaid -- including our bishop who is starting his own business and still administers the affairs of our church congregation of over 400 people. Iand my home teaching congregation visit three other families in the "ward" each month as "home teachers". (our local congregation is called a ward, and is formed by the members within about a two square mile area of our Denver Metro area.) Home teachers help fellowship the families they are assigned to, and help them in illness or other needs. We are the arms and hands of the bishop to a certain extent. I am also the pianist for the childrens organization of the church (called the "primary"), and the pianist for the ward choir, which practices weekly, and sings a number in our main church meeting once a month. I try to pray to my Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, personally and with my wife daily and and try to read about 2 pages of scriptures daily. I try to be a good neighbor and friend to LDS member and non-LDS members alike. In January my wife and I will be serving a six month "couple mission" in Portland, Maine, working with the church there and with investigators and recent converts, especially African refugees. My wife Elizabeth speaks French, and many of these African natives are French speaking. We are looking forward to this wonderful experience of service.